Days after Cain Velasquez made his WWE debut, it appears as if another heavyweight champion is throwing his hat into the ring.
Tyson Fury, the lineal heavyweight boxing champion, took part in several segments on “Raw” on Monday night, furthering a story that started last week with Braun Strowman.
On “Smackdown” last Friday, Strowman taunted Fury, who was seated ringside, causing the boxing star to leap over the barricade and be restrained by WWE security. Shortly after the moment on “Smackdown,” WWE teased that Fury would appear on Monday night and address the storyline incident with Strowman.
Monday’s showdown between Fury and Strowman was teased in two segments earlier on “Raw.” In the first, Fury demanded an apology from Strowman after the “Smackdown” confrontation. In the second, Strowman issued a veiled threat to the 6-foot-9 fighter.
The payoff for the night came during an interview with Fury conducted by Jerry “The King” Lawler, which was interrupted by Strowman.
“Last week I was here minding my own business, Braun he tried to make me look like a fool,” Fury said. “I wound up getting chucked out so I’m here to demand an apology.”
The two men stood toe-to-toe, trading barbs in the middle of the ring before the confrontation turned physical. The chaotic segment, which closed out the show, lasted more than 10 minutes and featured multiple fracases between Fury and Strowman.
While an official match has yet to be made, WWE has a major pay-per-view event later this month, titled “Crown Jewel,” in Saudi Arabia and Fury would be the kind of major draw that those shows have featured in the past.
Like Velasquez, who is reportedly in deep negotiations with WWE, Fury is not signed with Vince McMahon’s company. Fury’s next boxing match will be a rematch against Deontay Wilder in February.
WWE has a long history of involving professional boxers in its storylines and events. Muhammad Ali and Mike Tyson have served as a special guest referees at WrestleMania I and XIV, respectively, while Floyd Mayweather was involved in a match with Big Show at WrestleMania XXIV.
Mayweather also served as a guest host for an episode of “Raw” in 2009.
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