Along with AEW World Champion Chris Jericho, Jake Hager and Santana & Ortiz, Sammy Guevara is part of the Inner Circle faction in AEW.
Despite being arguably the least well-known person in the group prior to AEW: Dynamite launching on TNT, Guevara has impressed fans with a series of great matches and some brilliant character work in recent months.
However, things seemingly might have turned out very differently for “The Spanish God” if he decided to sign with WWE after a tryout in 2017.
Speaking to the aforementioned Chris Jericho on the Talk is Jericho podcast, Sammy revealed that he attended a tryout for WWE two years ago:
“I did have a WWE tryout in 2017, but I think it was just for me to get into the system. It was definitely a difficult tryout. I was doing a bunch of cardio leading up to that. I had the elevation masks on. They were making us run the ropes, dropping down over bags, high knees holding on to the top ropes. We would do that in 5 different rings, and then line back up and do all sorts of different stuff. William Regal was there; Norman Smiley was there. Ricky Starks was in the tryout as well.”
Guevara would then go into some more detail about why he wasn’t too happy with how he was treated at the tryout. He explained that his experience means he might never want to join WWE:
“I don’t think any wrestler got signed. I think a collegiate wrestler got signed. It felt that if you want to do this for a living f*ck you, but these models, ex-Football players they treated them really good and almost shame on you for actually wanting to be a wrestler.”
“It seemed like when the cameras were on they really played it up. It felt like a whole gimmick to me because everyone was chill until the cameras were on and suddenly they start drilling and yelling at you. I’m like, alright, I see what this is. It definitely opened up my eyes because I wouldn’t want to be there, maybe not ever, but certainly not now just because of the way they treated me. Maybe it’s different now, I don’t know, but during that time I saw that unless I was a somebody it’s going to be hell here.”
Seeing how well he is doing in AEW right now, Guevara is likely elated that he didn’t join WWE two years ago, where he’d be likely doing nothing in NXT or rotting over on 205 Live.