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Pro wrestler competing on upcoming season of 'The Bachelorette'

Aaron Oster
Contact ReporterFor The Baltimore Sun
Wrestling and The Bachelorette franchise meet with Kenny King a contestant this coming season.

The world of professional wrestling and “The Bachelor” franchise doesn't cross over often. However, that's about to change as this year's Bachelorette will feature a well-known pro wrestler as a contestant. 

As the season begins to be shot for “The Bachelorette,” creator Mike Fleiss tweeted out a picture of some of the male contestants getting to the mansion.

Does one of those guys look familiar? Well, he should. Kenny King, best known for his time with TNA and Ring of Honor, is one of the contestants on The Bachelorette this season. He will try to earn the love of Rachel Lindsay, the first African-African bachelorette in the franchise's history.

For those unfamiliar with King, it's his charisma that is first noticed when he hits the screen. Whether it's with the All-Night Express with Rhett Titus, as X-division champ or part of the BDC in TNA, or most recently as part of The Rebellion in ROH, his combination of charisma and athleticism is hard to match throughout the world of wrestling. Both of those should probably help him on the show. Oh yeah, and his background as a Chippendales dancer probably won't hurt on the quest for love either.

This isn't King's first foray into the world of reality television. He was a contestant on the second season of WWE's "Tough Enough." It seemed like he might actually get a WWE contract, but WWE instead decided to give the contracts to two women, Jackie Gayda and Linda Miles. While many Tough Enough finalists ended up signing WWE contracts anyway, King went to the independent circuit, where he thrived. 

Will this cause pro wrestling fans to tune over to "The Bachlorette" when it starts to air in May? Well, since it's on Monday nights, the answer is probably not. But you could see the show popping up on DVRs in between wrestling shows. We'll have to wait to see if King is truly there for “the right reasons.” 

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