Out of all the WWE wrestlers, who do you think would have been great real life fighters?


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Real Life fighters as in an MMA fighter, boxer, etc.?

Aside from Brock Lesnar and Ken Shamrock(who both competed as MMA fighters already in real life in the UFC), I think Kurt Angle, Rob Van Dam and The Undertaker would have been pretty good fighters in real life. We all should know why Kurt Angle would be a good fighter and both RVD and Taker have martial arts backgrounds(especially RVD).
 
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X-Pac. Well trained martial artists in multiple disciplines and used to work as a bouncer before wrestling worked out. The fact he saved Shawn Michaels from those military guys at the bar fight in Syrcause in 96 should be a good enough reference that he's dependable in a fight.

Also the Undertaker doesn't have a martial arts background/experience. His athletic background before pro wrestling is in basketball. He's an UFC mark who's done some grappling training for fun. That's not exactly being a black belt.
 
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Santino Marella and Fit Finlay. Finlay doesn't rassle anymore, but he could still kick everyone's ass. Prime Finlay would eat Brock.
 

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Countless wrestlers from the 80's and 90's always talk about how Haku/Meng was the baddest motherfucker that you could ever cross. In a pure, knock-down drag-out street fight, he's the last guy you want standing across from you in opposition. Here's a website detailing many of his horror stories:

http://www.mandatory.com/2014/02/19/meng-stories-of-the-scariest-man-in-the-history-of-wrestling/

It's one thing to be a popular professional wrestler in the ring. You have T-Shirts printed up with your catch phrase on them and action figures that simulate your finishing move. You're loved by the fans and everyone knows your name. It's another thing to have the respect of your peers.

Some of the most popular wrestlers were considered soft by others in the locker room. There are numerous stories of altercations that caused guys to immediately become respected, but there's one man that stands above all the rest. He was considered the most terrifying man in the sport and was feared by even the toughest wrestlers.

His name is Meng and the tales of him have become those of Chuck Norris jokes. No one knows for sure which stories are true and which ones have been embellished. One thing we know for sure is that no one gets that much respect without having pulled off some truly unbelievable acts. Here are the stories from other wrestlers about the scariest man in the history of wrestling. This is the legend of Meng (aka Tonga, Haku).

The Bite
Kevin Sullivan was a wrestler/booker in WCW and traveled with Meng quite often when they were on the road. He told a story to WWE Classics about the time the duo went to a tavern to grab a few beers before heading to their hotel. According to Sullivan, it was obvious that he and Meng weren't locals, so when they walked into the bar, a guy playing pool called Meng a horrible, derogatory word.

"The next thing I know is that Meng goozles the guy like Mr. Spock," Sullivan said. "It was fast and furious. He then grabbed another guy who tried to get involved and knocked him unconscious."

After that, things got even crazier. "Meng bit through the guy's shirt like a wolf, bit a chunk out of the guy's back, then spit it on the floor," he said. "I said, 'It's time to go.' "

Sullivan said that as they drove from the bar he saw police cars pulling into the parking lot, but authorities didn't pursue them and no charges were ever filed.

The Airport Incident
In an interview with James Guttman of World Wrestling Insanity, Meng discussed how he wrestled to support his family and not for the fame or popularity. That's why he took particular offense when anyone called wrestling fake.

"When I walk in and you tell me it's fake, I'll show you how fake the business is. Whether I take your teeth out or take your eyeballs off or whatever it was in those days. Maybe they're going to kick my butt around, but watch it - I'm coming back and finding you. But those were those days. I'm glad nobody picked up a gun and shot my ass. But in those days, that's how it was, James. It's my love for the business."

He then confirmed that one of the most outrageous tales about him was indeed true.

"Yeah. It was in Baltimore Airport. There was a hotel there. We were staying at another hotel - the Marriot or something. There was another hotel there, though. It was hopping at the time. The music was playing and it was packed. It was during the week I believe. Me and Siva Afi went over and there were lots of babyfaces there at the bar. So we went and sat in the other corner away from them. When they were ready to close, we had a few drinks, and on our way out there were five guys just sitting there. Of course, the same thing came out. The "fake" stuff. "Hey, are you guys with those guys - wrestlers? The fake wrestlers on TV?" You know. I said, "Yeah. I'll show you." And I reached over without thinking - there are four other guys there (laughs) - grabbed his face, and bit his nose off. Then the fight started. Me and Siva kind of cleaned house there and left. I'll never forget it (laughs)."

Perry Saturn
During his YouShoot Interview, Perry Saturn was asked about his time in WCW and the toughness of the guys backstage. He was given the followng list of the guys with the strongest reputations of being tough and asked who would win a fight between them all.

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He responded "Tonga. Nobody else would stand a chance. Not even a question. He could kill everyone without blinking and there is nothing anyone could do about it"

Ted DiBiase
The Million Dollar Man said that one time they were in a rough part of St. Louis for a show. Everyone had been drinking and a large fight broke out, which resulted in the police showing up. Meng had a few drinks, but saw the fight break out so he started trying to break it up. In the process, police thought he was part of the fight and maced him then handcuffed him. He said that Meng was cuffed behind his back, looked at the police, and snapped the handcuffs.

