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CFLer has all the right moves


By AL RUCKABER -- Calgary Sun
Anthony McClanahan and Al Ruckaber   Get ready to rumble with the Crayola Kid, the Grim Reaper or Homie.

Take your pick.

Anthony McClanahan hasn't yet decided which of those handles he'll go by when he enters the pro wrestling arena with the World Wrestling Federation once the CFL season is over.

While the colorful, flamboyant third-year Calgary Stampeders linebacker favors Crayola Kid, he might even go back in time to a nickname he was tagged with as a kid ... Aunt Mac.

Using that shtick, McClanahan, with his multi-colored hair, could do a cross-dresser routine a la Dennis Rodman.

One thing is certain though ... McClanahan, 26, fully intends to pursue a WWF career after this football season.

While he's already had one match -- last month in Strathmore against a former Mr. Universe, McClanahan said that was nothing more than a strutting exhibition.

The true road to the WWF starts next Wednesday, when McClanahan begins his instruction here in Calgary under the tutelage of the Hart family, including world champions Bret (Hitman) and Owen.

"Hey man, I'm a natural for WWF wrestling," the 6-ft., 2 in., 235-lb. McClanahan said.

"I'm a crazy, flamboyant guy who loves to strut and talk. That's half the battle already. I'm colorful and I ain't bad to look at. This is for me. I love it. It's the only place I know where the league won't fine you for hitting somebody after the whistle."

As for his ring name, McClanahan is still thinking.

"I'm gonna be a wrestler who's in-between good and bad... some love me, some hate me," he said.

"With all the colors I wear in my hair, and the fact I love kids, the Crayola Kid might be the right one. I'd make a deal with the Crayola crayon company. I'd use all their colors in my hair and use their name. What do you think?"

Well, err, maybe the Aunt Mac gig would work better.

"Yah, I do want to wrestle Dennis Rodman some day," McClanahan laughed.

But above all the talk, McClanahan is dead serious.

"They're telling me it won't take too much time, because I've already established a name.

"And some wrestling people tell me I could go straight to the top," he said.

"It should take me about two-to-three months of training with the Harts until I can get my certification for the WWF," he said.

"I could get started wrestling right after the football season.

"I'd have to start in smaller cities, of course, then build my reputation up and move up.

"This could work great as a six-month off-season job, if you could call it a job. It's more fun and entertaining.

"To do that, I'd have to forget about my dream of some day going back and playing in the NFL ... that's a year-round commitment. But if I sign a long-term contract in the CFL, I can have the best of both worlds."

And with McClanahan inside the ropes, the world of wrestling won't ever be the same again.

PHOTO: Stampeders' linebacker Anthony McClanahan puts the moves on Sun writer Al Ruckaber. Jack Cusano, Calgary Sun