Josh Barnett, a former UFC champion known for bridging the worlds of MMA and professional wrestling through his annual Bloodsport events, made notable appearance at AEW WrestleDream. In a singles match against Claudio Castagnoli, Barnett showcased his unique blend of skills, adding to the crossover appeal between MMA and wrestling.

Speaking on the Jaxxon Podcast with Quinton ‘Rampage’ Jackson, Barnett shared his thoughts on the experience and revealed that there were actually expanded plans for a collaboration with AEW.

“It was fun. Mainly, I was just there because the event was announced to take place in Seattle as an Antonio Inoki tribute show. Although it didn’t fully live up to that billing, the chaotic nature of these events makes it hard to manage everything.”

“So I reached out to them and said, ‘If you’re going to have an Inoki tribute show and don’t include Inoki’s top student from Seattle, that’s just not right.’ We managed to put something together. While there were plans for more, it ultimately ended up being a single match with Claudio [Castagnoli], which was a fantastic experience. I wanted to get out there and see what they had to offer.”


In addition to his AEW appearance, Barnett continued his Bloodsport legacy by taking the event to Japan for Bloodsport Bushido, where he faced Jon Moxley, further cementing his role in blending MMA with professional wrestling.

What are your thoughts on Josh Barnett’s recent appearance at AEW WrestleDream and his unique blend of MMA and professional wrestling? How do you feel about the potential for further collaborations between Barnett and AEW? Share your thoughts and excitement in the comments below!

Steve Carrier

Steve is the Founder of RingsideNews. He has been writing about professional wrestling since 1996. He first got into website development at the time and has been focusing on bringing his readers the best professional wrestling news at it's highest quality.

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