LeBron James delivered a devastating Tombstone Piledriver right through the heart of WWE wrestler The Undertaker during the Cavaliers season opener against the Knicks.
The iconic wrestler decided to attend the Cavs opener after noticing LeBron wore an Undertaker shirt during the NBA Finals. The 51-year-old showed up in full garb with a posse and waited to see James after Cleveland’s victory. It didn’t quite work out that way for him.
According to Joe Vardon of Cleveland.com, the Undertaker waited outside the Cavs locker room for “an uncomfortable hour.” James dodged the wrestling legend as other Cavs indulged because he felt the wrestler was making the appearance for PR reasons.
“Here’s a life lesson. If you don’t have an appointment, don’t already know James personally, aren’t a business associate or a small child, the odds of “meeting” James before or after a Cavs game in or near the locker room are not great. I once saw Houston Astros stud second baseman Jose Altuve try to get a meeting with James after a game against the Houston Rockets in Texas. The request came through various team PR officials. Let’s just say James had no interest.
Another rule. James is not cool with someone purposefully trying to make money or gain fame through him, away from the court. In other words, no PR stunts that don’t benefit James. He wore an Undertaker T-shirt. For him, that’s enough.”
It’s hard to blame LeBron for snubbing the wrestler. He doesn’t owe him anything, even if he’s a fan. James’ time is valuable and meeting with The Undertaker doesn’t benefit him at all comparatively to the PR bump it would give The Undertaker.
Next time, Mr. Undertaker, please call ahead.