We’re two weeks away from WWE’s next pay-per-view, Crown Jewel, and despite being a gigantic box office draw in Saudi Arabia, the event is being equipped with story-lines that have nothing to do with the current linear narrative. This is, obviously, due to a lack of women’s title matches on the card due to the country’s laws against women’s rights and performing. So, WWE is doing what they always do – booking stars from other media genres in hopes of pulling in a bigger crowd at home. But does anyone outside of the wrestling universe actually know the background resumes fronted by Cain Velasquez and Tyson Fury?
Let’s start with Cain Velasquez because I’m more familiar with UFC than boxing. Cain is in the UFC record books for a number of reasons, including his 10 first round knockouts. He’s went toe-to-toe with other standout talents including Antonia Silva and Junior dos Santos, and he’s walked away with a 14-3 record and as a 3x Knockout of the Night winner, 1 time Performance of the night winner and as a 2x UFC Heavyweight Champion. A brown belt in Guerrilla Jui-Jitsu, a black belt in Brazillian Jui-Jitsu and a NCAA Division 1 Wrestler, Velasquez officially retired from MMA on October 11th 2019 to focus on his professional wrestling career, despite the fact that he signed a four-fight contract with UFC in February.
Cain showed up on a recent episode of SmackDown to get revenge on Brock Lesnar for his actions against Rey Mysterio and his son. Of course, Brock wasn’t fazed by this and the two men went on to pummel each other in the middle of the ring before being separated. It was then announced that the recently retired UFC fighter would face Brock Lesnar at Crown Jewel. And this is where it gets juicy. Back in October 2010, Cain destroyed Lesnar in the first round and stripped him of the Heavyweight Championship. These two men have a deep, emotional history that goes further than any scripted story-line in WWE. It’ll be interesting to see how this is worked out at Crown Jewel.
Tyson Fury, on the other hand, unintentionally found himself in a scripted feud with Braun Strowman after the former 2x Tag Team Champion hit the boxer with an air-born Dolph Ziggler. Tyson is a beast in his own right and demanded an apology from Strowman on the following episode of SmackDown. When that didn’t happen, the two men scrapped in the ring until they were separated by most of the WWE locker room. It was only then that Fury signed a contract on Raw to face Strowman on Halloween in Saudi Arabia. Let me not forget to mention that Mr. Fury is an undefeated boxer with a record of 29 wins and 1 draw. He’s captured over 17 Heavyweight Championships around the world, and is often regarded as one of the most feared and respected men in the sport.
This is also why I sometimes have a problem with WWE. Anyone who watches the franchise knows the athletics and choreography are real, the bruises and injuries are real, but everything is pre-determined behind-the-scenes. Picture a violent soap opera, if you will. MMA and boxing, however, is the real deal. What you see is what you get – men and women slugging the Hell out of each other until the other person is unconscious or unable to continue. I was able to forgive the MMA to WWE crossover with Ronda Rousey because I am a HUGE fan, but now it’s unbelievable over kill. In a real match, Cain would demolish Lesnar again, and Tyson would defeat Braun without breaking a sweat. And that’s facts.
Although, I’m hoping that Velasquez and Lesnar put some of their MMA training to use at Crown Jewel.