WWE Monday Night Raw will emanate from the Sprint Center in Kansas City on Oct. 20 on the eve of the Kansas City Royals hosting Game 1 of the MLB World Series.
Before the Royals make history and while royalty (Jerry The King Lawler) calls the action in the ring, native Kansas City artist Rob Schamberger will be painting a portrait of Sting live on-site. Lawler is also a talented artist.
Some time ago, when the John Cena character was developing in WWE, Cena wore 'throwback' jerseys to the ring, and one night sported the vintage Kansas City Royals garment. Schamberger painted Cena wearing that jersey.
Schamberger said: “Being a native Kansas Citian and still proud to call it home, and as someone who was lucky enough to go to a 1985 post-season game, it seemed like a natural fit to paint this portrait of John. The piece nicely combines my involvement in the wrestling world, my love of art and my history with my hometown team.”
This marks the third World Series appearance by the Royals, first since 1985. They are 1-1 in the World Series.
The surprising Royals are playing the San Francisco Giants in the Fall Classic.
The Giants’ Michael Morse and Hunter Pence are pro wrestling fans.
Wearing a ‘Yes’ bandana, the South Floridian Morse was recently interviewed by WWE Hall of Famer Mick Foley on ‘MLB Now’
Through Pence and WWE superstar Daniel Bryan, the Giants adopted Bryan’s ultra-popular ‘Yes’ chants. Bryan even appeared during a Giants’ home playoff game to lead the team and crowd into a sea of ‘Yes’ chants.
The Giants weren’t the first this season to go the ‘Yes’ route via Bryan and WWE. Earlier in the season, the Pittsburgh Pirates with Miami’s own Gaby Sanchez and the Left Field Loonies were doing ‘Yes’ chants to celebrate home runs.