Cain Velasquez only made a handful of appearances in WWE, but he'll forever be the answer to the trivia question, "Who closed the first episode of SmackDown on FOX?"
Velasquez had signed a three-year deal with WWE, but was released last month as part of the company-wide cutbacks. Velasquez' run in WWE wasn't memorable as he wrestled just one televised match, losing quickly to Brock Lesnar at WWE Crown Jewel 2019.
Speaking to Sports Illustrated, Velasquez' friend and training partner Daniel Cormier gave his thoughts on Cain's WWE departure.
“It makes me sad for Cain,” said Cormier. “I know how much he enjoys wrestling. I know that he’s going to land on his feet. There is no person in the world I am more confident that will come out of whatever situation in a positive light than Cain Velasquez. You have to take what’s happening right now with any moves companies or organizations make for what they are. We’re in a worldwide pandemic. It’s not normal, it’s not something any of us have ever seen before. So to say that it would make you only want to do a one-off as opposed to a contract? I think that’s a little much. Everybody’s doing exactly what they’re doing because of the pandemic.”
Cormier has expressed interest in WWE in the past and has nearly worked with WWE on a number of occasions in the past. You can find Cormier's history with WWE by clicking here.