Wrestling Superstar Headed to Game 5
The Pittsburgh Penguins are going to get some unexpected support when they take on the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Finals tonight. Maybe in the form of some “sweet chin music”.
WWE wrestling legend Shawn Michaels will be in the building on Sunday to cheer on the Penguins after being invited to the game a short time ago.
Michaels, who was known during his time in the WWE as “The Heartbreak Kid”, or HBK, got the invite after the success of the Penguins’ outstanding line of Carl Hagelin, Nick Bonino and Phil Kessel got the moniker of the HBK line by fans and the media. And, thanks to those fans and an invite from Pittsburgh Steeler Brett Keisel, Michaels made the decision to be on hand for Game 5 on Sunday night.
Even funnier, Penguins captain and superstar Sidney Crosby was a fan of Michaels growing up.
“Yeah, I was. I liked Bret ‘The Hitman’ Hart but I was also a Shawn Michaels fan,” remembered Crosby, in a bit of Canadian sacrilege. “That would have been right around the time when I was following it. He was in his prime,”
“It’s kinda cool,” said Crosby. “These things kind of evolve out of nowhere, but that line has been playing great.”
Michaels said when he became aware of the HBK Line, he wasn’t sure if it was something only a few fans were using or if it had taken on a life of its own.
It’s very much the latter. T-sshirts mashing up hockey and wrestling have surfaced, plus Pittsburgh staple Primanti Bros. is offering up a sandwich in his and the line’s name:
— Primanti Bros (@primantibros) May 19, 2016
Move over, Ric Flair. You’re definitely not the only wrestler in town with a connection to hockey anymore.