7 WWE wrestlers who could potentially do well in MMA
There are many folks who criticize professional wrestling because it's "fake". Usually, it's those same people who will allude to the idea that WWE superstars would not be able to hold their own in a real fight. And usually, when they say a "real fight," they mean an MMA fight. To be fair, if you watched CM Punk's UFC debut against Mickey Gall, that argument is based somewhat upon fact.
However, not all wrestlers are created equal.
Personally, I believe that there are several WWE superstars who could, at the very least, hold on their own in MMA. Here are seven superstars who I think could pull it off. Once again, keep in mind that these are not at all fact-based and you can feel free to disagree with me. Additionally, be assured that this is not a list of wrestlers who I am 100% certain would do well in MMA - it's just the ones that MIGHT have a shot. Of course, these are in no particular order.
Oh, and I'd like to give a special shout-out to Sin Cara. He gets an honourable mention for his legendary record in backstage scuffles.
With that said, onto the list -
#7 - Shelton Benjamin
I would like to go on record and say that Shelton Benjamin is one of the most underrated performers in the WWE history. Sure, he's garbage on the microphone, but he subverts that with his impeccable in-ring acumen. He is genuinely one of the most athletic human beings I have ever seen in a WWE ring.
Before he got to WWE, Shelton Benjamin was a standout amateur wrestler in high school and college. He was a two-time All-American for the University of Minnesota (where he trained with Brock Lesnar, who is his real-life close friend) and was even a prospect for the Summer Olympics in 2000. Instead, he chose professional wrestling, where he flourished in the mid-card throughout the early-to-mid 2000's.
Even in 2017, Benjamin's combination of wrestling ability, speed, and power could serve him well in an MMA match. And yes - I know that he is 42 years old, but so is Anderson Silva. So anything is possible.