Mike Verna Recalls Dropping Weight To Potentially Join WWE, Deciding To Wait For AEW

Mike Verna has found a home for himself in AEW, becoming a regular in 2021.

Before wrestling the likes of Ricky Starks and Proud-N-Powerful on AEW Dark, Verna did consistent extra work in WWE when the company would come to the northeast.

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Speaking on Monday Night Gore, Verna explained how WWE may have been a possibility, but AEW int

"I used to train with Triple H's personal trainer [Joe DeFranco]. He told me if I got down to 205, WWE would want me. I was hesitant because I was like 230, but I was like, 'screw it.' During that time, I did shows with Northeast Wrestling. After a match, Cody and Hangman ran in and fucked us up. After the show, we spoke with Cody and he spoke highly of us. He told us about AEW. I started thinking, 'This sounds cool. This sounds better.' At that time in 2019, I was doing movie work and coaching college baseball. I was like, 'I don't want to give all this up for the WWE life yet.' I held off from telling Joe to reach out to the powers that be, even though I was in the shape I needed to be and ready to go. Something in my gut was telling me to wait," said Verna.

Verna noted he was invited to the first AEW shows as a guest and his goal in 2021 is to be a full-time AEW wrestler.

Verna competed on the February 2 episode of AEW Dark, teaming with Aaron Solow, Baron Black, and Shawn Dean.

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