There are some individuals for making a living wrestling from town to town, but also want to pursue other opportunities in other sports. With Cheerleader Melissa, Allysin Kay, Sassy Stephie, Taylor Made and Mia Yim moonlighting in the mixed martial arts scene on Friday there are plenty of two-sport athletes who became either a success in one sport or both. Although wrestling does help in the long run, an athlete would be willing to try another sport to be successful at the specific sport, given the circumstances. Some are willing to go take the route that legendary athletes like Bo Jackson and Deion Sanders has taken and try doing two sports in their careers. Others would want to put their primary sport on hold and give another sport a try, like hall of fame basketball player Michael Jordan did when he gave baseball a shot in 1993. For some wrestlers, trying a different sport wouldn’t hurt and would be able to squeeze into their schedules a try at a sport they could get a chance to do. Here are some examples of wrestlers who were successes at other sports.
Take Wahoo McDaniel for one. The former Oklahoma Sooner made a name for himself in the old American Football League, playing for four different teams including the New York Jets at one point, and yes folks, he was one hell of a football player. During his time on the gridiron Wahoo was also wrestling some of the best wrestling had to offer, including Dory Funk Jr. After he hung up the football cleats in 1968 he battled some of wrestling’s finest; like Ric Flair, Jimmy Garvin, Tully Blanchard, Nikita Koloff and so many others. Wahoo has held the NWA United States Championship five times and was honored by the Cauliflower Alley Club in 1996.
Brock Lesnar not only was a best in the ring, he was a beast in the cage as well. In 2007 Lesnar, a few years after a failed attempt on the gridiron, have mixed martial arts a try, eventually joining the MMA powerhouse UFC the following year. A sport that fits the former NCAA National Champion in wrestling, Lesnar held the UFC World Heavyweight Championship for a record setting 707 days before losing to Cain Velasquez in 2011. In 2012, Lesnar returned to wrestling with heavy criticism, but the Beast Incarnate did not listen to the criticism and became more successful than he was when he left wrestling in 2004. At WrestleMania XXX, he conquered The Undertaker’s WrestleMania winning streak, the first wrestler to do so after so many people tried and they failed.
Bobby Lashley’s wrestling career came at a crossroad when he got involved in MMA, most notably StrikeForce. During his time with the now defunct promotion he made appearances for TNA Wrestling, becoming wrestling’s most active two-sport athlete. Even with his return to TNA a high risk opportunity, he is still active in the MMA scene, still dominating the sport like he did in wrestling. With this hybrid of MMA fighter and Pro Wrestler becoming a trend in this day and age, Lashley was the first to do so.
I wish nothing but luck for the ladies of the ring for trying out this new venture and hope that this idea about becoming a two-sport athlete is going to take a lot of hard work, but they can be successful in one sport and successful in another.
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