Ochocinco offered match vs. coach

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Alex Marvez

Alex Marvez is a Senior NFL Writer for He has covered the NFL for the past 18 seasons as a beat writer and is the former president of the Pro Football Writers of America. He also is a frequent host on Sirius XM NFL Radio.


Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Chad Ochocinco was probably joking on Twitter when writing that he wanted to face head coach Marvin Lewis in a pro wrestling match to end the escalating war of words between the two parties.

TNA Wrestling, though, wants to make it a reality.

Not only has the company offered an avenue to make the bout happen, TNA is holding its annual Lockdown pay-per-view show on April 17 at the U.S. Bank Arena in Cincinnati. Every match on the card is held inside a steel cage, which is where Johnson challenged Lewis to duke it out.

"Set it up," Ochocinco recently tweeted when responding to a reporter's inquiry about the rift that has developed with Lewis. "I've earned my stripes on my helmet.

"It's time to fight then play."

Unfortunately for Ochocinco, he might no longer be with the Bengals by the time Lockdown is held. Cincinnati appears likely to release the controversial wideout, especially after Lewis began taking shots at Ochocinco through the media after the season ended.


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TNA, though, might still try to negotiate an Ochocinco appearance at Lockdown. Ochocinco already was a special guest on an episode of World Wrestling Entertainment's Monday Night Raw last September.

TNA Wrestling has worked with one current Bengals player before. Cornerback Adam "Pacman" Jones made ringside appearances while serving an NFL suspension in 2007. He was barred from wrestling by his contract with the Tennessee Titans.

The Bengals also have a pro wrestling connection. The late Brian Pillman played for the team before achieving grappling stardom in the 1990s.

Tickets for Lockdown will go on sale Feb. 18 through Ticketmaster outlets.

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