The start of a new year always has us looking ahead to the possibilities of the next 12 months. In terms of wrestling, opinion and speculation will always involve the names of fighters who could cross from other disciplines.
Boxers, mixed martial artists and other pugilists will often seek out a change of career at some stage. We’ve only just begun but 2022 could bring a number of additions to the wrestling rosters. Here are some of the names in the frame:
WWE is the obvious aim for many who want to make the switch and Tyson Fury has already been there. Back in October 2019, the man known as the Gypsy King briefly left the boxing ring to take on Braun Strowman in a memorable bout.
Will he return to wrestling in 2022? Fury has already said that he would have continued in WWE had changes to the sporting schedules not been necessary from 2020 onwards. For now, many expect him to continue in the ring with trusted online gambling sites already listing markets against potential boxing opponents.
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That’s all part of the speculation but, while Tyson Fury waits for his preferred opponent Anthony Joshua, a return to wrestling certainly isn’t out of the question.
One MMA fighter with his career firmly at the crossroads is Ireland’s Conor McGregor. 2021 was a low point for the man known as ‘Notorious’ who lost two bouts in succession for the first time since joining the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
Having sustained a badly broken leg in his second defeat to Dustin Poirier, McGregor has had plenty of time to ponder his next move. Reports suggest that he still has a future in MMA for now and is penciled in for some high-profile UFC fights in 2022.
However, an entry into WWE could be a possibility: McGregor has openly called out practically the entire wrestling roster on social media and there are many in the sport who would be more than willing to take him on.
British fighter David Haye is officially listed as a retired professional boxer but few would be surprised to see him attempt yet another comeback. He enjoyed some brilliant displays in his career, most notably an incredible victory over ‘Goliath’ Nikolai Valuev, back in 2009.
Haye v Valuev was a high point but it was largely downhill from that stage. Various comebacks have been attempted but the Haymaker has failed to reach those heights subsequently.
David Haye is another boxer to have criticized the WWE roster. He’s a high-profile media personality and could also slot easily into the format.
Of all the suggestions on this list, Daniel Cormier could be the most plausible. Unlike Conor McGregor and David Haye, he’s known to be a huge fan of WWE and was a former Olympic wrestler.
It’s felt that once he completes his unfinished business in UFC, Cormier may well make the switch.
It’s been a difficult two years in the Octagon for Paige VanZant who has suffered injuries and defeats that have made a negative mark on what has been an impressive MMA career. Many feel that her time in mixed martial arts is coming to an end but she’s another fighter who could make a seamless transition into the wrestling ring.
It’s reported that WWE made an approach a few years back and they may well remain interested in adding the 27-year-old to their roster.