Two big names in the fighting world are set to make their WWE debut during the Crown Jewel event in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia at the end of this month.
MMA heavyweight Cain Velasquez will meet Brock Lesnar while Lineal Heavyweight Boxing Champion Tyson Fury will be squaring off against Braun Strowman.
While Velasquez has officially retired from UFC and signed with the WWE, Fury’s match looks to be a one-off.
Frank Warren, who is Fury’s promoter, talked to Metro.co.uk about Fury’s involvement with WWE and the upcoming match at Crown Jewel.
According to Warren, he would have preferred if Fury had not agreed to a WWE match due to health concerns.
During Fury’s last boxing match against Otto Wallin early this month, he suffered two bad cuts over his right eye. The cuts needed 47 stitches to close and there is some concern that the injury could be aggravated in the match with Strowman.
“I don’t like the risk of his cut opening up,” said Warren before admitting that he didn’t really see any way to stop his client.
“Tyson’s a law unto himself. It’s risky though, no doubt about that,” he continued. “In an ideal world I’d prefer he didn’t do it, but it’s all about the bigger picture for him. He’s a natural wrestling star.”
Warren did admit that Fury’s appearances in WWE and the buzz it’s been generating is good for Fury’s profile and even for both the boxing and pro wrestling worlds.
“His profile gets bigger every time and he’s doing us promoters a real favor by going on WWE,” he said.
After his match with Stowman, Fury will be heading back to the boxing ring. He’s expected to fight Deontay Wilder in 2020. This will be a rematch from the fight the two had back in December 2018.