Shelton Benjamin: Right off the bat I'm starting with someone who was not only successful as a wrestler in junior college (winning a National Championship at Lassen Community College) but also was a track junior college National Champion in the 100m.Going 36-6 for the University of Minnesota, he was a 2x All-American heavyweight wrestler. What does put him to the top though in my opinion, is that once he graduated, he also coached and trained with another popular Minnesota wrestler named Brock Lesnar. With that background, I do believe he could one of the most successful wrestlers to transition into MMA.
Good Afternoon folks! On the day of UFC 1 41 (and the return of Brock Lesnar,) a few posts have been seen dedicated to Lesnar's WWE career which made him a star. Upon asking for his release to try his hand in football (then to japan to wrestle again...then to his now MMA career) I figured we can look into who else in the pro wrestling community could end up successful and even a star. Now to be honest, I'll only mention like three or four, and if I somehow get enough good comments (or REC's, whichever,) I will make a second list. Let's start this list after the jump.
Bryan Danielson/Daniel Bryan: Yes, very smark's dream wrestler makes this list as someone who could/would succeed in MMA. Let's go with the negatives first: He doesn't have a wrestling background like some professional wrestlers (Benjamin, Swagger, Lesnar, etc...) He has been in the "business" for almost 15 years, and, since 2009, he has started training at Xtreme Couture. Now for the positives: He purposely moved to Las Vegas in 2009 to start training at Xtreme Couture. When it came to pro wrestling, he learned from the best: William Regal and Masato Tanaka. Also, he developed a love for Puroresu. So it's nice to know he's not afraid to get hurt legitimately .
Jack Swagger: The "All-American American" who was a star wrestler for the University of Oklahoma, who had the record for most pins in a season (with 30,) he is someone who has the background, knowledge, and know-how to succeed. It also helps that he learned from Danny Hodge (famed amateur wrestler, pro wrestler, and boxer.) If he were to quit WWE and fully focus in MMA, I think their is a good chance he could at least reach gate keeper status.
But let me hear from you BloodyElbow nation. Anyone you would like me to write about next? Or even a "Who would end up being the Bobby Lashley of MMA?"