Former UFC Heavyweight Champion Cain Velasquez has opened up about his WWE release that took place in April 2020.
April 2020 was the first batch of the COVID-19-prompted releases and Velasquez was one of the names let go despite his name value and short tenure under contract.
He only wrestled two matches for WWE, the first being a WWE Championship match against Brock Lesnar at Crown Jewel 2019 in Saudi Arabia, and then a house show match in Mexico where he teamed with Humberto Carrillo to beat Karl Anderson and Luke Gallows.
In a new interview with Ariel Helwani, Velasquez said:
“Primarily it was because of COVID. They had to just drop a lot of the roster in order to just keep their core guys in. I just wasn’t developed enough. I really needed to sit down and practice that style of wrestling for a while and develop a lot more. That wasn’t the case, it was more of… I just didn’t get to develop in that way.
“They just didn’t use me. I wasn’t called to go in and have them use me. At one point they told me we were going to do something with the lucha guys and when that time came close, we were deep into COVID and they were like, ‘We’re just doing the shows this way, we just need these core guys’. They just needed me to develop a lot more and I wasn’t there yet. They really couldn’t use me in that way. They weren’t using me enough and they were paying me too much, so they had to let me go. I understand. It’s business.”
Cain Velasquez has been announced for the main event of AAA Regia on December 4, where he will team with Psycho Clown and Pagano against Rey Escorpio, Taurus, and a partner to be announced.
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