Originally Posted by sk double i
They are insanely winded after a couple minutes of throwing each other over their shoulders, which is something they help each other do.
The average pro-wrestler is in tremendous shape all around. They don't get 'insanely winded,' although it often looks that way (they are staging a drama, after all. Rocky gets 'insanely winded,' too). Just watch an iron man match; they keep going and going and going...
That video of kurt angle wrestling was pretty weak because we all know in MMA, the fight would not have ended there.
The video was used to 'prove' Angle's vulnerability in MMA, not his ability. The refs had to rush a 3 count to save Angle from having his shoulder ripped out (he wouldn't have tapped). That video doesn't prove anything either way, though, because Angle was in character, performing, whereas Puder (as he admitted afterwards) was trying to prove a point. One was doing their job as a professional wrestler, the other was trying to get attention to start an MMA career. It really wasn't fair for Angle to be put in that position by McMahon, and it was one of the stupidest mistakes WWE has ever made. If Angle had been beaten/injured by a Tough Enough contestant (so that's where UFC got the idea for TUF...
), it would have seriously hurt his credibility as a performer.
Kurt Angle - great wrestler, has potential to do well in MMA, needs about 3 more years of MMA training (I heard he has been training for a year or two now).
Personally, I think it's way too late for Angle, although, his body may benefit from an MMA schedule. His body is in terrible shape, from all that 'acting.'
People are so proud of knowing wrestling is 'fake,' but they have no idea how hard it is for these 'actors.' Lesnar backed out of a multi-million $ contract because he couldn't handle the travel schedule and the affect the matches were having on his body, so he turned to pro-football.
Now, he's trying MMA, and I think he'll find success there, as long as he can add what's missing to his arsenal as an MMA fighter.
Any idea how much Kurt weighs and who he would be up against if he did enter the octagon?
He's weighed between 220 and 240 lbs. I imagine he'd fight at heavyweight, but I think he could easily make light-heavyweight. I think Ken Shamrock would be a good opponent for him. He's at the twilight of his MMA career, he has history with the WWE, and Angle 'stole' his finishing move. It's a promoter's dream match.