EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - FEBRUARY 16: Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson attends a press conference to announce that MetLife Stadium will host WWE Wrestlemania 29 in 2013 at MetLife Stadium on February 16, 2012 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Michael N. Todaro/Getty Images)
While we MMA fans may be in a bit of a dead season for shows, pro wrestling fans are currently giddy with anticipation. Why? WrestleMania. This Sunday is the WWE's WrestleMania 28, headlined by John Cena vs. The Rock.
On the road to WrestleMania, WWE superstars regularly take to the media circuit to hype up the show, and WWE World Heavyweight Champion Daniel Bryan made an interesting stop on that media tour.
As part of the WWE "Outside the Ring" online series, Bryan recently dropped by the training facility at Xtreme Couture, spending some time grappling with Neal Melanson. Even if you are not a big pro wrestling fan, it's really interesting stuff, with Bryan and Melanson discussing the history of grappling in wrestling, Bryan's own desire to help pro wrestling evolve by incorporating more MMA, and the specific techniques behind the LeBell lock.
I know a lot of MMA fans hate any wrestling connection, but right now, there is a new generation of wrestlers in the WWE who are big fans of MMA and working to close the gap between the two. Both Daniel Bryan and WWE Champion CM Punk are very open about their love of MMA, and both men have spent plenty of time training submission fighting. It might not be enough to get any pro-wrestling haters to tune in to WrestleMania this weekend, but for any long-time fans of both, it's cool to see wrestling starting to take its cues from MMA, rather than just the other way around.
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