In a captivating interview with Ariel Helwani on the MMA Hour, UFC Hall of Famer Daniel Cormier opened up about his deep-seated passion for professional wrestling. Known for his remarkable career as a light heavyweight and heavyweight champion, Cormier's insights into the wrestling world carry a special weight.
In a surprising revelation, Cormier declared current WWE Intercontinental Champion GUNTHER as his favorite wrestler of all time. This admiration places GUNTHER above the likes of wrestling icons like 'Macho Man' Randy Savage and 'The Visionary' Seth Rollins in Cormier's esteem.
"My boy Gunther, he’s just exceptional," Cormier expressed with genuine enthusiasm. "He's now my top favorite, even surpassing Macho Man. I have a lot of respect for Seth, but Gunther's approach to wrestling... it's just incredible." Cormier's preference leans towards a more traditional wrestling style, evident in his criticism of the excessive use of acrobatics in matches.
Reflecting on a past altercation with Cody Rhodes and the Young Bucks, Cormier shared his frustration with their over-reliance on flips. "I remember telling them, 'What about the classic moves like a bodyslam, or a splash?'" This preference underscores why GUNTHER, with his signature moves like the sleeper hold, powerbomb, and top-rope splash, resonates so deeply with Cormier.
Cormier's Wrestling Insights
GUNTHER's recent achievement as the longest-reigning WWE Intercontinental Champion, surpassing the record held by the legendary Honky Tonk Man, only adds to Cormier's admiration. Cormier also discussed the potential return of Mercedes Moné (formerly known as Sasha Banks) to WWE, drawing parallels with CM Punk's recent comeback.
He opined that Moné's trajectory might mirror Punk's, marking a significant return to WWE in the future. This interview not only highlights Cormier's love for professional wrestling but also offers a unique perspective on the current landscape of the sport.
His insights, coming from a celebrated mixed martial artist, underscore the ever-evolving nature of professional wrestling and its enduring appeal across different combat sports.