WWE’s original plan for Tyson Fury was to face Brock Lesnar – and they still hope to do it

3 Nov

Tyson Fury made his WWE debut at Crown Jewel in Saudi Arabia last Thursday and he picked up a count-out victory over Braun Strowman.

The boxing lineal heavyweight champion of the world followed Muhammad Ali, Mike Tyson and Floyd Mayweather into the world of WWE from boxing and hasn’t ruled out doing it again in the future.

Fury as an honourary Saudi Arabian
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A date with Deontay Wilder for the WBC heavyweight title on February 22 is Fury’s next concern, but if he did return to WWE, there’s a good chance it would be against Brock Lesnar.

According to Dave Meltzer, the original plan for Fury was to face Lesnar at Crown Jewel, but when Cain Velasquez became available, WWE changed its idea.

“According to those internally, Lesnar vs. Fury was discussed but never got past early discussions, 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.”

If that is indeed what happened, it makes sense that WWE would switch gears to Velasquez given his history with Lesnar and indeed, wrestling training.

Brock Lesnar reigned supreme in his rematch with Cain Velasquez
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Crossover stars have largely been successful in WWE and Fury’s appearance went down well with fans, particularly for his willingness to take a lot of Strowman’s arsenal.

While it wasn’t a mat classic, he won a lot of fans’ respect. How would it go against Lesnar though? That’s a problem WWE will have to figure out if they decide to go that route in the future.

Judging by Fury’s words in the past week, he’s almost certain to return at some point.

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