At the WWE Monday Night Raw event in Boston, the two comics appeared via satellite video for a five-minute chat with Braun Strowman. The wrestler challenged the pair to a match at the upcoming event in April and the comics—possibly fearing for their lives?!— promised they would join him in the ring. Che warned Jost: “There’s a chance something bad will happen to you.”
WWE host Alexa Bliss scolded Strowman for taunting the two comics. She said, “I can’t sacrifice two talented funny comedians just for your own amusement and bloodlust.” Then she changed her mind, “I’m just kidding! I can totally make that happen! Ladies and gentlemen, it is official! Michael Che and Colin Jost are in the André the Giant Battle Royal at WrestleMania.”
The flagship WWE Pay-Per-View event in reference is WrestleMania 35. The pay-per-view event will be held on April 7 at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey. The scrawny-by-comparison comedians have less than two weeks to shape up before they compete with Strowman who is approaching 400 lbs.
Earlier this month, the SNL cast members appeared as correspondents in skits at the Monday Night Raw in Philadelphia. In one scene, Strowman encountered Jost in the hallway and lifted him off the ground in a chokehold. The hulking wrestler then said ominously that he would see the comics at WrestleMania 35.
WrestleMania 35 hardly the first comedy-wrestling crossover
Comedy and wrestling have been long-time pals. Jon Stewart has previously hosted WWE SummerSlam and Marc Maron stars in the series GLOW about women’s wrestling. Late wrestler “Rowdy” Roddy Piper was a fixture at The Comedy Store in Los Angeles and hosted a podcast called Piper’s Pit with comic Earl Skakel. And no one can forget the epic feud (or ‘feud’) between Andy Kaufman and Jerry Lawler on Late Night with David Letterman.
Sure, many comedians are wrestling nerds and crossover into that arena, but some wrestlers have crossed over into the comedy world as their hard-hitting careers approach the end. Mick Foley has famously transitioned into storytelling stand-up comedy, touring nationwide. Other wrestlers like Jake “The Snake” Roberts will take their humorous wrestling tales to comedy clubs around the country.