Michael Sam to appear on WWE Monday Night Raw?
On last night’s broadcast, Jerry “the King” Lawler said, “If he chooses to accept our invitation, we’re going to give Michael Sam an open microphone to tell his side of the story.”
Sam, the NFL’s first openly gay player, was cut by the St. Louis Rams on Saturday. Nor was he added to the team’s 10-man practice squad. Having cleared waivers, he can now sign with any team. Sam reportedly has an offer from the Montreal Alouettes of the Canadian Football League on the table.
The Rams picked Sam, a star defensive end from the University of Missouri, in the seventh round of the NFL draft, which suggested that making the roster would be an uphill climb. The Rams released three other seventh-round picks on Saturday. According to ESPN, “Of the 41 picks made in this year’s seventh round, only 22 made initial 53-man rosters, while just four made it on to a practice squad. Another five seventh-rounders were placed on injured reserve.”
As The Inquisitr previously reported, Sam’s preseason performance included three sacks and 11 tackles, including a team-high six tackles in the final preseason game. Certainly a solid performance, but not so stellar that most teams would keep a seventh round pick who plays a position they already have well covered.
As far as Michael Sam’s potential WWE appearance, CBS Sports explained that “Although showing up on Monday Night Raw probably wouldn’t make any sense for Sam, the offer makes plenty of sense on Vince McMahon’s end. The WWE owner is known for outrageous stunts and what better way to go up against Monday Night Football next week than airing an interview with Sam.”
On the WWE website, Vince’s daughter Stephanie, the company’s chief brand officer, wrote that “Exhibiting class and dignity rarely shown in professional sports, Michael Sam, WWE invites you to next Monday’s Raw to speak of your struggles to succeed, lessons you have learned along the way, the courage it takes to be yourself and the prospects of your continued journey. You are a role model, who, by example, can encourage everyone to stand up and openly be themselves.”
The Baltimore Sun — the newspaper of the city where next week’s Raw takes place — was less-than-enthusiastic about the whole idea: “It’s a publicity stunt by the WWE, plain and simple. The odds of Michael Sam showing up to Raw is exceptionally low. Even if he did want an interview somewhere, there are far bigger outlets that he would be able to instantly get one with, whether it’s ESPN, SI, Fox, or even Oprah. So unless Sam has wrestling aspirations that we never knew about, there’s almost no reason for him to show up to the Raw taping. But playing the graphic three times certainly has had the reaction that the WWE wants, as mainstream outlets have started to pick up on the story. And with Monday Night Football starting up again next week, the WWE can use all the buzz they can get.”
Week one of Monday Night Football on September 8 will feature a double header; the New York Giants at the Detroit Lions followed by the San Diego Chargers versus the Arizona Cardinals. The NFL is a TV powerhouse, so it seems unlikely that Raw plus Sam could make a significant dent in the ratings for the benefit of the WWE.
Do you think Michael Sam will agree to show up on WWE Monday Night Raw?
[Image Via businessinsider.co.id]