Throughout WWE’s history multiple MMA stars have made the switch from the cage to the squared circle including the likes of Ken Shamrock, Shayna Baszler, Matt Riddle and most notably Ronda Rousey.
But it has now been revealed that one of UFC’s returning stars “almost” chose a career with WWE before agreeing a contract with Dana White’s Ultimate Fighting Championship.
Speaking in a new interview, UFC star Henry Cejudo would discuss the WWE & UFC’s merger and if he would interested in making the jump from MMA to pro-wrestling.
Cejudo would reveal that he had previously been offered a deal with the WWE with the company offering to fly him out and show him around the company in an attempt to secure his signature.
Speaking to Chamatkar Sandhu, Cejudo would state:
“Before I signed with UFC, we were in talks with WWE. I was going to be The Atomic Flea. I had thought about signing, I had talked to Jerry Brisco at that time.
They were going to fly me out to Orlando and do that whole trial stuff. It did intrigue me, but at the same time, I knew that if I’m going to use my body, I might as well fight and do the real stuff.
Not saying that the WWE isn’t real, it’s 100% real, but I’m talking competitively. I never wanted to travel like crazy. I didn’t want to get thrown like Rey Mysterio. I didn’t want my body to break.
If I was to do the WWE or AEW, I would like to do a one-off. I don’t see myself doing that stuff for a very long time even though I do believe I could be really good at it. I worked out with Chavo Guerrero.
He’s given me lessons. He’s like, ‘Bro, you’re a natural.’ I grew up watching it, did amateur wrestling, and I fought. I understand the acting portion. There are things that come natural to me. Something like the WWE or AEW would be one of them.”
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