Do you smell what Travis Kelce is cookin’?
If proof was ever needed that the Chiefs tight end was a wrestling fan growing up, he gave it to everyone in crystal-clear HD on Sunday night. In the minutes after Kelce and the Chiefs turned in an AFC championship game win over the Bengals, Kelce turned in a short, sweet and memorable promo while hoisting the
championship belt Lamar Hunt trophy.
Throwing shade at Cincinnati mayor Aftab Pureval, Kelce channeled his inner Dwayne Johnson — famously known as The People’s Champion, the Brahma Bull, the Great One, The Rock — in his post-game press conference on the stage, reciting a few of the Rock’s all-time great catchphrases:
Travis Kelce: pic.twitter.com/6P1OpYhz9w
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) January 30, 2023
“Hey, I got some wise words for the Cincinnati mayor,” Kelce said before shifting into late-’90s WWF “SmackDown!” persona, “Know your role and shut your mouth, you jabroni!”
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Why was Travis Kelce calling out the Mayor of Cincinnati?
Kelce is taking victory laps around Mayor Pureval’s recent video in which he proclaimed Arrowhead Stadium to be “Burrowhead,” and also claimed that Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow was actually Mahomes’ non-paternal father:
A WHO DEY proclamation from the Mayor: @Bengals pic.twitter.com/W1tCqupdTw
— Aftab Pureval (@AftabPureval) January 27, 2023
“Burrowhead my ass,” Kelce said, crashing a Mahomes post-game interview.
“IT’S MAHOMES HOUSE!” 🗣️
Kelce is litty 😭
— 𝐓𝐡𝐞 𝐒𝐩𝐨𝐫𝐭𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐍𝐞𝐰𝐬 (@sportingnews) January 30, 2023
Pureval took to Twitter to respond, owning up to his comments and recognizing that he warranted getting called out by Kelce.
Yeah. Deserved that.
Congrats to KC on a well-fought win, and good luck in Arizona.
Proud of our fans and our @bengals for the energy all year.
Who Dey! https://t.co/CdBAsJRyVY
— Aftab Pureval (@AftabPureval) January 30, 2023
What does Jabroni mean?
Simply put, ‘jabroni’ is a slang term to mean that someone is stupid or foolish; a loser.
In an interview with Esquire, Johnson explained his personal meaning behind it:
When I was a kid, it was an inside term that guys would use. When wrestlers wanted to have a private conversation when fans were present, they would start talking carny because they used to wrestle in carnivals. I thought it was so cool. Jabroni was a word that was always used in the derogatory sense. Oh, this jabroni, that jabroni. But the Iron Sheik was famous for saying the word constantly backstage. Jabroni, jabroni, jabroni. Around 1998, I thought, Why can’t I say it on TV? So I started saying it publicly, but the Iron Sheik was known for it.
In 2020, Dictionary.com officially added it to its arsenal of words.
The Chiefs certainly earned the right to talk. In a hyper-competitive AFC championship game, Harrison Butker booted a 45-yard field goal to send the Chiefs to Arizona to take on the Eagles.
Kelce is looking to boot something in the Super Bowl, too, while the Chiefs look to put Boots 2 … “Butts” against the Philadelphia Eagles, and his brother Jason Kelce.
So, while Kansas City is booking a trip to Arizona, Cincinnati just checked in to the SmackDown Hotel, located at the corner of Know Your Role Boulevard and Jabroni Drive.