Bobby Heenan
In a shoot interview, Heenan talked extensively about Meng and referred to him as the toughest man (not just wrestler) he's ever met in his life. The craziest story he shared was in regards to a bar fight where he claimed Meng "took his two fingers on his right hand, his index finger and trigger finger, and he reached into the guy's mouth and he broke off the guy's bottom teeth." Heenan said that if he hadn't been there and seen it himself, he wouldn't believe it. After all the other stories that have been confirmed, it doesn't seem that unbelievable at all. Heenan was also close friends with Andre the Giant and claimed that the only two men in the word that Andre feared were Meng and Harley Race.

Rick Steiner
The Steiner Brothers were known for being tough guys, so when a man is feared by two of the hardest guys in the sport, you know they've seen some crazy things. In an interview, Steiner talked about the time Meng fought off eight police officers. "They shot him with mace and he closed his eyes and sucked it in. He just opened his mouth and took a deep breath. I mean some of the stuff he did was like, 'What the hell?' Scotty and I always thought we were tough guys but that was before we met Meng."

Arn Anderson
In his biography, "Arn Anderson: 4 Ever" Anderson claims that there are three types of men in the world. There are tough men, there are wrestler-tough men, and then there's Meng. He was in a completely different category than anyone else on the planet. Anderson recalls one instance where a large cowboy was arguing with Meng and he pushed the cowboy through two different sets of doors using only one hand.

Brutus Beefcake
One of the most famous Meng stories happened during his time as Haku in the WWF. Brutus Beefcake had gone to management and complained that Meng slapped him too hard during their match. When Meng found out he walked straight to Beefcake's locker room and grabbed him out of the shower. He started choking him and lifted him two feet in the air while everyone else looked on because they were too scared to step in and break it up. Eventually Hulk Hogan came in and talked Meng down.

Eric Bischoff
There are so many stories about Meng fighting with other wrestlers, but that doesn't mean management wasn't just as scared of him. Former head of WCW, Eric Bischoff has said numerous times that Meng was never fired from WCW because no one was brave enough to do it. On one particular day, Bischoff and Greg Gagne walked into the locker room and interrupted a conversation between Meng and Chris Candido, Chris Jericho, and Tammy Sytch. Meng immediately looked at the pair of execs and said, "Hey! Apologize to my friends. I'm talking to them." According to Candido, the entire room went silent and everyone just froze. It was then that he realized the stories about Meng weren't just legends. Bischoff and Gagne apologized to them and waited for the conversation to finish before speaking with Meng.

Jesse Barr
On a trip to Puerto Rico, Meng was walking with fellow wrestler Jesse Barr when Barr decided to kick dirt onto a man who was digging ditches. Meng was upset by it and told Barr he shouldn't have done it. Barr decided to get in Meng's face and argue with him, which turned out to be a bad idea. Meng grabbed him and popped his eyeball out of socket. Some wrestlers claimed he completely tore it out, but Meng said that wasn't true. Barr ended up getting fired for the incident.

Kevin Sullivan
During Kevin Sullivan's numerous shoot interviews, he's spoken extensively on his time working with Meng. He claims that on one occasion when Sullivan was a booker in WCW, he asked Meng to do something that wasn't major, but it wasn't completely the right thing to do. He said that Meng got a little upset and it was most scared he's ever been in his entire life, despite Meng not being that angry.

Sullivan also used Meng to his advantage. Sullivan had to inform a few guys that they would be losing an upcoming match. They wrestlers became upset and told Sullivan they refused to do the job. Sullivan told them that, instead of arguing, he would just go get Meng and have him take care of the situation. They guys immediately agreed to lose their matches if he promised not to go get Meng.

Jake Roberts
Jake "The Snake" may have said it best during one of his shoot interviews: "If I had a gun and was sitting inside a tank with one shell left and Meng is 300 yards away, he's mine, right? Well the first thing I'm going to do is jump out of the tank and shoot myself because I don't want to wound that son of a bitch and have him pissed off at me."
 

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X-Pac. Well trained martial artists in multiple disciplines and used to work as a bouncer before wrestling worked out. The fact he saved Shawn Michaels from those military guys at the bar fight in Syrcause in 96 should be a good enough reference that he's dependable in a fight.

Also the Undertaker doesn't have a martial arts background/experience. His athletic background before pro wrestling is in basketball. He's an UFC mark who's done some grappling training for fun. That's not exactly being a black belt.
Oh. I thought he might have had at least some sort of fighting background judging by how he has his fighting stance in his wrestling matches and from hearing stories from other fans who've met The Undertaker in person. I'm an amateur middleweight boxer so I can somewhat distinguish whether or not someone had at least some degree of fighting background in them.
 

