Hall of Fame QB Doug Flutie wins WWE 24/7 championship

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Doug Flutie is a Heisman Trophy winner, six-time CFL Most Outstanding Player, three-time Grey Cup champion, Pro Bowl selection, and Canadian Football Hall of Fame inductee.

Now we can add WWE 24/7 champion to his résumé.

During halftime of a celebrity flag football game, Flutie pinned his teammate, WWE Superstar R-Truth, to win the WWE 24/7 title.

As the name suggests, the title must be defended 24 hours a day and seven days a week, so the title holder can be pinned any time to lose the championship.

Someone must have tipped Flutie off because as R-Truth was being distracted by fellow WWE superstars The Miz, Cesaro and Titus O’Neill, Flutie rolled up R-Truth to win the title. Flutie’s reign did not last long, however, as R-Truth rolled up Flutie seconds later to regain the title.

WWE and the football world have crossed paths many times, most recently when tight end Rob Gronkowski hosted last year’s WrestleMania. Gronk, like Flutie, also won the WWE 24/7 title during his brief foray into the pro wrestling world, but lost the title shortly after announcing his return to the NFL.

Flutie joins a long list of illustrious CFL players to win championship gold in wrestling, with the most famous being Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson. The film star had a cup of coffee with the Calgary Stampeders in 1995 before going on to become one of the biggest names in wrestling, a seven-time WWE world champion and now being one of the most famous people on Earth.

But it is not just Flutie and The Rock who forged a path to pro wrestling glory through the CFL. Gene Kiniski, Stu Hart, Brian Pillman, Lex Luger, Tito Santana, “Hacksaw” Jim Duggan, Ron Simmons, and Angelo Mosca all spent time in the CFL before making it in the world of pro wrestling.

Also, current WWE Universal champion Roman Reigns, who has main-evented numerous WrestleManias, spent the 2008 season as a member of the Edmonton Football Team.

The CFL-WWE connection is a long and storied one, and now we can add Doug Flutie to the list of ex-CFLers who have made their way into the world of professional wrestling.

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