Cain Velasquez was WWE’s marquee celebrity signing of 2019 but his stint didn’t last long. The two-time UFC Heavyweight Champion had a promising one-off feud with Brock Lesnar but was never to be seen again.
At Crown Jewel, Velasquez wrestled his only WWE televised match against Lesnar. The Beast emerged victorious and retained his WWE Championship while fans believed it was simply the beginning of the Lesnar vs Velasquez title feud at WrestleMania 36.
On April 15th, WWE released hundreds of employees (as part of their budget cuts) in an effort to recover from the financial damages suffered due to the coronavirus pandemic. Unfortunately, Velasquez’s name was on the list as was announced a week later.
During a recent interview with Sports Illustrated, former UFC Heavyweight Champion Daniel Cormier discussed Velasquez’s WWE release. The 40-year-old athlete is upset with the news but still has high hopes for Cain when it comes to pro wrestling.
“It makes me sad for Cain. I know how much he enjoys wrestling. I know that he’s going to land on his feet. There is no person in the world I am more confident that will come out of whatever situation in a positive light than Cain Velasquez.”
DC further stated that Velasquez’s unfortunate release doesn’t change his views of WWE.
“So to say that it would make you only want to do a one-off as opposed to a contract? I think that’s a little much. Everybody’s doing exactly what they’re doing because of the pandemic.”
Following his match in Saudi Arabia, Velasquez did work a live event in Mexico but, as always, house shows aren’t televised and hence not technically counted.
It remains to be seen what Velasquez does next, but rumors suggest that he could be on his way to Lucha Libre AAA Worldwide or AEW.