A former WWE Superstar has recalled his return to the company after eight months out of action and WWE Chairman Vince McMahon greeting him with a hearty congratulations on his jacked body.
Kalisto had been out of action since late 2019 due to a shoulder injury before he contracted COVID-19 as well. After several months on the shelf, the former WWE United States Champion rejoined his Lucha House Party teammates in August 2020. He soon split from Gran Metalik and Lince Dorado following the WWE Draft in 2020 remaining on SmackDown while the tag team headed to Raw. His only appearance on the blue brand following the split was on WrestleMania SmackDown before WrestleMania 37 where he competed in the André The Giant Memorial Battle Royal won by Jey Uso.
Just six days after that edition of SmackDown aired Kalisto was one of a slew of talents released by the company alongside the likes of Mickie James and The IIconics.
Sitting down with Chris Van Vliet on his Insight podcast, Kalisto has described Vince McMahon’s reaction to his new-look physique following his return from injury in 2020.
“So coming back that was my major goal. I got hurt in 2019 and I got COVID, I was out for about 8 months. I did my own therapy, my own fitness, and workouts, I started going to the Performance Center here and there. My main focus was when I come back, all eyes are on me. Not only are they going to see my new look, they are going to see my new body. That is exactly what happened.”
“When I went to talk to Vince McMahon, I decided to show up at The Amway Center. I had a shirt on that said ‘Impossible.’ I wondered if he got it. So the shirt was covered so he didn’t know I was ripped. We [Lucha House Party] did a segment and I go back and they are in a meeting. I think it was Shane, Vince. I kid you not, I turn around and say hey ‘Hey Vince how are you doing?’ He goes ‘Goddammit! You’re f*cking ripped!’ Man, that was awesome. I looked at myself and said ‘This is my I don’t give a f*ck body, thank you, boss.'”
Kalisto is once again going by his pre-WWE name of Samuray Del Sol. He had added a countdown clock to his website counting down his ninety-day non-compete clause. That clock has now hit zero so the world is waiting to see what the man who calls himself The GLOAT will do next.