Washington Post Redskins linebacker Ryan Kerrigan had a franchise record-tying four of the Redskins’ franchise record-tying 10 sacks in Sunday’s 41-10 blowout of the Jaguars. After his first and fourth sacks, Kerrigan struck a familiar pose, for wrestling fans anyway. Kerrigan explained the inspiration for his celebratory flexing, a nod to the”Heartbreak Kid,” after the game. “[Redskins linebacker] Will Compton has been kind of getting in my ear for a while to do the Shawn Michaels from wrestling — the HBK,” Kerrigan said. “All he kept saying was, ‘Hit the HBK, hit the HBK.’ Finally, I did right by him and hit the HBK a couple times. On the second and third ones, when I didn’t do it, he was giving me a bunch of hell on the sidelines, like, ‘Why didn’t you do it? You need to trademark it.’ I’m like, ‘Well, I can’t trademark it, it’s HBK.’ But that’s where it came from. You guys can thank Will Compton for the motivation for that one.” Thanks, Will Compton. And thanks, @TweetMaravich, for giving the Internet the #HBKerrigan mashup it deserves. Check out Vines of both of Kerrigan’s HBK celebrations below.
I absolutely love when professional athletes tip their hat to professional wrestling, because many of them are fans of the WWE or were fans while they were growing up, so I love the fact that Ryan Kerrigan is borrowing Shawn Michaels’ famous “lunge-flex” pose to celebrate when he sacks the opposing quarterback. What other WWE celebrations could professional athletes steal from professional wrestling? Athletes could start using “Ravishing” Rick Rude’s hip swivel, or Triple H’s water spit, or even Bray Wyatt’s creepy exorcist walk. The list could go on for ever and I think every athlete should tip their hats to WWE (or WCW or ECW) whenever possible.
This may be the best Shawn Michaels entrance of all-time from Wrestlemania 25. Pose is about to minutes in: