Ex-Tennessee basketball coach to make pro wrestling debut

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We have seen many two-sport athletes in the past. Deion Sanders and Bo Jackson were two of the more successful dual-sport athletes, while Michael Jordan had an unsuccessful professional baseball run during his first retirement from the NBA in the 90s.

It isn’t too often where a coach leaves one sport to “coach” another, but that is exactly former Tennessee Volunteers basketball coach Donnie Tyndall will be doing this weekend.

According to College Basketball Talk, Tyndall will be making a guest appearance with the New Heavenly Bodies, made up of Desirable Dustin and Gigolo Justin, as they take on Karl Anderson and Doc Gallows of the infamous, Japanese villain stable The Bullet Club as part of Global Force Wrestling’s Grand Slam Tour.

Global Force Wrestling is a new wrestling promotion founded by former WWE, WCW, and TNA wrestler Jeff Jarrett and the Grand Slam Tour takes place in multiple minor league baseball stadiums across the country.

Saturday’s show takes place in the stadium of the Knoxville Smokies, AA affiliate of the Chicago Cubs.

Tyndall said in a release by GFW: “It will be nice to see some of the friends we made in the arena. As for diving into professional wrestling and managing the new Heavenly Bodies, coaching is coaching. Our young guys played hard for the Vols, and I’m sure these young guys will do the same.”

Tyndall, who is 44, certainly has the look of being a professional wrestler, but with his prowess as a college coach, maybe his best spot is actually outside the ring. Here’s to hoping that we see a video of him botching a leg drop on ESPN late Saturday night.

That would be a Not Top Ten for sure.

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CAMPUSSPORTS Writer
CAMPUSSPORTS Writer
Caleb is a young veteran of the sports journalism world that has a passion for college football, mostly the SEC, but namely the LSU Tigers. He also has an affinity for the Georgia Southern Eagles, because who doesn't love Erk Russell and national championships, right? He has experience working in print and online media as well as broadcasting, working with his high school alma mater football team and the Savannah Bananas.
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