As far as wrestling debuts go, Tyson Fury's first WWE match was a roaring success.
The lineal boxing heavyweight champion of the world only started training to be a wrestler two weeks before his October 31 date with destiny at Crown Jewel, but he clearly picked up enough to look competent inside the squared circle.
His opponent on the night - Braun Strowman - was also a novice in wrestling terms, having only started out in wrestling four years ago, but he carried Fury to a match that served its purpose.
The Gypsy King showed his unique athleticism for a big man and proved he could throw it down with a big boot, a drop toe-hold and even a dropkick outside the ring.
Fury was victorious due to a 'knock out punch' - which didn't really KO Strowman, but it put him down outside the ring long enough for a 10-count.
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With the fans in Saudi Arabia responding positively to him, it was job done for Fury, but if WWE followed through with their initial plans for him, he would've been facing someone much scarier than the Monster Among Men.
Dave Meltzer has reported that it was actually Brock Lesnar who Vince McMahon wanted Fury to face at first, but then another man became available.
“According to those internally, Lesnar vs. Fury was discussed but never got past early discussions," Meltzer wrote in the Wrestling Observer Newsletter, per talkSPORT.
"Likely due to Velasquez having the storyline from the past and being the bigger star in the U.S. market, which is WWE’s primary market, and for Saudi Arabia, it wasn’t the matchups that were important as much as delivering matches with Fury and Velasquez.”
Fury v Lesnar would have been extremely interesting, but would Lesnar have done the job for the Brit like Strowman did?
We could still yet find out, as Fury hasn't ruled out returning to wrestling after he's dealt with his huge rematch with Deontay Wilder in February 2020 - so maybe we could see the Beast Incarnate against the Gypsy King at WrestleMania 36!News Now - Sport News