Spike’s newest game show Lip Sync Battle is a viral success, even if its TV ratings aren’t exactly monstrous. Speaking of monstrous, though, take a gander at former boxing icon Mike Tyson’s fast and furious fists as he energetically rocks the shit out of performing Salt-N-Pepa’s 1987 hit song “Push It.” Check it out below, and for pity’s sake, don’t get in his way.
With a dance that looks like it was choreographed by a Tesla coil, Tyson hops around the stage with as much gusto as he used to bring to the boxing ring. But it’s once he starts the actual lip syncing that things get super haywire, as he begins erratically punching the air and pumping his hips, making it completely clear that he’s wearing a pair of black pants that seem far more suitable for a ballet dancer. Can’t hate on that puffy ass jacket and swinging gold chain though, because those are about as perfect as can be.
Seriously, this is the kind of face I would have to make if I (presumably unsuccessfully) tried putting these pants on my own body.
It makes a good bit of sense that Tyson would shoot for this song, as it was popular in the prime of his career, as he won the WBA and IBF Heavyweight titles in 1987 and retained them (along with the WBC Heavyweight title) until 1990. I wonder what the second song he’ll be performing will be. It seems a little too obvious for him to go with “Mama Said Knock You Out,” especially since Lip Sync Battle is hosted by singer LL Cool J, but I wouldn’t be surprised to see it happen.
Tyson will be facing the equally massive Terry Crews, who recently showed off just how impeccable his own lip syncing skills are at the TV Land Awards. (Here’s hoping Betty White is in the crowd here as well.) I expect this to be one of the better competitions this show has seen yet. And considering we’ve already seen Dwayne Johnson go disco, Anne Hathaway go Miley Cyrus and Anna Kendrick go bootylicious, that’s no small wager to make.
Watch this full performance and much more when Lip Sync Battle airs on Spike on Thursday, April 23, at 10 p.m. ET. Don’t forget to wear a mouthguard.
Nick is a Cajun Country native, and is often asked why he doesn't sound like that's the case. His love for his wife and daughters is almost equaled by his love of gasp-for-breath laughter and gasp-for-breath horror. A lifetime spent in the vicinity of a television screen led to his current dream job, as well as his knowledge of too many TV themes and ad jingles.
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