Cohen: Dwight & Stan Remind Me Of...

By Josh Cohen
April 6, 2011


ORLANDO -- Forget its eeriness. Disregard the costumes. Ignore the fact that it is make believe and all for entrancing entertainment and a round of laughs and excitement.

There is a very mysterious, though humorous, connection between World Wrestling Entertainment’s all-time beloved characters The Undertaker and Paul Bearer to that of the Orlando Magic’s Dwight Howard and Stan Van Gundy.

You may not know much about WWE and may be perplexed. That is okay. I will try to explain.

The Undertaker is arguably the most intimidating and in some ways most unshakable and indomitable WWE superstar of all time. Always resisting assaults from his opponents and generally impervious to pain, The Undertaker is practically unconquerable.

It’s similar to Howard. At times when you expect him to be tired and about to be defeated, Superman rises from the trenches and utilizes his strength and fortitude to prevail against all of his competitors.

Bearer, meanwhile, was a very uncanny character that used an urn to draw mystical power from it that could revive The Undertaker’s strength during matches.

Aside from his creepy voice and bizarre facial expressions, the WWE manager always found a way to intrigue fans with his distinctive personality.

His promotional campaigns prior to The Undertaker’s matches were priceless (WATCH) and his spine-chilling reactions to various storylines during the action are unforgettable (WATCH).


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It’s very comparable to Van Gundy. Perhaps more than any other coach in professional sports, the Magic’s head coach has a way of beguiling fans with his wittiness along with his tactics to encourage his players during timeouts.

Like Bearer did for The Undertaker, sometimes you wonder if Van Gundy utilizes some unexplained method to revitalize Howard in times of need.

In those moments when D12 is being harassed in the paint by three defenders, perhaps Van Gundy raises a magical wand to augment the center’s supreme power and unyielding resistance.

I think Howard and Van Gundy, in effect, should stage a promotional campaign in which they both get in front of a camera and elucidate to the world why the Magic will win the NBA championship this year.

Just like Bearer and The Undertaker did on so many occasions before every big event, Stan and Dwight could infuse fear into the minds of any of their prospective playoff opponents.

If nothing else, it would be hilarious.

Would you like to see Dwight Howard and Stan Van Gundy do a promotional campaign that resembles a WWE skit prior to the start of the playoffs?
Would you like to see Dwight Howard and Stan Van Gundy do a promotional campaign that resembles a WWE skit prior to the start of the playoffs?
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