While it seems hard to believe in this era of ultimate fighters and complete boxers, there was once a time when professional wrestlers were regarded as some of the toughest athletes on the planet.
The likes of Lou Thesz and Billy Robinson were known for their authentic wrestling and submission abilities, and their auras allowed a tough guy legacy to build.
In 2017, while wrestlers are appreciated for their extreme schedules and hard-hitting style, the days of them being seen as genuine fighting marvels are long gone.
From Brock Lesnar to Ken Shamrock, WWE has been home to several UFC fighters over the years, while rumours of Ronda Rousey switching to professional wrestling have been growing increasingly louder.
CM Punk and Batista have both tried MMA with various degrees of success, and there has been plenty of WWE talent who wanted to become genuine fighters, including…
Dwayne Johnson is now perhaps the most famous actor in the world, but the 45-year-old made his name as a professional wrestler in WWE.
Despite his success in the wrestling ring, Johnson had previously considered a switch to UFC.
A physical specimen and former college football star, Johnson certainly had the athletic credentials to perform well in MMA.
In 2016, he told the MMA Unfiltered podcast that: ‘There was a time there where I thought, “Man, I achieved everything I wanted to achieve in WWE, my movie career is floundering a little bit, what do I do?’” Johnson said. ‘I was relatively still young; I think I was 34. I thought, “Oh, well maybe UFC. Maybe I should do something like that.”‘
While a year later, The Rock tweeted about what his plans would have been had he made the move into real fighting.
Considering how poorly former wrestling rival CM Punk got on inside the Octagon, it looks like Johnson made the right decision not to fight.