Tyson Fury will make his WWE bow on Thursday in Saudi Arabia at Crown Jewel.
Not many people saw this coming a month ago with a WBC heavyweight title fight in early 2020 against Deontay Wilder on the horizon.
However, the Gypsy King is now dipping his toes into the world of professional wrestling the same way greats like Muhammad Ali, Mike Tyson and Floyd Mayweather have.
Fury will face off against Braun Strowman – all 6ft 8in and 380lbs of him – on Thursday and many have criticised him for straying into the ‘fake’ world of Seth Rollins, Roman Reigns and Becky Lynch.
But Fury says it is anything but fake.
talkSPORT caught up with the lineal heavyweight champion of the world ahead of his wrestling debut in London and he explained why people have wrestling all wrong.
“Oh, definitely [the bumps hurt]. It’s definitely not fake. I’ve got an injured shoulder, an injured ankle and my back’s killing me. And I ain’t trained for wrestling for [more than] a week. So, it’s definitely not fake.
“You take more impact training for wrestling or a wrestling fight than you ever would in a boxing ring,” said Fury.
But how was his first bump? A bump is what the wrestling industry labels hitting the mat. One of the first basic ‘bumps’ anyone would learn is a flat-back bump, which is exactly as it says on the tin and fans got to see Fury in action during a training session that was interrupted by Strowman.
Fury says the wrestling ring has hurt him more than boxing ever has.
“It was… different because I’ve never taken a bump before. It’s unnatural falling back on your back and not protecting yourself. Your natural instinct is to put your hands down and not land on your back, but with them they just go bang! Fall back.
“And if you’re not careful, you can break your neck or give yourself some serious damage. You know, a lot of guys in the WWE, they’ve had neck injuries, spinal injuries, so there you go.”
Tyson Fury will face Braun Strowman at WWE Crown Jewel on Thursday 31st October, live on WWE Network and Sky Sports Box Office