Johnny Knoxville, one of the stars of Jackass, has stated his intention of entering the WWE Royal Rumble match and he seems to think that he can win.
The 50-year-old actor and stunt man shared a message on his Instagram account on January 1st stating his intention to be in the 30 man over-the-top-rope battle royal where the winner traditionally receives a world championship match at Wrestlemania.
In a video, Knoxville said: “I spent a lot of times over the holiday thinking about how I wanted to start off my 2022, and I decided I want to do it kicking ass and taking names. And the best way to do that I feel is making a run for the Rumble, that’s right WWE’s Royal Rumble.”
He then goes on to mock current WWE champions current champions Big E and Roman Reigns, dubbing them ‘Little E’ and ‘Roman Ruins’ before showing viewers a t-shirt reading ‘Johnny Knoxville World Champion.’
In the caption to the video, he adds: “Training starts today, not that I will need a lot of it because I have seen the WWE’s current roster and it’s laughable to think anyone can throw me over the top rope.”
He goes on to say that he will be channelling “wrestling heroes like The Rock, Abdullah the Butcher and the great Gorilla Monsoon.”
Knoxville’s fellow Jackass star Dave England said “You’ll be pulverized” in response to the announcement while Preston Lacey said, “Sometimes bad things happen to good people.”
According to Metro, WWE’s official account even responded to the video and wished Knoxville “good luck.”
Knoxville would hardly be the first celebrity to enter the famous Rumble match. In 2001, comedian and US television personality Drew Carey entered the match but didn’t last too long. In 2006, Knoxville’s Jackass co-stars Chris Pontius and Steve-O were also involved in an in-ring segment with wrestler Umaga.
More recently, Knoxville and the rest of the cast were in a backstage segment with Raw Tag Team champions RK-Bro on the 10th December edition of Smackdown.
It is very likely that if Knoxville does make it into this match then it will be a promotional tie-in to Jackass Forever, the fourth Jackass movie, which is due for cinematic release on 4th February. The 2022 Royal Rumble event is set to take place at The Dome at America’s Center in St. Louis, Missouri on 29th January.