Jersey Shore’s ‘The Situation’ to Appear at Wrestlemania: A Fan’s Reaction

The Wrestling Observer, a leading provider of insider wrestling news, is reporting that WWE is interested in bringing Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino to it's premier event, Wrestlemania. Although no official word has been made by WWE or Sorrentino's reps, it would not be surprising if "Situation" made an appearance at the annual event. Wrestlemania has always been the place where the wrestling world meets Hollywood. In the past 27 years, Wrestlemania has featured celebrities like Donald Trump, Liberace, Muhammad Ali and Floyd Mayweather.

I've been hooked on pro wrestling ever since I saw Hulk Hogan defeated the nefarious Sgt. Slaughter at Wrestlemania 7. It's common place to see celebrities in the world of wrestling. I liken it to having marshmallows in my cereal. It's fun and sweet, but it's not what fills me up. The addition Mike "Situation" Sorrentino is a questionable decision, in my opinion. But he certainly wouldn't be the first "Jersey Shore" star to step inside the squared circle.

In the last several years, professional wrestling has become obsessed with the young tanned Italians from the Jersey Shore. Season two cast mate Angelina Pivarnick, and current cast mates Jenni "J-Woww" Farley and Ronnie Ortiz all made appearances for Spike TV's TNA Impact Wrestling. All three members tussled with the wrestlers, and ultimately came out on top. Perhaps the most famous of MTV's Jersey Shore cast members is Snooki. And even Snooki has gotten involved in the sport. She wrestled in a womans tag team attraction at last years big WWE event, Wrestlemania 27. The crowd cheered as Snooki performed a back handspring into an elbow drop. The crowd cheered as Snooki danced and pranced across the ring, celebrating her victory.

But isn't it time for the wrestling industry to move past the Jersey Shore obsession? Especially the billion dollar company, WWE. It makes sense for TNA to use D-List celebrities to attract a wider audience. But WWE is a well oiled marketing machine, and the addition of Mike "Situation" Sorrentino isn't going to add many viewers. In recent weeks, various news sites have reported possibilities of Shaquille O'Neal and Brock Lesnar being a part of this year's Wrestlemania, which is already featuring "The Rock" Dwayne Johnson versus John Cena in the main event. An appearance by "Situation" would go largely unnoticed. It would be a waste of money to bring in a celebrity who is on the brink of his 15 minutes of fame.

Unlike a lot of hardcore wrestling fans, I believe there is money to be made with celebrity involvement. They introduce new audiences to a product they may never have given a chance. But Sorrentino and his "Jersey Shore" pals are a lot older and a little less popular than they were a year ago. Their star power is gently fading, and WWE is wasting money on a "situation" that probably won't pan out.

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Updated Thursday, Jan 5, 2012