How many times have you watched a wrestling match and thought "there's no way he'd lose that in real life". Or you're left wondering why someone happily walks straight into a steel chair shot. Or conveniently takes a hit, stumbles three or four steps forward and then slumps onto a table. It'd be great to remove the theatrics and the script and just let these guys go at it every once in a while to prove who was best.
Well here's what would happen if they did. We've put together a collection of fights we'd like to see in real life. Some of these have spent years dueling with each other in professional wrestling. Others are match ups we'd love to see happen for real.
A few things to note here. Firstly, imagine that each wrestler is in their prime. There's no point putting Ric Flair of today up against Seth Rollins. Flair will be 70 in a few years while Rollins is in the prime of his career now, albeit on the sidelines temporarily with a knee injury. Take the Flair of 25 to 30 years ago though, and you'd have a much fairer fight. Also, there isn't going to be a whole lot of wrestling in a good old fashioned street brawl. You can have the cleanest move set in the world, but that's not going to help you too much when the other guy starts beating you senseless if you decide it's time for a choke slam.
One final thing to consider, size does matter in a real fight, but it's not the be all and end all. There's more to beating up on someone than just claiming an advantage of a few pounds and an extra inch or two of reach. In saying that, we've tried to make these match ups as physically fair as possible so don't expect to see Spike Dudley squaring off against Yokozuna.
15 Kevin Nash vs. Randy Savage
This was always a match worth watching when they used to square off in WCW days throughout their on again off again friendship. Both were excellent wrestlers who could make the ring shake. Savage was only born seven years before Nash but had been wrestling 17 years when Nash made his debut. Despite his ring experience though, Nash would have him in a good old fashioned street brawl.
For starters he has a substantial height and reach advantage over Savage. Plus he served two years for the 202nd Military Police Company in a NATO facility. He also worked as the floor manager in a strip club before turning to wrestling. We're tipping he'd be very hard to beat in a real fight.
14 Lita vs. Trish Stratus
These two ladies ushered in the original diva revolution in WWE, taking the battle for the Women's Championship to an entirely new level. So good were these two in the ring, they were even given a main event slot on Raw. Who could forget Lita's botched suicide dive, then her modified Twist of Fate and epic Moonsault to win the match? They both enjoyed their share of the spoils during a long rivalry, Trish Stratus retiring a seven time champion while Lita won the belt for times.
Don't let the count fool you though. If these two squared off for real, Lita would just edge it. She's that little bit more athletic, a little quicker and has a bit more technical quality. Plus she's willing to put her body on the line a bit more to get the job done.
13 Triple H vs. Mick Foley
These two feuded multiple times during the Attitude Era. Triple H was the more successful wrestler, but here's the thing about Mick Foley. He's a brawler pure and simple, and he'll just keep coming back for more. He'll break bones, fall from the top of cages, shower himself in thumb tacks, and still get up laughing. Triple H has the speed and the intensity to knock Foley down before he's even worn a punch himself, but it'd take a hell of a lot more than that.
In fact Foley would probably cop a bit of early punishment as a way of getting himself into the fight. Eventually he'll land a few savage blows of his own and start to take control. Sorry Triple H, there aren't many out there who could beat Foley if it was serious.
12 Big Show vs. Yokozuna
Not many wrestlers would beat the Big Show in a real fight. He's the biggest superstar in WWE and at his peak tipped the scales to around 500 lbs. But there's one man who'd be too much even for the Big Show. Yokozuna weighed upwards of 600 pounds in the latter stages of his career, and has a much lower center of gravity. While the Big Show would put up a solid fight, Yokozuna would simply present too immovable an object.
After absorbing some initial punishment, Yokozuna would knock the Big Show off his feet and that would be that. He could even unmercifully throw in a Banzai Drop to finish things off, although we're tipping the Big Show would wisely concede before it came to that.
11 The Dudley Boyz vs. The Hardy Boyz vs. Edge and Christian
These three tag teams made the tables, ladders and chairs match their own in some of the best contests we've seen in the WWE. But what if it was real life? Well it's an interesting one. Take the tables out of the equation, and the Dudley Boyz aren't quite as effective, although their size would given them an inherent advantage. That probably works against them here though because their opponents are all lightning quick.
The Hardy Boyz are flashy and very good together, but perhaps a fraction flimsy in a real fight like this.
That leaves Edge and Christian, and they just take this one. They're both multiple world champions and smart enough to think their way through the contest. Edge's presence in particular would be crucial here. If they can just avoid a Bubba Ray right hand they'll be alright.
10 Seth Rollins vs. Roman Reigns
These two used to be buddies and even won the WWE Tag Team Championship together before Rollins stabbed Reigns in the back. Reigns recently became number one contender for Rollins' World Heavyweight Championship before the latter injured his knee in Dublin earlier this month. Reigns now hopes to win the vacated title at Survivor Series.
Rollins versus Reigns would be an awesome fight to watch. They're both excellent athletes and what Rollins lacks in size he makes up for in stamina. Reigns would have to end this quickly or Rollins will slowly gain the upper hand. But Reigns has more to prove. Rollins may be the better pro wrestler, certainly at this point, but in a real fight we think Reigns' size advantage gives him the edge.
9 Scott Steiner vs. Bill Goldberg
This could've been one of the great rivalries of the last 20 years but it never really took off like it could have. They were without doubt two of the strongest WCW superstars of all time and they shared some memorable moments in the ring together. Talk about a couple of rippling physiques squaring off. Goldberg enjoys a slight size advantage here, and boasts one of the highest intensity levels we've seen in pro wrestling. Steiner has the bulging biceps but they'll only hold Goldberg back for so long. Goldberg takes the cake here, but not before a long and bruising battle.
