Followers of WWE are well aware that we are firmly in something more confined than just the PG Era. Vince McMahon’s brand of wrestling smacks not only of sterile corporatism at times, but also tip-toes clumsily through the landmines of PC culture. It’s not all bad, of course; some of the wrestling has been excellent in recent times, but in terms of storylines it veers from the ridiculous to the vanilla.
Take, for example, the horrible DX vs the Brothers of Destruction ‘feud’ in the lead up to Crown Jewel. It’s hard to imagine WWE fans having apathy towards the Undertaker and Shawn Michaels, but week after week as they shuffled out to give a half-enthusiastic promo, you could see the sense of indifference among the fans.
In that sense, it would be interesting to have some good talkers back in WWE, those that naturally shine on the mic in a similar vein to the Rock, CM Punk or Ric Flair. An interesting candidate would be heavyweight boxer Tyson Fury.
Fury hinted at WWE career in the past
Now, this is only an exercise in fantasy, rather than one of those ‘Conor McGregor is going to enter the Royal Rumble’ type rumours. Fury has talked about fighting Steve Austin at Wrestlemania, but nobody has really taken the comments seriously. Mainly, it serves to highlight the dearth of talented talkers in WWE and the restraints put upon those who can work the mic.
Fury, while a controversial figure, has a natural charm. More importantly, he has a sense of self-deprecation that infuses his trash-talking that makes it funny and engaging. The fact he is one of the best heavyweights to have come about in the last decade also makes lends itself to certain seriousness in his words.
Could he wrestle? For a big man, Fury is very light on his feet, regarded as having excellent footwork and reactions. He is in no way the type of cumbersome lucky-punch pugilist that sometimes has success in the ring. Put simply, you could possibly get a Bam Bam Bigelow rather than a Great Khali.
Would he wrestle? Perhaps not. If you weren’t aware, Fury has a pretty big date with Deontay Wilder for the WBC Heavyweight title in LA. Wilder is the 8/13 betting favourite with Bet365, priced at just evens to win by KO. If Fury were to lose, his fickle relationship with boxing might come to an end.
Fury is betting underdog in Wilder fight
But Fury is fancied by many pundits, seen as a betting bargain at 6/4 to win and 9/4 to win on points (remember those quick feet). It’s almost too close to call, so you can check out these Wilder vs Fury free bets for the best promotions to back your selection. If you want betting tip, the 11/8 offered by Betway for neither fighter to be knocked down looks pretty tasty.
Regardless, the upshot of all this is Tyson Fury is pretty busy, not to mention able to make more money than Vince McMahon could ever throw at him. Even if he loses, he will still likely have the money making All-British clash with Anthony Joshua at some point. That would make the Gypsy King more money in a single night than an entire career in squared circle could.
But, a few years from now, who knows what could happen? While we have pointed out that this is a fantasy exercise, you have to remember that WWE craves the idea of cross-over stars coming to try their hand at pro wrestling. Don’t forget both Universal Champion, Brock Lesnar, and Women’s Raw Champion, Ronda Rousey, came from MMA.
In contrast to those two though, Fury would not have to rely solely on his former career to get over with the crowd. His natural flair for the theatrical, sense of humour and ability to switch from comedian to dangerous foe are perfect for getting over with increasingly critical pro wrestling fans. If Fury’s constant quips that he could one day be in a WWE ring come true, we may be all in for a treat.