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Oh. I thought he might have had at least some sort of fighting background judging by how he has his fighting stance in his wrestling matches and from hearing stories from other fans who've met The Undertaker in person. I'm an amateur middleweight boxer so I can somewhat distinguish whether or not someone had at least some degree of fighting background in them.
Taker is a big boxing and MMA mark and is friends with boxers and UFC fighters. That's about as far as his experience goes.
He's a legitimate tough guy, but he's not a trained fighter.
 

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Nobody currently. It looks like the entire roster is filled with a group of bitches, male and female.
 

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Fit Finlay was an engine of destruction. Also I'd have been intrigued to see prime Vader go at it in a real fight
This reminded me of an article in Pro Wrestling Illustrated back when UFC first started out. They did an article where Vader answered fan questions. One of the questions asked was why doesn't Vader go fight in the UFC and he answered that he will only do it if they allowed him to fight handicap matches. I'll always remember that being a huge Vader mark. It was the perfect diplomatic answer.

That being said, I agree that Vader in his prime would have been interesting to see in MMA. I think he could have made a decent showing. He was an all out brutal, stiff fighter and a lot of wrestlers refused to get in the ring with him.
 
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Real Life fighters as in an MMA fighter, boxer, etc.?

Aside from Brock Lesnar and Ken Shamrock(who both competed as MMA fighters already in real life in the UFC), I think Kurt Angle, Rob Van Dam and The Undertaker would have been pretty good fighters in real life. We all should know why Kurt Angle would be a good fighter and both RVD and Taker have martial arts backgrounds(especially RVD).
Dan Severn was another one. Although he did UFC before professional wrestling, he was an amateur greco roman and freestyle wrestler before doing MMA.

Back in the day the first person I would have thought would have been good was Dr Death Steve Williams. Losing to Bart Gunn in the Brawl for it All hurt his reputation at the time as being the toughest man in pro wrestling though and kind of nixed my opinion of this.
 

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Swagger on the current roster seems like he could have transitioned into MMA pretty easily with his amateur wrestling pedigree, size and athleticism.

Del Rio has some professional fights (inb4 Cro Cop) and would handle most guys in the business today. Extensive greco roman wrestling background.

Ziggler ofc was a great amateur, would single-leg most of these noobs into oblivion.

All time: Scotty Steiner. Amazing amateur wrestler, amazing athlete, complete nut job.
 
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Back in the day the first person I would have thought would have been good was Dr Death Steve Williams. Losing to Bart Gunn in the Brawl for it All hurt his reputation at the time as being the toughest man in pro wrestling though and kind of nixed my opinion of this.
Wasn't he injured going into that one? I remember JR mentioning something, few years ago.
 

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Kurt angle and Alberto del rio hands down. Those guys in their prime... Learning other skill sets besides already being gold medal wrestlers... They could've killed it in the ufc.

Brock did well because he came in at the right time, he's a big dude, and a great wrestler. Right when Cain stepped in though, Brock was done for and couldn't compete. He was limited and didn't handle punches very well.

If you had a wrestler like angle, who's a higher caliber than Brock, and trained him to punch, submit, etc... That would be a dangerous entity.
 

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Real Life fighters as in an MMA fighter, boxer, etc.?

Aside from Brock Lesnar and Ken Shamrock(who both competed as MMA fighters already in real life in the UFC), I think Kurt Angle, Rob Van Dam and The Undertaker would have been pretty good fighters in real life. We all should know why Kurt Angle would be a good fighter and both RVD and Taker have martial arts backgrounds(especially RVD).
I'm sorry but the undertaker??? No way. He has done some basic shit but to say he would've done well in UFC is absurd. Cm punk technically has a "background," too. But anyone with half a brain knows odds are he's going to get his ass beat. Just because taker is a fan, doesn't mean he just be in the ufc and do well.
 

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Knew it was something. Shame one man's reputation went down the shitter because of something like that.
I agree. But WWF handled it poorly.

I have to rephrase what I said though. I didn't stop being a fan of him due to this. I actually still think he would have been perfect for MMA back in the 90s, he was one tough guy. And it sucks that possibly the worst idea at the time, Brawl for All, was what ruined it. It was probably even a worse idea than the XFL.
 

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I'm sorry but the undertaker??? No way. He has done some basic shit but to say he would've done well in UFC is absurd. Cm punk technically has a "background," too. But anyone with half a brain knows odds are he's going to get his ass beat. Just because taker is a fan, doesn't mean he just be in the ufc and do well.
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Countless wrestlers from the 80's and 90's always talk about how Haku/Meng was the baddest motherfucker that you could ever cross. In a pure, knock-down drag-out street fight, he's the last guy you want standing across from you in opposition. Here's a website detailing many of his horror stories:

http://www.mandatory.com/2014/02/19/meng-stories-of-the-scariest-man-in-the-history-of-wrestling/
I will say that as much as I love this post, and this guy is tough for sure, he most likely wouldn't fair well with rules. Sure, he's tough and with no rules he could probably beat the shit out of some of the best ufc fighters. But, he can't go into a ring and simply knock someone's eye out socket intentionally and use weapons.
 
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