LaVar Ball has become a lightning rod of attention over the past several months as his son Lonzo went from college prospect to second overall pick in the NBA draft. Ball has made a name for himself as a father, trainer, provocateur, promoter, and entertainer, but on Monday night he made his WWE debut and found his true calling as a wrestler.
Ball walked down the ramp of the Staples Center with his son LaMelo and his Big Baller Brand brightly emblazoned across every screen in the arena. LaVar’s entrance was everything you could’ve possibly hoped for and more.
In the ring, he took a moment to introduce Lonzo to the Staples Center crowd, and then the three Balls sat down with The Miz, for “MizTV” — a regular segment The Miz hosts that usually begins with The Miz insulting his guests and ends with him getting beat up.
On Monday, The Miz started off a bit more gracious, congratulating LaVar on his success, saying “Everything you said would happened, happened. You said he was destined to be a Los Angeles Laker and Lonzo Ball is a Los Angeles Laker.”
While wrestling is often built on half-truths, it’s a meaningful sentiment coming from The Miz, who also got laughed at for stating his dreams aloud before making them a reality. At the age of 20 Mike Mizanin dropped out of college to take part in season 10 of “The Real World,” where he would constantly talk about how he would someday be a professional wrestler.
Ten years later, The Miz was successfully defending his WWE Championship against John Cena in the main event at WrestleMania.
Once the pleasantries were done with, The Miz got down to business, proposing a joint venture between MizTV and the Big Baller Brand. LaVar was offended, telling The Miz that he was not at the level of a Big Baller. After the two got face to face, LaVar dropped the best line of the night, saying “There’s only two dudes better than me, and I’m both of em.”
Ball also made some great karate poses.
The duo was eventually interrupted by Dean Ambrose, who will be wrestling The Miz at an upcoming pay-per-view.
You can watch highlights of the segment below, courtesy of WWE.
The segment was not without controversy. While it has been edited out of subsequent replays, LaMelo accidentally dropped a few N-bombs in the heat of the moment as his father looked like he was about to throw down with The Miz. It was clearly impromptu, and WWE released a statement to the LA Times soon after saying, “The inappropriate language used by a guest during the ‘Miz TV’ segment was not scripted nor reflects WWE’s values.”
Hopefully, the slip-up won’t hinder the Balls from any future appearances on ‘Raw,’ as LaVar is clearly a natural on the microphone.
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