Taishan Dong: 7'0" heavyweight tries out for WWE roleWritten by Leroy Cleveland
On Wednesday, the famed World Wrestling Association (WWE) claimed 39 current and former pro athletes participated in a three-day tryout last week at the WWE Performance Center in Orlando, Florida.
And lo and behold, boxing's undefeated 7'0" heavyweight Taishan Dong (6-0, 3 KO) was one of them.
Will the 29-year-old Chinese citizen, who hasn't fought in nearly two years, hang up the gloves for the wild world of big time wrestling? Let's face it, his chances of becoming a pro wrestling star are greater than becoming a star in boxing.
Dong made his pro debut in Summer 2014 but hasn't been very active, suggesting his handlers might be pessimistic about the probability for Dong's long term success in boxing.
Dubbed 'The Great Wall,' he won that fight via a second round knockout and received more pre and post-fight coverage than the card's headliners which included elite fighters.
Dong was signed by Golden Boy, and while limited in experience, some believed his size combined with what appeared to be natural strength and athleticism would give him a formidable foundation from which to build.
Does Dong have a future in WWE?
Yes - if he's not a stiff.
At a well-muscled 7'0," he's certainly an intimidating individual. Moreover, the pro wrestling organization will likely take into consideration that his Chinese heritage could help bring more Asians fans under the WWE tent.
Other participants looking for WWE roles include former Pittsburgh Steelers and Indianapolis Colts tight end Weslye Saunders, former TNA Impact Wrestling star Madison Rayne, former Minnesota Vikings offensive lineman Jesse Somsel, Australian National Rugby League tough guy Daniel Vidot and former Ring of Honor wrestler Karen Q.
Taishan Dong showing punching power