Speaking with Fightful Select, Beer City Bruiser made the revelation, noting that WWE chose him due to him being a similar build to Wyatt.
He also said that ROH had made him a contract offer around that time. He had talks with WWE in 2018, but opted to stay with ROH.
He is still on good terms with WWE, who asked him to keep an open line of communication.
Bruiser notably won the 2016 ROH Tag Wars alongside Silas Young and remains on the Ring of Honor roster today.