Toronto Maple Leafs Legend bombs in stand-up attempt

Toronto Maple Leafs Legend Tie Domi took the stage for The Roast of Ric Flair this weekend. Those watching wished he wasn’t.

It’s usually nice to see athletes doing things outside of their sport. Toronto Maple Leafs of the past have a long history. Whether it’s Zach Hyman writing children’s books, Wendel Clark opening a restaurant chain, Tim Horton starting a used car dealership, Gary Roberts teaching high-performance training, or Shayne Corson and Darcy Tucker starting a hockey apparel brand, there’s no shortage to examples.

However, as former NHL enforcer Tie Domi proved, one thing to avoid is roasting others.

Last weekend Max Domi’s dad was in Nashville, TN to take the stage for the Roast of Ric Flair. Along with a number of comedians and wrestlers, he honored longtime wrestling icon “Nature Boy” Ric Flair. It was part of the festivities that took place as part of Flair’s retirement competition.

Ex-Toronto Maple Leafs Enforcer Bombs

During his set, Domi mentioned that it was his first time doing a roast and that he was personally invited by Flair. He admitted that the jokes he was about to recite to the crowd were written by someone else. He then read them slowly from a paper as he shared his thoughts on each joke, making it clear that he had done little to no preparation for the event.

This got no further than the comedians taking turns jabbing a man who made his living throwing haymakers at opponents. John Moses started his time on stage by addressing Domi. He suggested that Domi’s performance may have been hampered by his former profession. “Have you ever blocked one of those punches?” Moses asked, “But he’s retired. The only thing Tie Domi is fighting now is putting his big head through a t-shirt.”

Many on the podium turned their attention to the size of the hockey player’s head. Domi himself even used his dome for food. He said: “At 73 years old, for Flair to go back in the ring; he has to have some sort of ego. Obviously I’m the last man in the room who should address anyone because he has a big head I was born on November 1st, 2nd and 3rd.”

Domi shared that he is a fan of both Flair and his wrestling. He explained that in his youth he watched the games at the Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto. Maybe that’s why he got the chance to tell jokes. However, after his performance, it may have been an event that Domi would have been better suited for as an audience member.

While roasting may not be Domi’s forte, he’s still one of the best ever to drop his mitts in the NHL. Few were ever able to talk with their hands as he did.

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