Lance Anoa’i, member of the highly respected Anoa’i family, has said he wants to join the likes of Roman Reigns and the Usos in signing with WWE.
The family has been at the forefront of WWE TV as of late, with Jey Uso set to again challenge Reigns for the Universal Championship at Hell in a Cell, this time in an ‘I Quit’ match inside the cell structure itself.
In an interview with POST Wrestling, Anoa’i spoke about working dates for MLW last year as well as an appearance in WWE, saying:
“At the time, it was per-show. I was on vacation and this was the time they were running in Orlando in 2018. I was on vacation and then they hit me up, ‘Hey, you got anything going on?’ And they invited me down and that’s the show I wrestled MJF and man, they liked everything I had and kept inviting me because at the time, back in the day, my dad was basically one of the bookers for MLW so him and Court Bauer who’s the owner, they’re real good friends and Court man, he put a big donation in for my dad’s whole fundraiser and tons of respect for him and I help him with whatever he needs help with, I’m there for him. But yeah, he’s always had my back but the talks were for me to join full-time, but I did put it on hold. I didn’t know what exactly was gonna happen with me and WWE, and they [MLW] offered me a little too many years. I wasn’t ready to commit to [it] at the time. But if it comes around, maybe one day, you’ll see me there full-time. But for the moment, I’m just gonna keep grinding and WWE’s always my goal.”
Anoa’i had worked a match for WWE with Shane McMahon during McMahon’s program with Reigns, and he was hoping WWE would offer him more work and that’s why he wasn’t ready to commit to MLW exclusively. He said:
“For sure, it was difficult [to be in that spot]. It was difficult because like you said, I did that spot and after that, they were talking about bringing me back in for a tag match possibly against Shane [McMahon] and Drew [McIntyre] but I didn’t wanna lock myself in and lose all that opportunity so, that was one big one I just held on but like I told Court, I’m ready. Man, if you’re supposed to keep bringing me in, I’m cool with that also.”
Anoa’i spoke about that match specifically, adding:
“At first, I didn’t know what I was doing. They called me to come and I had no idea what I was there for and then Shane came up to me, he was real cool. We were just talking, rolling around in the ring, eating together in catering, he made me feel comfortable and that’s what I think helped me out a lot. Man, but we performed right after the AEW pay-per-view [Double Or Nothing, 2019]. It was literally right after and man, you start getting the AEW chants and then soon as I hit the dropkick, that’s when the AEW chants stopped and I was like, ‘amn man, I wish I could’ve got more in and kept it going’ but, I just had to go with it.”