Former UFC Heavyweight Champion and ex-WWE star Cain Velasquez has requested special permission to wrestle on an upcoming AAA show.
Velasquez was released from jail on a $1 million bail on November 8, 2022 after being arrested in February on charges of Attempted Murder.
Back in February, Velasquez had allegedly chased down in his truck, and attempted to shoot, Harry Goularte, who had been alleged to have sexually assaulted a young relative of Velasquez.
Velasquez’s shot aimed at Goularte allegedly ended up hitting Goularte’s stepfather who was with Goularte in his vehicle at the time.
As reported by MMAJunkie, Velasquez appeared in Santa Clara (California) County court today (November 21) for an arraignment.
During the hearing, Velasquez and attorney Ed Sousa made a request to Judge Daniel T. Nishigaya for permission for Velasquez to work the AAA show on December 3 in Tempe, Arizona.
As part of the request, Velasquez’s team indicated he would still partake in GPS tracking, and would even pay for police to accompany him.
Lead prosecutor Aaron French was unable to be present for this particular hearing, so a district attorney objected to the request and asked Velasquez’s team to wait until later this month for a decision.
However, the Velasquez team said it couldn’t wait that long because AAA needs to advertise the event and it would be too close by that point.
Due to the special circumstances, Judge Nishigaya has rerouted the decision to be made by a judge more familiar with the case, with a formal decision now expected tomorrow (November 22).
Marc Raimondi of ESPN reports that Velasquez’s team has been discussing the possibility of him wrestling at the December 3 AAA show since last week.
Elsewhere in the hearing, Velasquez pleaded not guilty to trial charges and waived his right to speedy trial.
Velasquez’s only WWE match on broadcast was a WWE Championship match against Brock Lesnar at Crown Jewel in Saudi Arabia in October 2019.
He did also work a match at a house show in Mexico a month later, teaming with Humberto Carrillo to beat Karl Anderson and Luke Gallows, but was released by WWE in April 2020.
His most recent pro-wrestling outing was at AAA TripleMania Regia II in December 2021, teaming with Pagano and Psycho Clown in a win over LA Park, Rey Escorpion and Taurus.
He also wrestled for AAA twice in 2019 before his WWE debut, most notably teaming with Cody Rhodes in a six-man match at TripleMania.
We’ll keep you informed with any further updates on the Velasquez case.
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