Maven has revealed that he held talks with Triple H over a return to WWE just prior to the COVID-19 pandemic sweeping the world in early 2020.
The Virginia native began his wrestling career in 2001, appearing in the first ever season of WWE Tough Enough. The former school teacher went on to win the competition alongside Nidia Guenard, who also signed with WWE going on to appear as Nidia.
After making his main roster debut in October 2001, Maven enjoyed the highest profile moment of his career at the Royal Rumble the following year. During the Royal Rumble match, Maven eliminated The Undertaker with what became his trademark dropkick. This resulted in Big Evil beating the Tough Enough star around what is now known as the State Farm Arena in Atlanta, memorably stopping for popcorn in the process.
Maven went on to win the Hardcore Championship three times, before leaving WWE in 2005. After a short stint in TNA, he effectively retired in 2007, save for a handful of appearances in 2015 and 2016.
During an appearance on That 90’s Wrestling Podcast, Maven revealed that he spoke with Triple H about returning to WWE in an announcing role in March 2020.
“Before the world was shut down, before the pandemic, I actually travelled to Orlando and met with Hunter, met with Albert, who’s running the developmental down there now. I was talking to them about maybe doing some announcing stuff. I went there on March 11 of 2020, and if you remember, in America, that’s the day that everything got shut down. I never want to turn my back or say it will never happen because I don’t know.
I still and will always have wrestling in my blood. I still have wrestling dreams every week. I still have the dream where I’m either putting my boots on or I’m in the ring or I’m getting ready to wrestle somebody. My love for the business is never going to leave.
I tell people all the time, the WWE is like the girl who broke up with me but I wasn’t done with. It’s kind of hard to see her. She’s moved on and is dating a better-looking guy now. I would definitely entertain any opportunity to be back in wrestling in any capacity and so my return to the ring is just me scratching that itch a little bit,”
Maven currently works in finance on Wall Street.
H/t to Fightful for the transcription.