Safety Derwin James of the Los Angeles Chargers body-slammed tight end Travis Kelce of the Kansas City Chiefs on Thursday in a move that reminded viewers of a WWE “spinebuster.”
James won the moment even though the Chiefs defeated their AFC West rivals 27–24 on "Thursday Night Football."
When the 6-foot-2-inch, 215-pound James took the ball carrier off his feet and drove him into the ground on his back during the third quarter, the 6-foot-5-inch, 250-pound Kelce appeared to be on his way to a touchdown.
The impact of Kelce's hit caused the ball to pop loose, but it was not declared a fumble.
The tackle was compared to pro wrestling's deadly spinebuster manoeuvre by several Twitter users.
Also mentioned in the conversation was Hulk Hogan, a former wrestler.
Strong safety Derwin Alonzo James Jr. plays for the Los Angeles Chargers of the National Football League.
James played collegiate football for Florida State.
The Chargers selected James in the first round of the 2018 NFL Draft.