Minnesota has a history of pretty solid professional wrestlers dating back to the days of Nick Bockwinkel, Ric Flair and Jesse Ventura in the AWA on to Mr. Perfect (Curt Hennig) and then more recent Minnesota Golden Gophers athletes like Brock Lesnar, Shelton Benjamin and Hennig's son Joe, currently wrestling under the name Michael McGillicutty, in the WWF and WWE.
That bit of information isn't typically relevant to anything happening around these parts, but this weekend's upcoming Wrestlemania XXVIII means professional wrestling interest is at its yearly high. It's particularly relevant to Minnesota, too, as The Rock recently teased a match at next year's Wrestlemania featuring him and Lesnar.
It's clear if the WWE wants to squeeze another potential blockbuster buy rate out of the Rock, the last man standing to get the headline match would be the return of former WWE and UFC heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar.
How about it: Brock vs. Rock at WrestleMania 29?
"I'm not saying a thing," said a laughing, grinning Rock, eyebrow raised. "I didn't say anything."
The Rock silenced. That's a first.
It'd certainly be interesting if Lesnar and Rock -- the collegiate football player turned professional wrestler turned Hollywood actor -- set up a match at next year's Wrestlemania, but that would also likely mean Lesnar would make an appearance at this year's Wrestlemania. Things like that were rumored during Lesnar's UFC career, but it's much more possible now that Lesnar's technically retired from the world of Mixed Martial Arts.
Considering Lesnar is currently unemployed, there are matches available for him even if WWE doesn't want to plan another match that'll take a year in the making. It'd be easy to set something up with the majority of the WWE superstars, but there's a match in the making between him and Mark Calaway, the man better known as the Undertaker.
So, even if Lesnar and the Rock don't meet up, it might not be surprising to see the former Golden Gophers All-American (and Minnesota Vikings flunky) show up on Pay-Per-View this Sunday night.