Over the years several big names from UFC have entered the world of WWE. Ken Shamrock, Dan Severn, and Ronda Rousey are all notable names who swapped the Octagon for the squared circle.
There have also been professional wrestlers/Superstars who entered the world of MMA. Bobby Lashley has entered the cage as well as AEW’s Jake Hager.
Brock Lesnar took to the combat sport like a duck to water winning the UFC Heavyweight Championship in only his third match and becoming one of the promotion’s biggest draws.
Now in a recent interview, one of the Ultimate Fighting Championship’s most decorated performers has revealed they almost signed for WWE.
Speaking to Chamatkar Sandhu, the Olympic gold medalist and former UFC Flyweight and Bantamweight Champion Henry Cejudo revealed he almost signed for the sports entertainment company.
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.”
Later on in the interview, Cejudo disclosed he is more than willing to appear on one of WWE’s major shows for a heavy bag.
“Of course, 100%. Now, with the family, that’s number one. Money talks. If they want to do something like that, I’m open for anything.”
WWE And UFC Merged To Become TKO Group
If Cejudo were to enter the professional wrestling/sports entertainment there is no better time as the two companies have recently merged.
Earlier this year after the sensational return of Vince McMahon ushered in the merger of the two promotions under the Endevoer umbrella in a multi-billion dollar deal.
Since the announcement, several MMa stars have expressed interest in crossing over to the wrestling company such as Conor McGregor and Israel Adesanya.