Cain Velasquez talks his future in pro wrestling.
Former UFC Heavyweight Champion Cain Velasquez has had just one pro wrestling match, but he's already caught the bug. Velasquez made his wrestling debut at TripleMania XXVII in a trios match, teaming with Psycho Clown & Cody Rhodes to defeat El Texano Jr, Killer Kross, & Taurus.
Prior to Cain making his official debut in August, he worked at the WWE Performance Center in July 2018, but the two parties never reached a contract agreement.
"The WWE knew I had an interest in actually joining wrestling, but they knew I was still fighting," Velasquez told Ariel Helwani. "They didn't offer me a contract, but they always ask me, 'what do you want to do? Do you want to do a one-off and come in every now and then or be in Orlando and training full-time?' I'm definitely willing to do a lot more. I told them, I'm willing to do it 100% and learn as much as I can."
Velasquez was able to work out a deal with UFC and Lucha Libre AAA that allowed him to fight and then move on to take a pro wrestling match. Cain received rave reviews for his performance with his tag team partner Cody Rhodes saying, "He should not have been that good."
When asked about his pro wrestling future, Velasquez said, "I definitely want to keep wrestling for [AAA] for however long I can. But I would love to wrestle for other places as well. We've been in talks with [WWE]. [Talks] are going pretty good. I've talked to [AEW]. I've talked to [Cody Rhodes] a little bit. I want to talk to him a little more. I think they're doing great things. [AEW] has a good relationship with Triple A as well."
Velasquez also reportedly had an informal meeting with New Japan Pro Wrestling in August. Before he can sign with any other promotion, he is scheduled to work two more dates with AAA. He will be in action this Sunday, Sept. 15, at Invading New York and will then return to the ring on Oct. 13 when AAA invades Los Angeles. He also has three fights left on his UFC deal.
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