What do Speedos and spurs have in common?
He is known in the professional wrestling world as "The Cowboy," and anyone who loves professional wrestling knows the sport requires snug fitting shorts.
Then there is Velvet Sky, aka Jamie Szantyr, who isn't just another pretty face. She chose her name because she liked the sound of it, but don't let the name fool you, she's still as tough as it gets in the ring.
Velvet and the Cowboy are part of the TNA Impact Wrestling World Tour, which comes to the Tri-Cities on April 26 at the Toyota Center in Kennewick. Showtime is 7:30 p.m.
Storm told the Herald in a recent telephone interview that it was his "momma" who nicknamed him "Cowboy" when he was a little tyke, though he didn't don a Speedo until he grew up and became a Impact Wrestling World Tour champion.
But he can't remember why his mother started calling him Cowboy.
"My mother has been calling me 'The Cowboy' since I was about 9 years old, probably because I was a rough and tumble kind-of kid," said the 35-year-old Tennessee wrestler. "It just seemed appropriate to use the name for my wrestling career. I've certainly had my share of bar fights, too."
According to Impact's press stat sheet, Storm stands 6 feet tall and weighs 230 pounds. But Velvet Sky's height and weight were nowhere to be found.
Velvet says there is a perfectly good explanation for that.
"You know how women are," she said. "They think it's rude to ask a woman her age or how much she weighs. But it doesn't really bother me. I'm 5-foot-4 and weigh 130 pounds."
And she admits she uses her smarts and sex appeal to get what she wants in and out of the ring. Sky is a former TNA Women's Knockout Champion as well as a TNA Knockouts Tag Team Champion.
Joining Storm and Velvet on the Impact tour will be a barrage of other rough and tumble wrestlers, including Jeff Hardy, aka The Charismatic Enigma, and Bobby Roode, the current TNA World Heavyweight Champion.
TNA Impact Wrestling World Tour, which is featured on Spike cable TV at 9 p.m. Thursday nights, has visited more than 120 countries.
Tickets to the show start at $25. Those who purchase a $55 ring-side seat also can partake in a meet and greet with Impact Wrestling superstars prior to showtime.
And rumor has it that Tri-City fans who scream the loudest during the exhibition will be invited backstage for a special Impact Wrestling experience.
Tickets are available at the coliseum box office or through the Toyota Center website at www.yourtoyotacenter.com.
*Dori O'Neal: 582-1514; email@example.com