‘It’s Not for Me’- Kayla Harrison Reveals the Two Reasons Why She Rejected WWE

Published 11/22/2021, 6:45 AM EST
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – AUGUST 11: Kayla Harrison of United States celebrates his gold medal after the final women’s -78kgs at Carioca Arena 2 during Day 6 of the 2016 Rio Olympics on August 11, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Xavier Laine/Getty Images)


PFL’s Kayla Harrison spoke to Damon Martin from MMA Fighting and went over all things related to her fighting career. The multiple-time PFL tournament winner is fielding the waters of free agency and there’s a lot of buzz surrounding her future. However, one unexplored avenue has garnered a lot of attention from fans within the MMA community.

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Following her stint on AEW, fans are keen to see how Kayla Harrison would fare if she decided to go to the WWE. Entering into the pro wrestling business could certainly do wonders for a rising star like Harrison who is naturally charismatic. In fact, she revealed that joining the WWE was once on her radar, but she also explained the marquee reasons why she isn’t pursuing a career in pro wrestling.

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‘Everyone just wants what they can’t have I think. It’s a tale as old as time. I had talked to them [WWE] prior to starting MMA. They were interested after the 2016 Olympics but at the time I had just finished competing.”

“I had lived out of a suitcase for 10-12 years and there were two things about it I didn’t like. Number one was you travel four days a week for the shows and number two was you weren’t in control of your character, you don’t control the script…I was just like ‘Nah, it’s not for me’. “

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Kayla Harrison: Where does she go from here?

The former Olympic gold medalist is primed to find her way in the UFC at one point in her relatively young MMA career. She has been a menace in the PFL, dominating every single opponent put in front of her. At this stage, fans want to see Kayla Harrison go up against the very best in the UFC’s featherweight division.

LONDON, ENGLAND – AUGUST 02: U.S. Olympian Kayla Harrison visits the USA House at the Royal College of Art on August 2, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Joe Scarnici/Getty Images for USOC)

However, as the official UFC rankings page would indicate, the women’s featherweight division is not a priority at the moment. It seems as though UFC President Dana White isn’t entirely sure if the division will sustain itself in the long run. It remains to be seen if the UFC decides to roll the dice and sign Kayla Harrison to their organization.

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Darryl Pinto

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Darryl Pinto is a senior MMA writer at EssentiallySports. He is currently pursuing his graduate degree in Mass Media (with a specialization in Journalism) out of Xavier’s College and has a year's experience in his current role. Darryl specializes in predictions, reporting, and covering UFC events live.

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