Jim Harbaugh Wants WrestleMania At The Big House In Ann Arbor, And He Wants To Be On It

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The only reasonable followup to rumors of where WWE’s WrestleMania 33 won’t be are too-confident guess on where it will be. We’ve heard Philadelphia and Orlando are top contenders, while others have said Mania’s destined for Detroit’s Ford Field. Michigan WrestleManias are kind of a big deal, if you haven’t heard.

On Wednesday’s edition of Stoney & Bill, Michigan Wolverines head coach Jim Harbaugh had a better idea: Why fill 80,000 seats (again) in Detroit when you can push 140,000 in Ann Arbor?

“Why not the Big House?” he said. “Why not? 140,000 – I bet we could get in there for Wrestlemania. They’re trying to break the attendance record at Jerry Jones’ stadium in Dallas. [There’s] a great Canadian presence in wrestling. Why not Michigan and the Big House?”

It’d be a hell of a sight. My favorite part of the interview is Harbaugh talking about how much he loves Ric Flair, and how he grew up friends with both Steiner Brothers. His description of seeing them wrestle in Chicago is probably the most adorable Dad thing you’ll read today:

“It was a big thrill to go to a match; I would go to another. Who doesn’t like a good wrestling match?”

As for whether or not he’d want to be on the show, he shot down the idea of wrestling — he’s 52 years old, we don’t need anyone else in their 50s getting crippled on buckle bombs — but had a better suggestion.

“Would I get in a match?” he said. “I’d be one of those guys coming out with a towel, waving the towel. I’ll be a corner man.”

He also said “I’m in” to the idea that he be the special guest referee for a Ric Flair vs. Hulk Hogan match, but … well, it’s pretty safe to say that won’t be on the card. What I wouldn’t give to go back to a time when my view of wrestling was Ric Flair, Hulk Hogan, managers with towels and loving the Steiner Brothers. A time when, “yeah, I’d love that, let’s do that!” was the greatest hook. Now all I can think of is ways to stop WWE from going through with a WrestleMania in Ann Arbor to avoid the “BIG DOG IN THE BIG HOUSE” ads.

via CBS Detroit