Speaking in a new interview, Cain Velasquez discussed his short-lived run with WWE, saying that he needed more time to adapt.
After an impressive Mixed Martial Arts career, which included two UFC Heavyweight Championships as well as a TKO victory over none other than Brock Lesnar, Cain Velasquez arrived in WWE in late 2019.
Debuting on the October 4th 2019 episode of SmackDown, the first on Fox and the 20th Anniversary of the show, Velasquez made a B-line for former rival Brock Lesnar. After attacking the newly crowned WWE Champion, Velasquez and Lesnar met one-on-one at WWE Crown Jewel a handful of weeks later.
The former UFC Champion then disappeared from television before being released by WWE in April 2020.
Appearing on the In This Corner podcast with Cyrus Fees, Velasquez recalled his time working with WWE, saying that he needed more time to develop. Although he had some experience appearing in AAA, the former MMA star said that he needed more practice, but was prevented from training by the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Bigger, obviously,” Cain said when asked if he wanted a bigger moment with Brock in WWE. “The scenario I was in, that moment, not having any experience in that world. When COVID hit, I couldn’t go anymore. You need to develop in this sport. If you want a certain product out of me that I can produce, you have to give me time. I just needed time and needed to be in there and practicing to make it second nature to where I wasn’t thinking when I’m out there. I wasn’t there yet and I was thinking so much and you could tell I was thinking. It’s just developing. The Lucha is a different style and it translates for me a lot better and smoother.”
However, despite his less than fruitful stop in WWE, that doesn’t mean that Velasquez is done with wrestling just yet. The former college wrestling star revealed that he will be returning to AAA in December.
“I’m doing a show in December for AAA. I love AAA and I’m going to keep doing that right now. I love WWE as well, but I have to first develop myself in order for me to go out there. I’m going to keep doing stuff and have fun with it.”
As yet there has been no confirmation from AAA about the appearance.
Meanwhile AAA Triplemania XXIX is set to take place on August 14th 2021. At the event, Kenny Omega will defend his AAA Mega Championship against Andrade El Idolo.
H/t to Fightful for the transcription.