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The 7 - Pro Wrestling - Cael Sanderson WWF Bound?
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#1 Posted on 29.3.02 1309.25
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Sanderson as you may know went as a 4 year NCAA Champ. from Iowa State with a 159-0 record.

Will the WWF go after him, or do you think Cael would rather Olympic Gold in 2004?

I would pay to see a Sanderson vs Angle match.
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#2 Posted on 29.3.02 1322.40
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Nah, he's a cruiserweight. The WWF wouldn't do anything with him if he signed the contract. As I've said before, I'd LOVE it if the WWF proved me wrong, but I think Cael would be better off going to the olympics, then to Japan for the pro wrestling career. He'd get a similar paycheck and much more respect from the audience.
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#3 Posted on 29.3.02 1340.01
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Kurt Angle was a light weight?

I also think his 159-0 tops Goldberg also.
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#4 Posted on 29.3.02 1432.36
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Kurt Angle was a heavyweight, well, over 215 anyway (I think). Cael is about 185-190. Look at the WWF's record with cruiserweights. It sucks, plain and simple. They don't get any real chance to shine, and they have to either put on 20 pounds of performance-enhanced muscle or be GOLD on the mic to get McMahon to acknowledge their existence.

As somebody who digs the amateurs and shoot style wrestling, I think Cael would get a chance to truly shine outside the U.S. AFTER the olympics, that is! I mean, he couldn't have cone through all that work to let it end here.

Now, a Cael-Kurt match? I'd pay to see the SHOOT match, not the WWF one. You just KNOW that match could get ugly.

"I was undefeated all through college!"
"Olympic GOLD medalist, BITCH!"
"Whatever, I'll still kick yer ass!"
"Your foot can't REACH my ass!"
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#5 Posted on 29.3.02 1619.13
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    Originally posted by EastCoastAvenger
    Cael is about 185-190.


Sanderson weighed in at 201 lbs, I believe, for his final match.

If he went pro, the angle would have to be "I've never lost." And I can only imagine what would happen when someone was finally booked to pin him.
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#6 Posted on 29.3.02 1933.57
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instant gimmick that came to my mind about Cael is setting him up like the new Mr. Perfect.
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#7 Posted on 29.3.02 2001.12
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couldn't he do the bret hart/HBK thing? neither one was a "heavyweight" but sure had killer movesets and could both work...

it's all in the attitude and presentation...
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#8 Posted on 29.3.02 2353.29
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Well he's already said himself that he wants to wrestle in the Olympics.
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#9 Posted on 30.3.02 0008.19
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Sanderson put on A LOT of weight (for the amateur ranks, at any rate) to compete at the 185-190 weight this season, and was still a step faster than his heavier opponents. I heard an interview he did on ESPN Radio after the match and he was actually talking about dropping back down in class to compete in the Olympics. He felt more comfortable at a lighter weight. So I doubt that he'd have enough size for a viable look on the pro level.

I don't doubt that the WWF could come up with a lot of great angles centered around the (real) "Streak" but he doesn't have the look needed for pro wrestling fans to believe he's got the goods. You (or the sheep, at least) inherently believed that someone such as Goldberg could beat 179 people in a row because he just looked like a badass. Sanderson doesn't have that going, no matter how many amateur matches he won.

Honestly, I don't think a large majority of professional wrestling fans give a damn about amateur wrestling. They might take in a match or three before getting bored. They're conditioned to see excitement, transitions, high risk maneuvers and ultimately, pinfalls. Amateur wrestling has its own brand of excitement but it's not anything like what you see on Monday nights.

Remember, Kurt Angle's gold medal was a nice starting point for his WWF career. But it's really nothing more than a prop. Kurt got over because of his in-ring ability, his fantastic promos, and his believability as an ass-kicker. Sure, he wasn't some jacked up gym stud but he had enough muscle mass that you didn't think "Brooklyn Brawler" when you looked at him.
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#10 Posted on 30.3.02 1521.20
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Actually now that I brought this up, Sanderson should wait for the WWF till he gets the Gold in 2004. Then I would like to see Sanderson and Angle go at it. The WWF may actualy have a storyline here.
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#11 Posted on 30.3.02 1544.13
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    Originally posted by Flash
    Sanderson put on A LOT of weight (for the amateur ranks, at any rate) to compete at the 185-190 weight this season, and was still a step faster than his heavier opponents. I heard an interview he did on ESPN Radio after the match and he was actually talking about dropping back down in class to compete in the Olympics. He felt more comfortable at a lighter weight. So I doubt that he'd have enough size for a viable look on the pro level.


In Japan, guys like Kawada and Misawa competed in amateur wrestling at well below 200 pound weight classes... and they gained the needed size... gaining muscle mass for an athlete of that caliber (and I assume he's lean because that's what wrestlers are, haven't seen him), when training for mass and not just strength, shouldn't be TOO difficult to do without the juice... to a certain degree, of course.

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#12 Posted on 30.3.02 1827.14
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    Originally posted by Flash


    Remember, Kurt Angle's gold medal was a nice starting point for his WWF career. But it's really nothing more than a prop. Kurt got over because of his in-ring ability, his fantastic promos, and his believability as an ass-kicker. Sure, he wasn't some jacked up gym stud but he had enough muscle mass that you didn't think "Brooklyn Brawler" when you looked at him.



Let's not forget that Kurt spent over a year in the Memphis developmentals before jumping into the WWF. His gold medal didn't really get him any major TV time until the federation decided he was ready. And since then he has ran with the ball.

Cael is a great wrestler, but in these days it's such a small part of the professional wrestling industry :/.
If he does become a pro, I don't think he'll be the next Kurt Angle,then again he won't be the next Dan Severn either.
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