Woodley Discusses WWE Training Camp Experience: ‘It Hurts’

Former UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley has a message for those who downplay the physical demands of pro wrestling: “It hurts.”

Although radically different in the form of entertainment they both provide, there has always been some form of string connecting professional wrestling and mixed martial arts, whether through the former heavyweight champion’s prominent transitions UFC heavyweight Brock Lesnar between the Octagon and the ring, or the less successful business. in MMA from CM Punk.

While Matt Riddle and Shayna Baszler, who both competed in the UFC, traded fighting for sports entertainment, MMA trailblazer Ronda Rousey is perhaps the most notable to do so.

The former women’s bantamweight queen is currently on her second stint between the ropes, as WWE SmackDown Women’s Champion.

Another former UFC champion who could join “Rowdy” on the WWE books is Woodley, who left the MMA frontman last year after four straight losses.

While he tried his hand at boxing, which resulted in back-to-back losses to YouTube star Jake Paul, Woodley is also targeting other sports, including Muay Thai and professional wrestling, which he already has a forward. -taste.

During an appearance on The residency podcast“The Chosen One” admitted he was open to a future pro wrestling venture and also opened up about his experience attending a WWE training camp a few years ago.

It’s safe to say that Woodley physically learned the industry the hard way…

“Yeah, I did a little WWE training camp. This shit hurt my back like a motherfucker,” Woodley said. “Hey let those mother*ckers who think it’s nice in WWE to get out of their tight ropes. Those ropes are gonna burn your back, neck, then my legs, I’m not 6 foot 2, so for cross the mother until the perfect moment… ‘Oh, I have a clothesline out of the blue!’ That shit hurts.

“And you get hit. When you hit the ground, I’m like, ‘Damn, I thought there was a microphone down there to make a lot of noise.’ No, you hit that motherfucker. Kudos to pro wrestlers,” Woodley added.

Woodley received praise from Triple H

While it might take a while for mixed martial artists to get comfortable with the different workings of pro wrestling versus sparring, there is perhaps one thing the two have in common: the language of trash.

Selling a match is important for storytelling in WWE, but it’s equally vital in attracting pay-per-view buys for the UFC, which often leads to heated exchanges. The rise of UFC 272, for example, saw Colby Covington direct personal insults at his opponent Jorge Masvidal.

After sending his fair share of trash talk to his opponents, Woodley apparently had no problem with the WWE microphone in his hand, and even drew praise from legendary figure Paul Levesque, aka Triple H.

“They said, ‘Are you done? Alright, let’s do a promo.’ So they all sit down and I’m like, ‘Fuck, is this a promo?’ I didn’t mean I didn’t know what it was,” Woodley said. “But then it kind of led me to believe that I just needed to talk some shit. Then I did [LAUGHS]. Triple H said, ‘Dawg, he’s ready, I love that mother *cker.’ “

Considering Levesque’s instrumental role in shaping the next generation of pro wrestlers, that’s certainly high praise for Woodley. Maybe we’ll see another former UFC champion inside the squared circle sooner rather than later.

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Kristen T. Prall