It was “Wrestling Night” at the PPL Center last Saturday as the Lehigh Valley Phantoms took on the Bridgeport Sound Tigers in the Atlantic division of the AHL. It’s still pretty early on in the season for the American Hockey League, but that didn’t stop the Phantom’s mascot, meLVin, from treating it like was the playoffs.
Or maybe we should say he treated it like WrestleMania. The Phillie Phanatic-inspired mascot didn’t seem to appreciate one Bridgeport fan making a ruckus rinkside and decided to do something about it, wrestling-style.
After spotting the offensive hockey fan, meLVin came at him with a folding chair and laid him out on the mat. Then he followed that up with a vicious elbow-drop that clearly put the hurt on the unfortunate audience member.
But meLVin wasn’t done just yet. He picked up the fan and draped him over a nearby table. Then, he purposefully strode up a handy ladder to follow up with an even more devastating elbow drop from the top rung, but not before he pandered to the fans a bit first.
The impromptu tables, ladders, chair match may have given the Phantoms just the boost they needed. Lehigh Valley defenseman Will O’Neill fired a shot 82 seconds into overtime that slipped past the Bridgeport goalie, giving them the win.
Meanwhile, meLVin celebrated his own victory by taking home the championship belt after such a resounding victory over his uppity foe.
It seems that meLVin’s display hasn’t gone unnoticed. NBC Sports retweeted the mascot’s performance to the WWE saying that he should get a tryout. He certainly has the high-flying moves down, but we’re not too sure how hot he’d be at the mic, what with the silent mascot thing he’s got going.
“Wrestling Night” is a theme that’s picking up steam, not only in the minor leagues but in the NHL as well. Both the Florida Panthers and New Jersey Devils have Wrestling Nights on their schedules, and there’s talk of even more teams getting in on the action. Hockey mascots will have to start practicing their triple-moonsaults to keep wooing the crowd.