Saturday, April 13

Wrestlers Who Dominated In Other Sports

As soon as a professional wrestler steps inside the ring the focus ultimately turns to what they are capable of inside that sport, because that’s what the fans are interested in. While traditionally wrestlers have grown up in the industry always wanting to be in the business, there have been changes over the years as people have come in from other sports.



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While not every single one of those athletes has managed to thrive in the wrestling ring, many professional wrestlers have dominated in other sports. This is often a showcase of how talented a person is as an athlete, proving that they’re able to compete in other fronts and that is often something fans might not be aware of.


Kurt Angle Is An Olympic Gold Medalist

The Other Sport: Amateur Wrestling

Kurt Anle wins Olympic Gold Cropped

  • Won a gold medal at the 1996 Olympic Games
  • He’s a two-time NCAA Division 1 Wrestling Champion

When people think about Kurt Angle, it is often professional wrestling that comes up first due to how incredible he was at it. Angle is a WWE Hall Of Famer and is often considered to be one of the greatest wrestlers ever, and a lot of that is due to the way he dominated the amateur wrestling space.


His success outside of professional wrestling is well known by fans due to the fact it ended up becoming a huge part of his character in WWE as well. Angle is often considered to be one of the best amateur wrestlers of all time, with this being a sport he dominated.

Brock Lesnar Dominated Inside The Octagon

The Other Sport: MMA

Win/Loss Record

Titles

Total PPV Buys (For Events He Competed On)

5-3-0 (1 NC)

– 1x UFC Heavyweight Champion

7,889,000

Brock Lesnar is a unique case because, unlike many other wrestlers who crossover from different sports, he did kickstart his professional career in wrestling. He became a big name courtesy of WWE, becoming one of the biggest stars in the company at a young age.


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However, after moving on he ended up transitioning into the world of MMA. Lesnar kept up his dominant displays as he rose to the top of UFC immediately. His time in the octagon only helped to legitimize him as an athlete, showcasing just how seriously he could be taken.

Ronda Rousey Was A Game Changer In Female Combat Sport

The Other Sport: MMA

Win/Loss Record

Titles

Total PPV Buys (For Events UFC Events)

12-2-0

– 1x UFC Women’s Bantamweight Champion – 1x Strikeforce Women’s Bantamweight Champion

4, 480,000

Another professional wrestler who thrived inside the octagon was Ronda Rousey. Unlike Brock Lesnar, she made her name in UFC first by becoming a global star as she helped to take women’s combat sport to a completely new level with her attitude, star power, and performances.


Rousey dominated inside the octagon and rose to the top of UFC regardless of gender. She changed the industry on the whole, which is what made her being signed by WWE such a big deal in the first place.

Pat McAfee Was An Elite Punter

Games Played

Punts

Touchdowns

127

575

7

Pat McAfee might not be a full-time professional wrestler, but the popular commentator has stepped inside the ring several times now at some major premium live events. The reason WWE brought him into the fold in the first place was because he was a major name in the world of sports following an incredible NFL career.


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McAfee is considered to be one of the greatest punters in the history of the sport, which is where he created a name for himself and became one of the biggest star in the history of the sport.

Ridge Holland Showcased His Toughness Elsewhere

The Other Sport: Rugby League

Position

Number Of Games

Number Of Tries

Prop

150

13

Ridge Holland is someone still making his mark in the world of professional wrestling, and he’s been able to start making his name due to being part of The Brawling Brutes. He has a hard-hitting style inside the ring, and that’s something that comes from his past as a rugby league player.


It’s a sport notorious for its physicality, and that is where the Englishman thrived. He played for a host of different teams throughout his time in rugby, proving himself to be a useful member of any team.

Satnam Singh Dazzled On The Court

The Other Sport: Basketball

  • He was a second-round draft pick in 2015 for the Dallas Mavericks
  • Singh played from 2015 – 2019

Satnam Singh is someone who instantly catches the eye due to his sheer size, but he’s also incredibly athletic inside the ring. A lot of that comes from his life before wrestling where he competed in professional basketball, making a major name for himself in the process.


His height was an obvious advantage when it came to that sport, and it’s something that he tapped into completely. He had a successful run in the sport before he moved on to join AEW.

Veer Made History Before Wrestling

The Other Sport: Baseball

Veer As Million Dollar Arm Cropped

  • He was the first Indian in history to play professional baseball
  • “The Million Dollar Arm” is based on his life story

Veer may have not managed to make a major impact in professional wrestling just yet, but he has already achieved a lot in the world of sports due to his history in baseball. He became the first Indian to ever play the sport professionally, which instantly made a name for himself.

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His story is an interesting one because he signed for the Pittsburgh Pirates after winning the reality show, “Million Dollar Arm.” That led to a career in baseball, and his story ended up becoming a movie, showcasing how impactful it was.


Mark Henry Truly Was The World’s Strongest Man

The Other Sport: Weightlifting/Strongman

Mark Henry weightlifting

  • Won the 2002 Arnold Strongman Classic
  • Won the NACAC Weightlifting Championship in 1996

Mark Henry took on the nickname of the World’s Strongest Man throughout the majority of his wrestling career, but that was a legitimate claim. That’s because he won the Arnold Strongman Classic, showcasing his strength as he dominated in that field.

Henry also has a history in weightlifting where his power was able to help him thrive in that world. Being a top athlete in that space opened the door for him in the world of professional wrestling, and he never looked back after that point.

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