Imitation is the finest form of flattery.
Travis Kelce and the Chiefs secured the AFC championship game win over the Bengals, getting their win back from last year’s title game and jumpstarting a Shawn Michaels vs. Bret Hart-esque feud. What happened after the bell set that up.
Following the KC victory, in front of millions (and millions) of Chiefs fans, Kelce called out Cincinnati mayor Aftab Pureval in an absolute gem of a wrestling promo; Pureval had exchanged some jabs with the Chiefs and KC at large, in the week leading up to the grudge match, which seemingly stuck in the craw of Chiefs players.
Like a true pro wrestler holding a grudge, Kelce pulled out his inner Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, invoking the spirit of “The Great One” by borrowing several of his catchphrases.
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That caught the earholes of The Rock, who raised the People’s eyebrow, and took to Twitter to deliver a stamp of approval on Kelce’s promo:
My boy said what he said.
I appreciate the venomous “shut yo” over formal “shut your” 🤣👊🏾🏆@tkelce https://t.co/U2Ef4xoVWK
— Dwayne Johnson (@TheRock) January 31, 2023
“My boy said what he said. I appreciate the venomous “shut yo” over formal “shut your”, The Rock tweeted.
In Mayor Pureval’s defense, he apologized for the tweet and accepted the “jabroni” label from Kelce. He shall henceforth be known as “Mayor Jabroni.”
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The Chiefs outlasted the Bengals to punch their ticket to Super Bowl 57, where they will attempt to lay the smackdown on the Eagles. The game will be rife with storylines fit for pro wrestling: Andy Reid takes on his former squad, the Kelce brothers face off against one another and Nick Sirianni looks to take his revenge over the man who fired him in Kansas City.
Maybe Kelce and the Chiefs will take the Lamar Hunt Trophy, shine it up real nice, turn it sideways and … well, you probably know the rest.