Miami Hurricanes head football coach Manny Diaz has established “The New Miami” which actually is a revisiting to the old days of Greentree down in Coral Gables, FL. Competition, intensity and attitude are on display during spring practice. Guys like Nesta Silvera are in the face of newcomer Tommy Kennedy, N’Kosi Perry is showing emotion and fire, and Brevin Jordan has flashed his gift for gab.
WrestleMania 35 is around the corner and the Hurricanes have had two former players go on to become WWE (or WWF) Superstars in Lex Luger (Lawrence Pfohl) and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. Luger played at Miami in the late 70’s under Howard Schnellenberger and alongside Mark Richt. Johnson played at Miami in the early 90’s winning the national championship in 1991.
Whether the People’s Champ or the Corporate Champ; The Rock was the most electrifying man in sports entertainment for a decade. But who on the current roster has that same passion, fire, charisma and athleticism? Who can crossover to wrestling and then mainstream media appeal?
Here are 5 current ‘Canes that are the most likely to become WWE Superstars.
Brevin Jordan, Tight End
Brevin Jordan is a 6’3, 245 pound tight end out of Las Vegas, NV. Jordan is an ultra-athletic star in the making with hype man level work on the mic. The WWE needs African American stars that can cut great promos and draw in a diverse audience through a diverse roster.
Jordan isn’t just a talker, he’s also an elite blue chip athlete. Jordan was clocked at a 4.78 in the 40 (per ESPN) and a 4.2 in the 20 yard shuttle with a 28” vertical leap. Remember, those numbers were taken before Jordan was even 18 years old. Whether Jordan is showing power in his blocking, running deep on routes to flash his speed, or leaping over guys- it’s all athlete all the time.
Tate Martell, Quarterback
Tate Martell, also from Las Vegas, is a five-foot-ten, 205 pound redshirt sophomore quarterback. Martell is a former five-star recruit who has an extreme amount of athleticism. He was clocked in with a 4.72 in the 40 yard dash out of high school and nearly a 37” vertical leap. That vertical jump would’ve put Martell in the top 25 of the 2019 NFL Combine and he was only a high school senior. With the WWE promoting the Cruiserweights more via 205 Live that could be a landing spot for Martell.
Don’t get in the ring if you’re not ready to brawl pic.twitter.com/wtiJPTzGoY— Canes Football (@CanesFootball) March 26, 2019
Martell also has reality TV experience, which is huge for the WWE. Tate was a featured quarterback in the series “QB 1: Beyond the Lights.” He’s also been a mainstay on social media as well. Martell is comfortable in front of the mic and has the “look” of a WWE Superstar including the tattoos. Imagine a tag team of Jordan and Martell going up agains The Usos or The New Day.
Michael Pinckney, Linebacker
Michael Pinckney is the least eye-popping athlete of the list but he has the charisma and swagger to be a WWE Superstar. Pinckney is six-foot-one, 205 pounds and plays with the attitude of a man much larger than that. He’s a hard hitter and has an impressive closing step on the finish which is important in pro wrestling.
Pinckney is a tough kid out of Jacksonville, FL who is very comfortable in front of a mic and has the comedic nature with the bad ass attitude that made the late 90’s and early 2000’s then-WWF so popular around the world. His bad boy attitude and look would go over well in the wrestling world. Vince McMahon would love a guy like Pinckney who will throw his body on the line for the program.
Louis Hedley, Punter
I don’t think anyone has ever looked more Miami or more WWE at the same time than Louis Hedley. Hedley is the Australian rugby player turned punter who is coming to Miami from the California JUCO ranks. He’s already 24 years old which puts him a little behind the timeline but that hasn’t stopped the WWE from taking people before. Kevin Nash didn’t start wrestling until he was 30.
Like Stone Cold Steve Austin, who was working the docks before his break into pro wrestling, Hedley too had a blue collar scaffolding job in the desert before arriving at City College of San Francisco. Hedley isn’t just tatted up, he’s also jacked. Hedley is six-foot-four, 220 pounds and looks mean as hell.
Nesta Silvera, Defensive Tackle
Nesta Silvera is the only big-man on my list as he weighs in at six-foot-two, 305 pounds. The sophomore out of Pembroke Pines, FL has been flashing his attitude and dominance in The Big Cane drill. Miami needs a guy with the swagger of the old days like Jerome Brown, Cortez Kennedy and Warren Sapp. They also need that guy to back it up with wins both in the trenches and on the scoreboard.
Nesta Silvera walking past the media with some colorful words. To summarize, he feels like nobody can block him.— Gaboowins (@GabyUrrutia22) April 2, 2019
The former four-star hasn’t flexed his skills on the mic much as of yet, but he has been rumored to be quite vocal and physical inside the IPF. The quotes from our own Gaby Urrutia on Twitter say enough about Silvera’s old-school Miami and WWE attitude:
Baker also says Nesta Silvera needs to become more “coachable.” Says he can’t go fighting people after every rep and that it only hurts the team on Saturday.— Gaboowins (@GabyUrrutia22) March 28, 2019
Otherwise compliments his explosiveness and competitiveness.
Hopefully Silvera can back it up as the ‘Canes have lost their star defensive tackle in Gerald Willis III to graduation and the future 2019 NFL Draft pick dominated in the middle for Miami in 2019. The Manny Diaz defense requires a dominant 3-technique defensive tackle and Silvera seems to be a shoe-in for the role.
WrestleMania and Spring Football
Hopefully some of you are as excited for WrestleMania weekend as I am. No matter how long or drawn out the weekend can get the triple threat between Becky Lynch, Charlotte Flair, and Ronda Rousey is going to prove who The Man in the WWE’s Women’s Division really is. It’s been a while since a former Hurricane was a regular in a WWE ring, hopefully one of these guys can be the next Superstar to crossover.
‘Mania 35 prediction: