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Reddick’s WrestleMania debut has to be on hold for now

Josh Reddick says his WWE championship belt, a gift from Tiple-H, is among his most prized possessions.

Josh Reddick says his WWE championship belt, a gift from Tiple-H, is among his most prized possessions.

A’s right fielder Josh Reddick had this coming weekend all planned out.

“I looked at the WWE schedule when they announced WrestleMania was going to be in Santa Clara,’’ he said. “It’s always the end of March. And we’re always home then for the Bay Bridge Series. It was going to work out perfect.’’

For Reddick, such a huge WWE fan that he has a championship belt given to him by his favorite wrestler, Triple-H, perfection did not come as expected.

“I looked at our spring schedule and this year we’re a week late,’’ he said Sunday morning. The A’s won’t open the season until April 6 at home against Texas, so the three-game Bay Bridge meetup with the Giants won’t happen until April 2-4, the better part of a week after WrestleMania comes to Levis Stadium on March 29.

Reddick grew up as a wrestling fan in Georgia got away from it for a while, but got back into about seven years ago. He numbers Triple-H among his friends, has gotten plenty of time behind stage at WWE events, and he had a brief “beard-off’’ with the WWE’s Daniel Bryan, Bryan winning and shaving Reddick’s beard after the 2013 season.

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A’s Reddick puts his beard up to a challenge from WWE’s Bryan

He’s calling it a “BeardOff,’’ but even A’s right fielder Josh Reddick admits it’s a beard-on.

Reddick, a huge fan of WWE wrestling has taken the challenge of the WWE’s Daniel Bryan to spend the rest of this year growing the fullest and most luxuriant beard possible.

The winner will be voted by fans online and “the loser has to shave it all off,’’ Reddick said Tuesday morning.

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