The WWE and the UFC are two of life’s best sports and entertainment pleasures. The UFC is traditional competitive sports and the WWE is athletic entertainment. These worlds are wildly different, yet they share much of the same fan base. WWE fans always want MMA fighters to talk like wrestlers and sound more entertaining on the microphone. MMA fans want professional wrestlers to look tougher and more realistic in the ring.
One thing is clear. WWE entrances are flashy, daring and over-the-top. WWE wrestlers are real-life super heroes.
If only these two worlds could collide and create entertaining, creative storylines, with legitimate competition behind it. We can’t have that, but we can imagine. And it starts with fantasizing about MMA athletes coming to the ring with the WWE spectacle behind it. If MMA athletes could enter the cage with light shows, fireworks and spectacular music, here’s what it might look like:
Nick Diaz/Randy Orton “I Hear Voices”
Known as “The Viper,” Randy Orton is the WWE’s unpredictable mess. He’s one of the sport’s best, but he tends to self-destruct when under pressure. He can be a lot like Nick Diaz. Diaz, of course, is one of the best mixed martial artists in the world, but he refuses to fully commit to the sport, and when he does want to fight it’s usually him demanding title shots he doesn’t deserve.
Diaz once lost a title shot against Georges St-Pierre because he refused to show up for pre-fight press conference. Orton has been suspended on at least one occasion for off-screen behavior. Although Orton is the current WWE World Heavyweight Champion, like Diaz, inconsistent performance has blocked him from becoming one of the greatest of all time. “I Hear Voices” epitomizes the intensity, anguish and incredible potential of both Orton and Diaz.
I hear voices in my head
They counsel me
They talk to me
Jon Jones/Triple H “The King of Kings”
Let’s face it: Like it or not, Jon Jones is best mixed martial artist on the planet. He has cleared out the light heavyweight division, defeating Mauricio “Shogun” Rua, Quinton “Rampage” Jackson, Lyoto Machida and Rashad Evans. Jones is somewhat of a phenom in the sport. Alexander Gustafsson has come the closest to beating him, but Jones rallied to defeat the Swedish fighter. If there’s a Jones equivalent, it is Triple H, the “King of Kings,” and the most dominant WWE wrestler of the last 15 years. Triple H has been dominant because he is a good worker, has strong microphone skills and married Vince McMahon’s daughter Stephanie McMahon. But even without the lifetime job security, Triple H is a legitimate legend whose in-ring work has made stars out of Dave Batista, Randy Orton, Kurt Angle and others. Jones and Triple H will be around for as long as they want to.
Here’s some of the lyrics: Bow down to the, bow down to the King.
Bow down to the, bow down to the King.
The King grinned red as he walked from the blaze,
Where the traitor lost both his name and his face.
Through the halls and the corridors stinging in blood,
He tasted his grin and it tasted good.
The King took his head. Left him broken and dead.
Yep, sounds like Jones.
Robbie Lawler/Edge “Metalingus”
Lawler is the comeback story of the year. Written off in Strikeforce after losing three out of his last four fights, Lawler arrived in the UFC with two spectacular knockouts and a stunning upset of the sport’s biggest rising star, Rory MacDonald. Lawler is proof that no matter how down and out you might be, training, hard work and dedication can turn a life and a career around. No matter what happens when Lawler steps into the cage against Johny Hendricks for the UFC welterweight championship, Lawler has already proved that you are the only one in charge of your destiny. Check out these lyrics:
You think you know me
On this day I see clearly everything has come to life
A bitter place and a broken dream
And we’ll leave it all behind
On this day its so real to me everything has come to life
Another chance to chase a dream
Another chance to feel
Chance to feel alive
Adam Copeland, who went by the ring name “Edge,” also stunned the masses by going from tag team wrestler to WWE Champion. The ring entrance music was perfect for Edge, who made a believer out of cynics and who became a WWE Hall-of-Famer. Lawler has been so impressive in 2013, many people have forgotten that Lawler has been submitted by Jake Shields, Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza, knocked out by Nick Diaz, and lost decisions to Tim Kennedy, Lorenz Larkin and Renato Sobral.