The International Cricket Council (ICC) creatively celebrated Australian all-rounder Glenn Maxwell’s remarkable performance in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023 by drawing an amusing parallel to World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) superstar The Undertaker. Maxwell’s double-century contributed to solidifying Australia’s position in the tournament’s semifinals.
Nicknamed “The Big Show,” Glenn Maxwell performed extraordinarily in a crucial World Cup match. Maxwell turned the game around with Australia struggling at 91-7 in pursuit of 292 runs. He aggressively took on the Afghanistan bowlers, achieving an impressive double-century and confirming Australia’s semifinal berth with a six. His unbeaten knock of 201 off 128 balls included 21 fours and 10 sixes, with support from captain Pat Cummins.
ICC’s Unique Tribute: Blending Cricket with WWE
In a unique twist, the ICC shared a video of Maxwell collapsing on the ground due to cramps during his monumental innings, overlaid with WWE commentary featuring Michael Cole and the entrance music of The Undertaker.
The imaginative blend of cricket and wrestling entertainment paid homage to Maxwell’s resilience, likening him to The Undertaker’s legendary “Deadman” persona, known for “rising from the dead” and overcoming adversaries against all odds. Mark Callaway, the man behind The Undertaker character, is celebrated as one of the greatest WWE superstars and was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame four years ago, much like Maxwell’s historic cricketing achievements are being celebrated now.