New Japan Pro Wrestling star Jeff Cobb has confirmed that WWE offered him a contract last year.
Cobb became a free-agent in early 2020, before signing with NJPW in the September. On the All Real Wrestling Podcast, Cobb revealed that he was offered ‘great money’ by WWE while he was a free agent.
Feeling at home in New Japan, Cobb said:
“I did get contract offers from other places but at the end of the day, it was — you know like — I mean WWE offered me a contract,” Jeff Cobb revealed. “Great money but, at the end of the day, you know, it’s — money is gonna make a lot of your problems go away but at the end of the day, money won’t make you happy so I wanted to work somewhere where I felt like I fit in more and I would’ve been happy.
“You know, if I went to WWE, I wouldn’t be able to do a random indie booking if I wanted to if I was off that weekend or something. New Japan, I love Japan. The culture is amazing out there and the style of wrestling, like you mentioned, I definitely feel like I fit better in and I felt at the time, you know, New Japan was gonna be my home and it is my home.
“That’s not to take anything away from other companies that offered me contracts. But because I am with New Japan and with this quote-unquote forbidden door, you know, I’m still able to pop up on like an AEW or a Ring of Honor or MLW or IMPACT if the time’s right so, I felt like I made the right choice.”
Cobb notably had a try-out at the WWE Performance Center in 2014. On a 2019 episode of Talk is Jericho, Cobb recalled being listed as an ‘indie wrestler’ opposed to ‘athlete’ in the try-out, despite representing Guam at the 2004 Olympic Games in amateur wrestling.
Cobb recently had an impressive showing in the G1 Climax tournament, defeating everybody in the B-Block other than Kazuchika Okada.
Quote via POST Wrestling.
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