ROME – In a move that has left both historians and tech enthusiasts astounded, tech billionaire Elon Musk has just purchased the Colosseum. Known for his ambitious projects on Earth and beyond, Musk’s newest venture is revitalizing the ancient arena for live-streamed gladiator fights, exclusively on his revamped social media network, X.
While most would have been satisfied with a 3D holographic reimagining or perhaps a VR experience, Musk has gone a step further. Sources close to the entrepreneur reveal that he intends to participate in the first match himself. And the opponent he’s trying to rope in? None other than Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg.
“It’s the ultimate showdown,” said Musk in a surprise livestream, standing in the center of the Colosseum, wearing what appeared to be a futuristic gladiator suit made of titanium and equipped with SpaceX rocket thrusters. “It’s about time we take our tech rivalries to the arena, and where better than the Colosseum?”
While many believe this could be another Muskian publicity stunt, engineers have been spotted surveying the Colosseum. Rumors suggest plans for retractable roofs, robotic lions, and perhaps even a cameo appearance of the infamous Tesla Cybertruck.
When asked for his thoughts, Zuckerberg merely raised an eyebrow and sent a cryptic response via his Metaverse avatar, “I’ve faced bigger challenges. Remember Farmville requests?”
Local Italians have mixed reactions. “It’s a blend of respecting our heritage and embracing the future,” said Maria Conti, a Rome native. “Plus, who wouldn’t want to see two tech moguls duke it out where the gladiators once stood?”
Others, like historian Giuseppe Ferraro, are less thrilled. “The Colosseum is a relic, a testament to our history. It’s not a playground for the rich. Unless, of course, they bring back the lions. Real ones, not robotic.”
Musk’s plans include revitalizing the surrounding areas of the Colosseum, with Tesla electric chariots available for rent and a Neuralink station where visitors can download the complete history of Rome in mere seconds.
As the world waits to see if Zuckerberg will accept the challenge, one thing is for sure: Musk’s version of Rome wasn’t built in a day, but it promises to be just as legendary.
Note: This article is fictional and in the style of satirical news publications. Elon Musk has not purchased the Colosseum and there are no current plans to host modern-day gladiator fights within its ancient walls.