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BS - Haku made a rep beating up drunks at bars that are smaller than him.
Don Frye is a real tough guy
Pro wrasslin fight stories are all BS
The truth can usually be found as a grey area between extremes.
Your statement that ""Pro wrasslin fight stories are all BS"" represents one of those extremes.
Pro wrestling was a big part of the influence and evolution of MMA, and plenty pro wrestlers had a real wrestling background as well.
That doesn't mean they could all be MMA champions -- but a person who doesn't necessarily fall into that category -- can still very much be a "legit tough guy".
Some guys just have that vibe.
Your instincts tell you that they would be more than a handful -- and depending on your life experience regarding such things -- most of the time those instincts are probably correct.
I have met Don Frye.
Shook his hand.
Drank beers with him.
I'm here to tell you... that is a man who would have been very dangerous, even if he never trained a day in his life.
Just because most pro wrestlers aren't pro fighters... doesn't mean they aren't tough and dangerous.
These guys make their living throwing other bug/string guys around, and getting thrown around themselves.
They understand what it takes to hurt somebody, because they have to know exactly how to not hurt somebody.
To say they know how to "throw their weight around", would be an understatement.
Your average pro wrestler, would be an absolute nightmare for for most guys guys in a real fight -- no doubt.
So if there is one that tends to stand out among them, by reputation -- it's a good bet there is some real truth to it.
Doesn't mean they could step into a cage and beat a prime Ken Shamrock, Don Frye, or Brock Lesnar under MMA rules.
But... they could probably step into your local bar and out you and 2 of your buddies in the hospital.
There are levels to everything.