With WWE and UFC under the TKO Holdings Group umbrella, many believed a crossover event between the two companies would be a reality. In light of this, Seth Rollins made some interesting comments recently, to which Booker T shared his thoughts on the matter.

Seth Rollins recently stated that he doubts any UFC star can successfully make the transition to WWE, while specifically mentioning how Ronda Rousey was struggling in a big way.

While speaking on his Hall of Fame podcast, Booker T highlighted the demanding nature of both WWE and UFC, noting that the dedication required for each is unique. He emphasized the mental toughness of professional wrestlers, acknowledging the challenging schedule and travel involved.

You know, Seth is a working man, Seth is doing his job. Okay. I think the UFC fighters go to pretty much say the same thing, perhaps in a different way. But I think the UFC fighter is going to say the same thing in a different way. Because Can we go in to do what the UFC guys do? No, we can’t. No way can we go over there and do what those guys do. It’s very few people in the world who have dedicated their lives to doing nothing but going out there and fighting inside a cage with other men.”


”So that is, you know, the elite guys that do that. The professional wrestler is an elite specimen as well because he’s more of a mental guy. Just like Seth said, you know, to do those small towns, and then to you know, get on a flight to go do TV and then get on another flight to go overseas to do a whole tour to get back, you know, to be ready for Monday Night Raw all over again. It’s the most grueling, the most grinding thing that you’re ever going to do in your life. And you have to be a certain type of individual to be able to do that.”

Booker T underlined the difficulty of transitioning to wrestling, especially for someone like Ronda Rousey with an Olympic judo background. In essence, he portrayed the distinct challenges of these professions and the particular mindset required for success.

”And can imagine Ronda Rousey after going through the life that she had led, being Olympic judo, let’s say she was a kid training since she was a kid, you know, going to the Olympics, just that alone training for that, then coming out and going to the UFC, having that lifestyle and is trying to be a professional wrestler, good God, it is the hardest thing in the world, for a guy that’s coming out of high school that’s 20 years old, fresh, don’t have one bump on his bump card run to get several bumps on a boat. So it’s just a different world, more so than anything.”

WWE is also taking inspiration from the UFC for sports-centric segments. It remains to be seen whether any UFC star will make their way to WWE and end up becoming a major star there.

What do you think of what Booker T had to say? Do you believe he is correct in this regard? Sound off in the comments section below!

Subhojeet Mukherjee

Subhojeet, a professional wrestling fan for over 20+ years, found his passion during the Monday Night Wars. With expertise honed over decades and a broad spectrum of interests including TV, movies, anime, novels, and music, he offers insightful analysis and coverage. Respected in the industry, Subhojeet keeps fans informed and engaged with his knowledge and perspective.

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