UFC Middleweight star Israel Adesanya recently participated in open workouts, where he showcased some of his pro wrestling acumen.
Adesanya channeled his inner WWE Superstar when he hit Steve Austin’s Stone Cold Stunner, as well as The Rock’s Rock Bottom and People’s Elbow. He followed it up with Booker T’s Spinaroonie and Shawn Michaels’ Kip-Up. Hardcore MMA fans were likely not thrilled by all of this, but WWE fans are undoubtedly happy.
The ironic part about the hate that many UFC followers give WWE is that one company directly adapted from the other. The UFC uses entrance videos, pyro, music and lights. The championship belts are designed like pro wrestling titles and just like WWE, UFC thrives on the charisma and ability of its stars.
The divide may always exist between pro wrestling and Mixed Martial Arts. But Adesanya proved that both sides can come together, if only for a few laughs.
Watch Israel Adesanya bust out the old-school @WWE finishers during #UFC234 open workouts!@steveaustinBSR's "Stone Cold Stunner"
⬇ @TheRock's "People's Elbow"
⬇@BookerT5x's "Spinaroonie" to top it off
— MMAjunkie (@MMAjunkie) February 7, 2019