Cain Velasquez looks set to move to professional wrestling fulltime after he appeared at WWE Smackdown…
Junior Dos Santos won’t appreciate this, but he’s not Cain Velasquez’s biggest rival. No, the only correct answer to that is Velasquez’s own body. The AKA fighter is a former two-time UFC heavyweight champion. Many believe that if his body hadn’t let him down that he’d be the greatest of all-time.
Velasquez has recently made a move into professional wrestling. Velasquez has appeared at a couple of Triplemania events in Mexico. He’s donned a Lucha Libre mask and performed some outrageous moves, demonstrating incredible mobility and acrobatics.
Now, he looks set to move full-time in pro-wrestling after stunning the combat sports world by appearing at WWE Smackdown on FOX. He’s yet to sign a contract with the organization, but it’s looking extremely likely. Check out his debut below.
— Cenation – WWE Guy (@CenationMarian) October 5, 2019
Nobody was expecting Velasquez to show up in the Staples Center, but he did and he made a big impression. The former UFC champion confronted Brock Lesnar and challenged him to a showdown. He famously knocked out Lesnar in 2010 to win the belt.
After his appearance in Los Angeles, he later announced that he is withdrawing from the USADA testing pool. This effectively means that he is retiring from MMA as you must be in the testing pool for 6 months before fighting. It looks unlikely that he will do so again at this point.
Here is Cain Velasquez’s debut on WWE TV. Who could have predicted all this at the start of the year? pic.twitter.com/Q1RU8YHjGm
— Ariel Helwani (@arielhelwani) October 5, 2019
Velasquez explained that he still loves MMA, but pro wrestling just feels fresh for him right now. The former heavyweight champion believes he’s a natural in the entertainment industry. After all the injuries that he has suffered, he will leave with the blessing of UFC fans and the MMA community. He is also enjoying the entertainment side of things.
“I’ve always loved MMA as well from when I started doing it until now,” Velasquez said. “I’m still training and I still love it, so I’m not sure if I’m done yet. I still love MMA but pro wrestling is something I really love as well. It hit me by surprise and I wasn’t sure if I would like it or if I could even do it at first. I’ve becoming a natural to it. I love the acting side of it, the entertainment. I get to do stuff that’s physical then it also looks cool.”
— FOX Sports (@FOXSports) October 5, 2019
WWE still has a massive following. Velasquez joins fellow former UFC champion Ronda Rousey in crossing over to the entertainment industry. Of course, there remains a possibility that he may sign for another wrestling promotion. AEW and New Japan Pro-Wrestling have both been linked with the former champion.
However, with the storyline already in motion, it would be a massive surprise if Velasquez didn’t sign up with the UFC. He came out with Rey Mysterio and double-legged Lesnar. He should have told him that he’s going to knock him out again. Anyway, as a combat sports fan, you’ve got to wish him nothing but the best for the future.