Before some of you start commenting, Where’s
Ken Shamrock, Dan Severn, Brock Lesnar, Bobby Lashley, CM Punk, Batista or Alberto Del Rio
for that matter? Yes, they are all trained in martial arts and have competed in MMA,
however, we are pretty sure by now that you know that. So in this list we are going to
include some WWE wrestlers that you might be surprised have a background in martial
arts. Number 5 – Rusev If Rusev wasn’t already a big, Bulgarian
Brute there is only more to add with his background in martial arts. Shortly after his debut in
Florida Championship Wrestling, now re-branded into NXT, Rusev tore both his anterior cruciate
ligament and his meniscus. After months of rehabilitation, Rusev made his return and
shortly after suffered a second injury but this time, he broke his neck and temporarily
paralysed one of his arms in the process. While undergoing rehabilitation for the second
time, Rusev travelled to Thailand, where he learned the martial art of Muay Thai, which
focuses on stand-up striking along with clinching techniques. It is no wonder that Rusev has
some deadly kicks incorporated in his move set. Number 4 – Santino Marella Behind his comedic gimmick with a devastating
Cobra Strike finishing move, yes very deadly indeed, Santino Marella actually has a background
in judo. In fact, his early gimmick back in WWE’s developmental territory, OVW, was
“Boris Alexiev”, a Russian mixed martial arts gimmick, who would dominate his opponents
with stiff strikes and submission holds. Prior to his WWE wrestling career, Marella trained
in the original Battle Arts academy in Japan, where he was taught shoot wrestling and a
little bit of mixed martial arts. Following this, he went on to pursue a career in MMA
and claimed to hold a 6-1 record. However, official records only state one match, in
which he lost in just 26 seconds after being knocked out by Takashi Ishino. But we will
just forget about that… Number 3 – Maryse This may come as a surprise to some but Maryse
is actually one tough female you do not want to mess with. She holds a black belt in Kyokushin
Karate, a style of stand-up, full-contact Karate, which she practiced since the age
of eight. She even won her first competition at the age of 12 in Kyokushin Karate. Not
only this but Maryse is also trained in judo and practices kickboxing, which she enjoys
incorporating into her fitness regime as it makes her feel like Lara Croft from Tomb Raider,
according to her. Number 2 – The Undertaker Mean Mark can be mean whenever he wants to
as he is trained in martial arts and kickboxing and has a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Black Belt under
Steve Williams. The Undertaker is an avid fan of MMA and has attended many UFC shows.
In an interview, he even stated that he would have liked to pursue a career in Mixed Martial
Arts had it been more popular in his youth. The Undertaker’s background in martial arts
is the reason why he wears padded fighting gloves to the ring and is a reflection to
why he is known as “The Best Pure Striker In WWE” as Brazilian Jiu Jitsu focuses on
grappling and ground fighting. In addition, his deadly Hell’s Gate submission manoeuvre,
a modified gogoplata, is also inspired by Mixed Martial Arts. Number 1 – Kane Who would have thought that the Big Red Monster
Kane, is trained in martial arts? Kane is trained in mixed martial arts and early in
his wrestling career, he did some shoot style MMA fights in Japan under the company, Fujiwara-Gumi.
You can watch a young Glenn Jacobs grapple around with his opponent and perform lots
of submission manoeuvres. Following this, he went on to appear as Jerry Lawler’s private
dentist, Issac Yankem, which was a tooth-ache of a gimmick…I’m sorry I had to…and
then was introduced as the Big Red Monster gimmick that we love, Kane.


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