From Tyson Fury to Floyd Mayweather, 7 Boxers Who Have Wrestled WWE Superstars

Published 04/17/2021, 9:30 PM EDT
YEKATERINBURG, RUSSIA – SEPTEMBER 6, 2018: American professional boxer Mike Tyson during a press conference following a boxing masterclass for RCC Boxing Promotions boxers and children at the Martial Arts Academy established by the Russian Copper Company. Donat Sorokin/TASS (Photo by Donat SorokinTASS via Getty Images)


WWE isn’t reserved only for pro-wrestlers. More often than not, individuals from other industries come over to WWE for special appearances, in-ring debuts, and brief feuds. One of these industries in the boxing industry.

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Over the years, WWE Universe has witnessed several boxers make an appearance. Here are ten boxers who made a huge impact during their time in WWE.

Boxers who made WWE appearances

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Mike Tyson

There’s no need to introduce who he is. Anyone who knows anything about contact-sport has heard Tyson’s name.

And fans of pro wrestling would remember Tyson’s series of WWE appearances several times since 1998. In fact, his appearance on Raw helped the Red Brand dominate WCW’s Monday NITRO.

The brawl between Stone Cold Steve Austin and Tyson on January 19th, 1998 helped put the brand in the limelight. Next, Tyson was the special enforcer in the match between Stone Cold and Shawn Michaels, and the views sky-rocketed!

BEIJING, CHINA – MARCH 01: (CHINA OUT) American former professional boxer Mike Tyson attends premiere of film “Ip Man 3” directed by Wilson Yip on March 1, 2016 in Beijing, China. (Photo by Visual China Group via Getty Images/Visual China Group via Getty Images)

Mr. T

Mr. T came under Vince McMahon’s radar after he appeared as a boxer in Rocky III. WWE brought him in as a partner for Hulk Hogan to face Roddy Piper and Paul Orndorff in the first WrestleMania’s [1985] main event.

WWE inducted him into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2014.

Muhammad Ali

The Greatest of All Time’ had a significant influence over the boxing and the wrestling industry. In fact, he was the special guest referee at WrestleMania 1985. Moreover, he is credited with paving the path for the wrestler vs. boxer scenario.

Tyson Fury

Fury’s WWE appearance is widely remembered for his brawl with Braun Strowman. The Gypsy King and The Monster Among Men started their feud when Strowman threw Dolph Ziggler towards Fury during a SmackDown episode.

After Strowman refused to apologize for this action, the boxer and the wrestler squared off.

WWE gained a huge boost after Tyson Fury’s appearance.

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – SEPTEMBER 11: Tyson Fury’s trainer Ben Davison attends a news conference for the heavyweight fight between Fury and Otto Wallin at MGM Grand Hotel & Casino on September 11, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Fury and Wallin will meet in a heavyweight bout on September 14 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

Floyd Mayweather

Mayweather appeared in a feud against Big Show at WrestleMania 24. It started from No Way Out in 2008 when Mayweather arrived to rescue Rey Mysterio and broke Show’s nose.

At WrestleMania 24, everyone expected the match to be less physical given the difference in sizes. However, it was one of the most entertaining celebrity matches in the event’s history.

Evander HolyfieldHe won the heavyweight boxing championship several times and appeared on WWE when he started a feud with Superstar Matt Hardy.

He replaced MVP, who acted as his manager for that match, to clash with Hardy.

Logan Paul

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This was the most recent appearance. Not only is he a part of the industry,= but also a celebrity on YouTube.

He appeared as an ally for Sami Zayn but turned his back on after Owens defeated Zayn at WrestleMania 37. There’s no word on whether he will return to WWE anytime soon.

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There have been others who have made special appearances or transitioned to WWE from boxing. There is no ounce of doubt that WWE will bring in boxers in the future too!

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Shuvangi Sen Chaudhury

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Shuvangi is a senior WWE and AEW author at EssentiallySports. She has over 1000 published WWE articles and also has experience in content operations with Forbes. Having completed her undergraduation from Royal Holloway, University of London, Shuvangi is closely aligned to the fitness industry, having amateur skills levels in tennis and basketball while rowing at a regatta level.

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