There's perhaps no event WWE fans look forward to more than the Royal Rumble. With the 31st installment of the Rumble set to get underway Sunday night in Philadelphia, 30 participants will have the chance to be immortalized in WWE history.
With a light Sunday evening schedule in the NBA, fans of the hardcourt will surely be enticed to take in some WWE action. Dennis Rodman and Karl Malone are just a few NBA stars to previously make cameos in the wrestling world, but which modern day players could make the transition?
Here are three current NBA players we'd love to see participate in the Royal Rumble:
Dwight Howard's physique has long been the envy of nearly every player in the NBA for over a decade. The daunting physical nature of his game strikes fear into his opponents, and his Popeye-like biceps could rival those of Hulk Hogan's. Aside from his 6-foot-11, 265-pound frame, Howard has one of the bigger personalities in basketball, which would transform well into developing a WWE character. He quickly became known as "Superman" after morphing into character during the 2008 Slam Dunk Contest, and the nickname stuck after he wowed everyone with his ability to take flight with the basketball.
A major part of developing a WWE character is having an outstanding and trend-setting wardrobe. Russell Westbrook is undoubtedly one of the best-dressed players in the league, and may even be one of the most fashionable men in all of sports. The Oklahoma City Thunder point guard is never afraid to be bold on and off the court, and has the game to back it up. The reigning MVP is one of the most athletic players in the NBA, and his trash-talking ability is legendary. Never afraid to step up to the microphone, Westbrook never backs down from tough questions from reporters, and you never know what craziness is going to come out of his mouth. His electric entrance to a Royal Rumble would surely send the crowd into a frenzy.
He's big, he's mean, and he never backs down from a fight. DeMarcus Cousins is the perennial NBA bad boy, and his rap sheet proves it. He's been suspended six times and paid over $1.1 million U.S. in fines throughout the course of his eight-year career to this point. Also known as "Boogie," the loose-lipped center frequently finds himself in hot water as a result of his short temper, but it's tolerated by his teammates and coaches because he's always among the league leaders in scoring and rebounding. Cousins is a brawler, and although his wrestling skills might be raw, he'd surely be a fan favorite in WWE.