Tyson Fury conquered the boxing world once again on Saturday night to become the heavyweight champion of the world for the second time, but could he attempt to conquer the world of professional wrestling in 2021?
Fury famously tried his hand at the scripted ‘sport’ last year when he performed on a big World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) card in Saudi Arabia, following in the footsteps of the likes of Floyd Mayweather Jr, Evander Holyfield and Ricky Hatton, and ever since that night there has been much speculation that he could make a return to ‘sports entertainment’ down the line.
His rematch with Deontay Wilder meant that any return to wrestling would have to be put on hold for the time being, but throughout the build-up to that huge heavyweight title fight there were reports that WWE supremo Vince McMahon was eager to agree another big-money deal with the boxing star if he successfully toppled Wilder.
Fury did just that on Saturday night as he bullied and battered ‘The Bronze Bomber’ until Wilder’s corner finally threw in the towel in the seventh round, so could a return to the world of WWE be on the cards for ‘The Gypsy King’?
There are no odds available when it comes to a possible WrestleMania 36 appearance in April, but the bookmaker William Hill is not ruling out the chances of him returning to the scripted stage in 2021 and they believe he could do it in one of the most iconic matches – the Royal Rumble.
The Royal Rumble is an hour-long mark that sees a new wrestler enter the ring every couple of minutes and elimination occurs when a competitor is thrown over the top rope and both of his feet touch the arena floor (well, mats around the ring). The winner of that bout goes on to fill the main event of the biggest event of the year, WrestleMania, a couple of months later.
So could Fury take the first steps towards becoming a boxing and wrestling world champion by entering the Royal Rumble next January?
The newly-crowned WBC heavyweight champion is well down the outright betting at this time, but at 50/1 the bookmakers believe he has a better chance of winning the Rumble match next year than former UFC star Matt Riddle and ex-WWE champions like Sheamus and Rey Mysterio.