Buffalo Bills linebacker Shawne Merriman. Singer/entertainer Chris Brown. Professional wrestler (and current WWE Champion) C.M. Punk.
That’s three individuals you think would have little or nothing to do with one another, right?
Well, thanks to a chance encounter in Costa Rica a few years ago and the magic of Twitter, we have one of the world’s most bizarre rivalries on our hands.
A few years back, Merriman happened to be in Costa Rica at the same time as the WWE’s non-stop tour. According to Punk, Merriman tried and failed miserably to hit on some of the WWE’s “Divas” (female wrestlers). Punk gleefully reported what he saw to Twitter…and I’ll just quote the rest from the Chicago Tribune:
It all began on Saturday when Punk…tweeted“Watching Shawne Merriman of the Buffalo Bills hit on our divas and strike out. Reminds me of the Bills in the Super Bowl.” Merriman, who happened to be in Costa Rica at the same time as WWE’s Superstars and Divas, tweeted back “I was just giving you guys some hope. Look like you were struggling by the pool.”
After Punk tweeted “If you could get to a QB as fast as you ran after our divas, maybe you’d make headlines being a Pro Bowler and not a creep,” Merriman, who last made the Pro Bowl in 2007, fired back, “How about I come and deliver a nice special Lights Out (butt) woopin tonight Costa Rican Style?”
Punk proclaimed himself the victor of the Twitter feud after that. “Clearly, I have defeated you,” he tweeted. “However, You will have plenty of time to think of a better come back while you ride the bench for another entire season.” Merriman’s response? “It’s bad when I thought you worked at the hotel … I almost handed you my f’ing towel. Go do some push ups,” he tweeted. “Do me a favor (and) turn your little wrestling underwear around and give yourself a wedge.”
For the record, Punk totally won that Twitter “war.” That line about getting to the QB was gold.
Sadly, that’s not the end of the Twitter silliness.