Former boxing champ Mike Tyson became a punchline Wednesday when he struggled to tear off his shirt at a live pro wrestling match.
The staged confrontation had Tyson getting in the face of Chris Jericho during All Elite Wrestling’s Dynamite show from Jacksonville, Florida, on TNT.
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But as Tyson attempted to rip the T-shirt from his torso, the shirt fought back.
He simply couldn’t get the thing off and finally gave up, flexing his biceps.
“Yeah, you look good,” Jericho said.
It's never a good idea to threaten Mike Tyson 😯 pic.twitter.com/oXwrxxQdfx— TSN (@TSN_Sports) May 28, 2020
Despite losing the bout against his shirt, Tyson, 53, who once reigned boxing as world heavyweight champion, is reportedly pondering a comeback of sorts in boxing or another combat sport.
Fans let him have it.
Could iron mike punch his way out of that shirt..I doubt it— quarantown (@dazedCanuck) May 28, 2020
I think there's more efficient ways of taking off a shirt— Geoff (@KestrelYYC) May 28, 2020
Tyson, no stranger to wrestling, last appeared in the squared circle with Jericho in 2010 during an episode of WWE’s “Monday Night Raw.”
The two were teamed together in a match against D-Generation X (Triple H and Shawn Michaels) when Tyson turned his back on Jericho and punched him the face, aligning with DX in the process.
Fast forward 10 years later and after a brief exchange on the microphone after interrupting a segment featuring Jericho and his Inner Circle posse, Tyson tried his best Hulk Hogan impersonation by trying to rip off his AEW shirt and delivered the softest of shoves in the chest to Jericho, leading to a brawl to close the show.
Tyson tried his best to stay in character without laughing, which only added to the ridiculousness of the segment.
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Earlier this month, a video of Tyson hitting the mitts went viral as people were stunned to see how quick and powerful the 53-year-old was after retiring from boxing in 2005.
It didn’t take long for people to speculate whether Tyson was actually planning a return to boxing and he added more speculation by proclaiming that he was “back” at the end of an Instagram video as part of an advertisement for an energy drink.
Tyson’s history with wrestling goes back to his childhood where he was an avid fan of the late WWF champion Bruno Sammartino.
In 1998, Tyson found himself in the middle of the “Attitude Era” after an angle with “Stone Cold” Steve Austin led to him serving as a special outside enforcer at “WrestleMania XIV.”
Tyson was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2012.