Jay Guillermo thought he was getting an early start on his pro wrestling career.
Indeed, media day for the college football championship game had the look and sound of a WWE event.
Alabama and Clemson both entered Amalie Arena accompanied by dramatic intro music, including U2's "Where The Streets Have No Name" for the Tigers.
"It's funny, because it's like a media day and we're coming out like we're at the game," said Guillermo, an offensive lineman at Clemson. "Pretty cool. Coach (Adam) Smotherman, one of our strength coaches was joking with me because I always say I'm going to end up being a professional wrestler. He said, 'Yeah, this is getting you ready for a wrestling intro.'"
The top players and coaches were led onto the arena floor by workers carrying signs with their names, sort of like the opening ceremonies at the Olympics.
"Who's idea was that?" Alabama coach Nick Saban quipped. "That's a pretty dramatic opening, kind of enjoyable."
The Crimson Tide is meeting Clemson in the title game for the second year in a row.
"This is awesome," Tigers coach Dabo Swinney said, settling into seat to take questions from the media. "Did we have all this last year? I can't remember."