Pierre-Paul nixes pro wrestling event

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Alex Marvez

Alex Marvez is a Senior NFL Writer for He has covered the NFL for the past 18 seasons as a beat writer and is the former president of the Pro Football Writers of America. He also is a frequent host on Sirius XM NFL Radio.


New York Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul has decided against entering the rough-and-tumble world of pro wrestling.

Robert Bailey, the president of Rosenhaus Sports, told that Pierre-Paul will not be appearing Monday night for TNA Wrestling.

TNA and Spike TV officials thought a deal was finalized earlier this weekend for Pierre-Paul to have an in-ring confrontation with Kurt Angle at a TNA television taping in Orlando. Bailey, though, said Pierre-Paul had not signed off on the deal before it was reported Saturday by

"He declined because he is exhausted," Bailey told in a text message.

TNA was hoping to garner additional mainstream media attention by using Paul, a star player for the Super Bowl XLVI champion New York Giants. Paul wouldn’t have wrestled but would have gotten into at least a verbal altercation with Angle, a U.S. gold-medal winning Olympic wrestler who performed a similar stunt last year with New York Jets linebacker Bart Scott.


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