In 2014 we saw the professional debut of Chinese giant Taishan Dong (6-0, 3) [董泰山], who became one of the highest profile fighters from Asia almost over-night, with his promotional team doing an amazing job in promoting hims. Sadly that publicity far out did Don'g boxing talent, and it wasn't long until fans realised that the 7' Chinese fighter really couldn't box. He was huge, in good shape and had the look of a monster, but was slow, lacked boxing IQ an really didn't have the power or speed to compete above the club scene level.
With his lack of development he fell from a potential star to more of a curiousity act, a fighter who people watched due to his unique look, rather than his actual talent and promise. It seemed like every was aware of it, including the fighter himself, who had reportedly requested his release from Golden Boy Promotions back in 2016, after having last fought in December 2015.
Following his request to be released he vanished. No one from China or the West seemed to know where he had gone and the biggest man in Chinese boxing literally disappeared almost over-night.
Now it seems like Taishan is ready to return to the spot, albeit in a different career.
Rather than stay with boxing the "Great Wall" is now turning his hand to professional wrestling, and recently began a WWE try out at the well established WWE Performance Center.
It's well known that "Vince Mcmahon likes big sweaty men" and Taishan would be among the biggest, with a very unique look and back story which could make him a potential star in the world of professional wrestling. Though given the lack of athletic ability he showed as a boxer, the career path might have the same lack of success that his boxing career had.
Whilst we do wish Taishan the best, we do wonder if his potential is already too limited to be a star in the WWE, though it is nice to see him return from the void and show that he is still getting on with life, despite his bizarre vanishing act.
(Image courtesy of WWE.com)
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