Question of credibility

There's no question that performing on the WWE stage does require as much athleticism and know-how as any other active sport. However, there has been a debate for decades as to whether or not Wrestling should have the same credibility as other sports, and fighting disciplines displayed in Mixed Martial Arts, Boxing, etc. Even with in-ring prowess, there's no denying the fact that WWE has always found its niche in storylines and theatrics just as much as the physical element.

While the conversation continues over wrestling being "fake" and what have you, there is certainly not a lot of room for showboating and the above mentioned theatrics once you step into the octagon. While in some ways, comparing UFC to WWE is kind of like comparing apples and oranges, with athletes like Brock Lesnar and now CM Punk making the transition, it isn't surprising that these discussions are being had by loyalists from both camps. And, much like the storylines in both WWE and UFC, they sometimes tend to get a bit heated:

The Tweet above, from Conor McGregor is a recent example of the back and forth that has been going on between MMA and WWE superstars, but, no matter how many Twitter wars occur, the true test comes in the ring, when men from both the MMA and WWE put their money where their mouth is, so to speak.

CM Punk UFC debut falls flat

Joining others like Brock Lesnar who have attempted to transition from the WWE to MMA world, CM Punk is the latest WWE superstar to test his mettle in the octagon -- against Mickey Gall at UFC 203. It's safe to say that there was nothing scripted (or fake) about this encounter, as CM Punk was obliterated in his UFC debut thanks to a rear-naked choke courtesy of Gall. One can only surmise that the sellout crowd was disappointed with the outcome of what can only be called a one-sided bout, as Mickey Gall put an end to the debut storyline of CM Punk in the very first round of the contest.

The Cleveland crowd could only look on as CM Punk was taken down, pounded on the ground, and driven to submission all in the first three minutes of the opening round. While WWE superstars have the choice of playing heel or babyface, there's no denying that CM Punk found himself beneath the heel of a well-oiled Mickey Gall -- and that was all she wrote.

While CM Punk certainly attempted to follow in the footsteps of the much more successful Lesnar, the outcome was certainly not as favorable, as Lesnar's recent win against Mark Hunt at UFC 200 is clearly on the opposite end of the spectrum in comparison to CM's loss.

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