Dash Dudley isn’t a name that’s well known by most wrestling fans, but it could have been had he taken a different career path.
An article by Detroit News documents how he was once pursuing a wrestling career at Michigan State, but decided instead to become a full-time poker player. It’s a move that has since been justified with a win worth £856,000 in a WSOP tournament in Ohio.
With Dudley making the transition from the squared circle to the poker table with such success, a group of wrestlers also appeared to try their hand with a poker gimmick in TNA. ‘Aces and Eights’ is known as the Dean Man’s Hand and as our article explained they showed up a couple of years ago feuding with Hulk Hogan.
So, with that in mind, we’ve come up with a list of four wrestlers we think could carry their success from the wrestling ring to the poker table.
Flair is a wrestling legend, credited with 16 world title reigns across several promotions including WWE and WCW.
He was a master of self-promotion, one of the best in the business for drumming up interest in his bouts, creating an atmosphere around his rivalries and cutting top quality promos. Self-belief is a big part of poker and Flair could be a master.
In that respect, he’s very much like poker professional Phil Hellmuth, a 13-time World Series of Poker bracelet winner. He too had the knack of building up his games and ensuring maximum exposure for himself.
At Summerslam 1993, Lex Luger was involved in a moment so bizarre it’s still talked about today. He was up against Yokozuna for the WWE belt, a match he won via a count-out. All wrestling aficionados know a belt can’t change hands on a count-out, but Luger celebrated with all his buddies as though he had lifted the gold.
While it might not be the brightest thing he’s ever done, Luger wasn’t exactly known for his intelligence. However, that’s not something he would have to lose sleep over if he crossed over into the world of poker. Fortunately, nowadays there are so many ways to learn the game especially online. The tutorials on partypoker provide detailed lessons on Texas Hold’em that help players learn about the tactics required to play the game. The how to play guides help beginners like Luger get to grips with the heavyweight tasks that lie before them – even if those tasks are as big as Yokozuna.
Punk was a hugely popular wrestler who left the WWE after a much-publicised incident in 2011. An article by Bleacher Report tells how he sat down on an episode of Monday Night Raw and delivered a speech that fans to this day still don’t know the truth about. Was it a work, or was it from the heart?
That level of bluffing would be invaluable around the poker table and would make CM Punk a great card shark.
John Cena would make a great poker player because it is something he does already. He’s admitted to being a fan of the movie Rounders and is known to like a hand or two every now and again.
Cena is adaptable too, he’s one of the few superstars who have managed to change his gimmick with the times and remain relevant and successful. That adaptability would be a big asset to him around a poker table.