The video, posted on Facebook by San Antonio Zoo, shows dozens of visitors cheering as three WWE NXT stars take on the young lioness, behind a cage. "She's not moving," one of the burly men says before giving up.
Watch the thrilling tug of war below:
"Wow! Impressive!" wrote one person. "How strong is that little cub," wondered another.
According to mySA.com, the activity was set up by zookeepers to provide stimulation for its big cats. "We try to simulate what they would do out in the natural environment. It is tough, they have to forage for food, compete for food, go through long periods of time without food," San Antonio Zoo Director of Public Relations Chuck Cureau told mySA.com. "Fortunately in a zoo, they're going to get that food every single day, but we try to vary it up so they don't get bored."
"You've got these three huge men and they're barely budging, they're barely able to pull on this," Mr Cureau told mySA.com. "It just demonstrates the power these wild animals have. They may be trained but they're certainly not tamed, and people underestimate the power of these animals." Click for more trending news