In addition to providing ringside commentary during this weekend’s WrestleMania 39 at Los Angeles’ Sofi Stadium, Snoop Dogg ended up in the ring as part of the action.
Though the hometown rapper was scheduled to co-host a segment between bouts, wrestler Mike “The Miz” Mizanin spontaneously provoked the rapper (born Calvin Cordozar Broadus Jr) into a fight with Shane McMahon, the son of WWE founder Vince McMahon.
Following a 14-month hiatus, Shane jumped into the ring ready to take on The Miz but immediately suffered a torn quad in the opening minutes while executing a leapfrog move while trying to escape his opponent.
With the medical crew looking over McMahon, Snoop hopped into the ring and landing two punches on the former Real World star and two-time WWE champ that sent him crashing to the mat. Tossing aside his microphone, Snoop strolled around The Miz’s prone body before striking a few poses and tossing his shades into the crowd.
“My hat’s off to Snoop, just picking it up and like, ‘oh man, he’s hurt? That’s alright, I’ll fix that.’ Just a natural born entertainer,” said WWE head of creative Paul “Triple H” Levesque to the AP. “I’ve known Snoop for years in this environment and what kind of a fan he is, but tonight he put himself on a different playing field and respect factor for me. I know a lot of guys that have been in business a long time; if that happened, they’d go, ‘what do we do?’ It was amazing.”
Following the surprise slam, Snoop spoke to WWE’s Cathy Kelley backstage, stating “I didn’t even know I was gonna be in that match until the match actually took place.” “But that’s what I love about WrestleMania, it’s always so much that’s unpredictable, it’s always something to keep you on the edge of your seat.” “And tonight I was able to be a part of it from the inside and not just on the outside. It was a great feeling to be able to be a part of it, to be able to do what I did and to hold my belt up high at the end of the night.”