Fighters who became Pro Wrestlers and vice versa.

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    In light of all of this Ronda to the WWE talk I thought this would be a fun thread.

    I sincerely commend those who have made the transition from "fake fighting", to actually putting on a pair of gloves and getting hit for real. At the same time I understand why you'd make the jump to Pro Wrestling, inevitably for more money if you've already become a star in the MMA world.

    Some off the top of my head:

    Ken Shamrock
    Daniel Puder
    Alberto del Rio
    Dave Bautista
    Kazushi Sakuraba
    Josh Barnett
    Sean O'Haire
    Bobby Lashley
    CM Punk

    Any examples of MMA fighters turned Pro Wrestlers, or perhaps the other way around?
     
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    Matt Riddle, Tom Lawlor, Bob Sapp, Daisuke Nakamura, Dan Severn, Kendo Kashin, Shayna Baszler, King Mo, Phil Baroni, Seth Petruzelli, Stephan Bonner, Naoya Ogawa, Kazunari Murakami, Ikuhisa Minowa, Minoru Suzuki, Kazuyuki Miyata, Shinya Aoki, Hikaru Sato, Akihiro Mori, Kevin Randleman, Bas Rutten, Alexander Otsuka, Mitsuhisa Sunabe, Mark Coleman, Nobuhiko Takada.
     
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    Tom Lawlor
    Matt Riddle
    Shayna Baszler
     
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    Ah, also the new Japanese girl, Syuri
     
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    Japan is probably full of them
     
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    Coleman, Randleman, Frye, and Bas all did pro wrestling in Japan.
     
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    Your list mainly reads as pro wrestlers who became fighters.
     
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    Few more I thought of: Bam Bam Bigelow, Giant Silva, Jushin Liger, Bart Gunn, Sylvester Terkey, Katsuyori Shibata, Jack Gallagher, Fujita
     
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    Ludvig Broga(wrestled in the early nineties in the WWF) aka Tony Halme fought Couture in Randy's 1st ever UFC fight, I just remember Halme saying how the techniques he likes using is pulling arms out of the socket...and I was like ok...lets see how this works out for him, as this was the 1st time I seen a semi established pro-wrestler in a UFC cage....he got beat in less then a minute if my memory serves me right.

    Halme is also the first fighter from the Nordic countries to ever compete in the UFC, peeps might remember him from that stat

    And the number of fighters turned pro wrestlers is a staggering amount, instead of trying to list them all, I will ask anyone if they remember my beloved Tank Abbot in the Three Count stable, back in WCW, if you don't that is probably a good thing
     
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    All I know is Barnett better stay there
     
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    Not a big wrestling guy but I heard that big cowboy dude who does/Did announcing was involved in some of those bare knuckle dust ups--- dont know his name??
     
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    Bas was a pro wrestler?
     
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    Punk
    O'Haire
    Lashley
    Batista
    even Del Rio were already pro wrestlers b4 any mma fights though? lol
     
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    Actually even Sakuraba was a pro wrestler first lol
     
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    He did some pro wrestling in Japan around 2002 I think.
     
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    I know, I didn't deny that.
     
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