The WWE has millions of fans,, and it just got a new one. At the Monday Night Raw event in Providence, R.I., Patriots quarterback Brian Hoyer stopped by with his son to check out all of the action. Prior to watching Raw with his six-year-old son, Garrett, at the Dunkin' Donuts Center, Brian would catch the shows weekly.
"My brother-in-law really got him hooked, and now we all have our favorites. Of course we have to have the action figures, the ring," he said. "For his birthday, it was like we got the ring, we got Roman Reigns, we got Seth Rollins, we got Braun Stroman, so we got them all."
Brian and his son got to see Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins battle it out with Dolph Ziggler and Drew McIntyre for the title of Tag Team Champions before watching in horror as The Shield disintegrated when Dean Ambrose turned on Seth Rollins. They also watched Finn Bálor defeat Robert Lashley in a hard-fought match up.
"To see [Garrett] meet some of these people tonight and the smile on his face and for me, I know when I saw Finn Bálor walk onto the stage tonight, like I was super excited tonight so it’s been a great night," Brian said.
As the WWE added another fan to their roster, they continued to strengthen the connection that they already had with the Patriots. One of their own used to wear the red, white and blue in a different way on Sundays.
Former WWE SmackDown Women's Champion, Carmella used to cheer for the Patriots and used her experience with the squad to help her transition into the ring. Now one of the more popular names in the brand, she hasn't forgotten her roots.
Like Carmella, the WWE boasts a few other superstars who work NFL games into their schedule. For Kofi Kingston, finding a way to cheer on the Patriots on game day is important to him and he misses the uniqueness of New England's sports culture.
As much as the world knows about New England's love for their sports team, Brian has felt it first hand. What strikes Brian the most is the support the teams have for each other.
"It’s almost like a college like atmosphere where all the teams kind of support each other," Brian said. "That’s how it is in Boston. We have great sports teams and I think it’s a great time to be a part of it."