I’m not sure what to believe any more. On one hand, this adidas/Foot Locker commercial explicitly states that Ricky Rubio is NOT a backyard wrestler. But on the other hand, there he is wrestling a Brian Scalabrine clone.
Do you go with your brain or your heart on this one? Just like you, I want to believe Ricky Rubio wrestles friends and wears bandanas in his spare time, but it seems like that isn’t the case.
Whatever. As far as I’m concerned he’s a backyard wrestle who can’t possibly hurt his surgically repaired knee. It just feels better that way. The choice is yours.
Sometimes there are just things that are very good ideas, then those ideas are executed and the final product is even better than you would have imagined. That’s exactly the case with the Jordan Brand Aero Flight wrestling pack that takes the look of a few of your favorite WWE superstars from back in the day and turns them in to shoes.
The three wrestlers turned in to shoes — Macho Man (above), Jake “The Snake” Roberts, Legion of Doom (after the jump) — all have distinctive looks and are all therefore distinctive shoes. Jordan Brand’s non-signature models don’t get a lot of love even though they are always solid performance sneakers, but maybe that is because they usually aren’t based on looks from when wrestling was at its most hilarious. I don’t know if this will change that perception, but maybe it will lead to more shoes that look like wrestlers, which would be good news for all of us. Plus, if Stephen Jackson wears any of these during the season, even better.
Personally, the Jake the Snake and Macho Man ones are my favorite, mostly because the Legion of Doom shoes just look like normal shoes and are quite obviously lacking the requisite spikes that come along with any thought of LOD. And though this is a great start, I think we’d all love to see these expanded to include such luminaries as Hulk Hogan (red and yellow) and the Ultimate Warrior (pinks and oranges, with outrageously long laces). In fact, I wouldn’t be mad if Jordan Brand decided to make 50 versions of these, just so they could feature guys like Bam Bam Bigelow (all flames) and Tatanka (mostly brown with a red stripe down the middle). Maybe you’re not crazy about the shoe since the Aero Flight isn’t a sneaker that gets people super excited, but you have to admit basing them on wrestlers is still very smart. Ooooohhhhhhh, yeeeeeeaaaaaaah.
“No one throws any punches out there. NBA guys? We are not about that. It’s all WWE to us. We’re fake tough guys. No one throws any real punches.” — Brendan Haywood, when being asked about his “double-punch” on Dwight Howard