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Ex-Blue Jay Jose Canseco to slug it out in pro-wrestling

Jose Canseco during his tenure with the Toronto Blue Jays.
Jose Canseco during his tenure with the Toronto Blue Jays.

Jose Conseco is going from the diamond to a ring.

No, the retired MLB badboy isn’t getting married anytime soon, but it appears he’ll slug it out as a wrestler instead.

The 55-year-old ex-Toronto Blue Jay will make his professional wrestling debut on Nov. 3 in Oklahoma City, Okla., during World Class Revolution’s OklaMania IV event.

According to a press release, Canseco announced last year he signed with the Oklahoma City-based wrestling federation in July 2018. The former MLB player will be making his in-ring debut at the Ardmore Convention Center as part of the World Class Revolution pay-per-view.

“Last year upon working with Jose for the first time, I think we both knew the professional wrestling venture was inevitable if done properly. A little over a year later here we are announcing it,” World Class Revolution CEO Jerry Bostic said in a release. “Jose is still in immaculate shape, and it’s my pleasure to share this platform with him.”

The smack-talking Canseco would be a perfect fit in sports entertainment, a world full of mouthy larger than life characters.

It’s not the first time Canseco has tried to enter the realm of staged combat.

In 2012, Conseco got into a Twitter spat with WWE Hall of Famer The Iron Sheik, a man known on Twitter for bluntly roasting people with colourful language.

After the online exchange, Canseco attempted to get the attention of WWE, stating he wanted to become their social ambassador.

“Maybe I should be (WWE) social ambassador. I’m better than Larry King,” Canseco tweeted, as reported by Bleacher Report .

The Bleacher Report noted in 2012 Canseco also had contact with Dixie Carter, then president of wrestling organization TNA (now Impact Wrestling) about working there.

It’s not known who Canseco’s opponent will be. It’s also not the first time he’s dabbled in non-baseball sports.

In 2009, Canseco had a mixed martial arts fight, losing to Hong Man Choi in his only fight during the Dream 9 – Featherweight Grand Prix 2009 event.

The slugger has even donned boxing gloves to fight Danny Bonaduce during a celebrity boxing match in 2016.

Canseco isn’t the first professional athlete to step into the squared circle.

Former NFL players such as Bill Goldberg, Ron Simmons, Steve “Mongo” McMichael, Ernie Ladd and William “The Refrigerator” Perry have made a career in pro wrestling.

Most famously, former New York Giants linebacker Lawrence Taylor went toe-to-toe with Bam Bam Bigelow in the main event of WrestleMania XI in 1995.

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