Eli Drake is a former WWE developmental talent, but don't look for him to head back any time soon.
During a recent interview with Hidden Remote, the GFW standout was asked about the possibility of him following in the footsteps of Samoa Joe, Eric Young, Bobby Roode and others who made the hop over to NXT. Drake indicated that the door was open, but that he's not ready to walk through it yet.
"I will say it's an option, an option that's been spoken about. Right now, the time is not right and the offer is not right. I'm enjoying where I am and the freedom I have. I'm getting paid at least decently where I am, so I've been enjoying that. There have been options to move on. Without saying too much, nothing that has compelled me enough to leave. Fortunately, I've formed strong relationships within the company I'm in, so who knows what the future holds. At this point, my goal is to make GFW as big as it possibly can be, along with the 30 or 40 people alongside me. I'm not so much focused on competing with WWE, but if we can start to be in the same conversation as far as getting on that level and getting more eyes on us. I'm not worried about going there or anything else like that. To me, a bigger success than going to WWE would be doubling this company's reach, tripling its reach, quadrupling its reach. That would be a bigger success for me than ever going anywhere else. To go from the depths we were at a couple of years ago with people saying we were going out of business and whatnot to bounce back and bring it back up would be much more incredible than anything I can do over there."
Drake said earlier this year that he had once been blacklisted by WWE, but had since restored a positive relationship with the brand. He's been with GFW/TNA/Impact since February of 2015, where he became a King of The Mountain Champion before the title was retired.