8 Rey Mysterio vs. Eddie Guerrero
Possibly the two best cruiserweights we've seen in the world of pro wrestling. After both professionally wrestling in Mexico these two started feuding in WCW and it continued on into the WWE once Mysterio joined the company in 2002. It'd be interesting to see how a real fight between these two would play out. Guerrero would have had about a 50 pound weight advantage and that's a fair swing in something like this. But Mysterio is lightning quick, even faster than Guerrero, and you can just imagine him ducking and weaving among a flurry of punches. His best bet would be a flying kick aimed at Guerrero's head.
The problem is it's a pretty low percentage move in a street fight and a mistake would tip the balance in Guerrero's favor. Plus we know Guerrero would eventually just resort to any dirty tactic to secure victory. As good as Mysterio is in the ring, Guerrero would have him on the street.
7 Randy Orton vs. John Cena
One of the best and most heated rivalries of the last decade. They weigh roughly the same these two, but Orton enjoys a four inch height advantage. Both have enjoyed stellar careers in the WWE, and there isn't much between them in the ring. Toe to toe in real life, none of that WWE history matters anyway. Cena played football in college and would have learned a few things there about looking after himself. But here's the clincher. Randy Orton spent a year in the US Marine Corps before an early discharge steered him back on the course of pro wrestling. And you don't ever want to mess with a marine, even if you're John Cena.
6 Hulk Hogan vs. Andre The Giant
Sorry Hulk... in real life, this would be no contest. When Hulk Hogan started out, Andre The Giant used to beat the crap out of him in the ring. Then Andre played a major role in putting Hulk over as the next big star in WWE. At WrestleMania he even let Hulk bodyslam him before taking a leg drop and finally the pin fall. But let's be serious for a minute. Andre outweighed Hulk by at least 200 pounds and was possibly the strongest wrestler to ever set foot in that squared circle. Apparently he was even capable of tipping cars over with his bare hands. A real fight between these two would probably go for a while, but that'd be due to Andre playing with his prey. He'd finish it whenever he wanted to and Hulk wouldn't stand a chance.
5 Ric Flair vs. Sting
This pair enjoyed a lengthy rivalry in WCW and fought out the last ever main event on Nitro in March, 2001. Flair is 10 years older than Sting, so we need to assume these two square off at the peak of their powers. That's probably late 80s and early 90s for Flair, and most of the 90s for Sting. On the surface it looks like Sting would have this one. He's bigger yet still agile enough to keep himself out of trouble, but I just can't overlook Flair's experience.
He's fought everyone over the years in all kinds of matches, and built up a handy little bag of tricks in that time, tricks that would be very handy in a street fight. Sting might be the better brawler, but Flair knows how to win a fight. This would be well worth watching, with the Nature Boy narrowly coming out on top.
4 Kane vs. The Undertaker
Now here's a match up. The kayfabe brothers with Kane standing at seven foot, and The Undertaker not too far behind. They've teamed up and feuded multiple times in the WWE, but what if they went toe to toe for real? On the surface it looks a pretty even contest, but when you break it down there's only really going to be one real winner here. One brother is a little bit faster, a little bit tougher, and a lot more experienced on the big stage.
More importantly, in real life, The Undertaker grew up with four older brothers. Before he ever became a wrestler, he knew how to look after himself. Who knows he might even set Kane on fire, like he apparently did when they were younger.
3 Bret Hart vs. Shawn Michaels
Now here's a real fight every wrestling fan is just dying to see. One of the flashiest, charismatic and most stylish wrestlers we've ever seen against one of the most technically gifted. This would obviously would have to have taken place when the two were bitter enemies. As we know, these two were once bitter enemies and, they did in fact tussle backstage in 1997. In the end, Hart got a piece of HBK's hair, but the two were pulled apart rather quickly.
If others hadn't broken them up, how would a brawl between these two have played out? They look fairly evenly matched, and HBK would be damn hard to lay a finger on. But Hart's a super athlete, and as long as he kept his chin well clear of Michaels' boots, he'd eventually wear him down. If this is taking place in the heat of their feud, Hart has a little more fire for revenge, making him the victor.
2 Brock Lesnar vs. Kurt Angle
Big clash of styles here between two athletes who are far more than your average professional wrestler. Lesnar's a former UFC Heavyweight champion, while Angle won a wrestling gold medal at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics. Let's assume Angle's at the peak of his powers with no lingering neck injuries to worry about. And let's assume Lesnar is himself. In the interest of romance, I'd like to say these two would be at it for a while and it'd be a brawl for the ages pitting the technically sublime Angle against the mountain of raw muscle.
Like Hart and Michaels, these two also tussled, but it was more for bragging rights and in the interest of friendly competition. Angle won that bout, but it was a straight up grappling contest. Throw in strikes and it's a completely different story. Lesnar is just too powerful, and his right hands are just too devastating. Angle would put up a valiant fight, but Lesnar would be too much.
1 Stone Cold vs. The Rock
Possibly the best wrestling rivalry of all time, certainly over the last two decades. Both had success against the other in the ring, and this would certainly be an enthralling street fight. One's the most electrifying man in sports entertainment who oozes style. The other, the Texas rattlesnake and a brawler in every sense of the word. I think Stone Cold is too good in this environment. He's a pure street fighter, he doesn't bother being too fancy in the ring he just delivers stinging right hands then stomps a mudhole and walks it dry. He'd fight dirty if it meant winning this too.
The Rock is the better athlete, but in a street fight, we're going with the blue collar Texan. Stone Cold loves nothing more than proving he's the best, and that motivation gets him over the line here.
WINNER: Stone Cold
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