Tim Tebow WrestleMania match was floated in 'top secret' meeting after Patriots release, WWE president says


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A Tim Tebow WrestleMania match would have put butts in seats, and it almost happened.

WWE President Nick Khan revealed on Tuesday during an appearance on “The Pat McAfee Show” that Paul Levesque, the current chief content officer of WWE, known in the wrestling world as Triple H, introduced him to the company when he was an agent.

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Tim Tebow with Patriots

New England Patriots quarterback Tim Tebow on the bench in the fourth quarter of the preseason NFL game against the New York Giants at Gillette Stadium on Thursday, August 29, 2013, (Boston Herald via Getty Images)

Khan revealed that Levesque called him about setting up a match for Tebow.

“Paul had called me, an unsolicited call – and this is when Tim Tebow had just gotten cut by the Patriots – Paul called me and said, ‘Hey, I just want to introduce myself, my name is Paul Levesque.’ I said, ‘Oh, yeah Triple H, I know who you are I remember you as Terra Ryzing – his former wrestling name from WCW,” Khan explained. 

“He said, ‘You know WWE?’ I said, ‘Yeah, I know WWE. I grew up a fan. I was an usher at WrestleMania IX at Caesars Palace.’ I said, ‘What’s going on?’ He said, ‘What do you think of Tim Tebow against the Big Show,’ at whatever that WrestleMania was after the Patriots run.”

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Big Show in 2009

The Big Show appears in the ring during the WWE “Monday Night Raw” show at the Thomas & Mack Center on Aug. 24, 2009 in Las Vegas. (Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

Khan said the two discussed money, and he brought the idea to the former NFL player.

“Tim and I had, then, a top secret, private meeting – Tim Tebow, myself, Vince McMahon and Triple H – in Anaheim, California, about that,” Khan said. “Ultimately, it didn’t happen.”

Khan said he and Levesque remained in touch and that started his own journey to the company.

Tebow never made the Patriots roster and was waived before the start of the 2013 season. If things had gone down the wrestling path, Tebow would have faced the Big Show, whose real name is Paul Wight, at WrestleMania XXX in New Orleans.

Tim Tebow gator chomp

Former Florida Gators Quarterback and Heisman Trophy winner Tim Tebow reacts as he is honored after being inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame Class of 2023. (James Gilbert/Getty Images)

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Big Show actually appeared on the card during the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal. He was the last to be eliminated as Cesaro picked up the victory.

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