Real Reason WWE Released Former UFC Heavyweight Champion Cain Velasquez

Published 10/28/2021, 8:45 AM EDT
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – OCTOBER 11: Former UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez attends a WWE news conference at T-Mobile Arena on October 11, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Velasquez will face WWE champion Brock Lesnar and WWE wrestler Braun Strowman will take on heavyweight boxer Tyson Fury at the WWE’s Crown Jewel event at Fahd International Stadium in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia on October 31. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)


Cain Velasquez opens up about his WWE release. Velasquez is a former UFC Heavyweight Champion who signed to WWE in 2019 and fought a match against The Beast Brock Lesnar for WWE Championship. The match took place at Crown Jewel and captured everyone’s attention.

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The purpose of the match was to take revenge on Lesnar for assaulting Rey Mysterio’s son Dominick. The match lasted for a short time with some takedowns initiated by Velasquez. But, Lesnar won by submission to Velasquez and ended up slamming Velasquez with an F-5 on a steel chair.

In order to save Velasquez from Lesnar’s attack, Rey Mysterio knocked Lesnar with multiple steel chair strikes.

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Cain Velasquez opens up about his WWE Release

After Velasquez signed to WWE, he fought only 2 matches. Although he made multiple appearances with Mysterio, he didn’t get a chance to fight another wrestler other than Lesnar and OC.

It’s been a long time since Velasquez had been seen in the WWE. His last appearance was at Crown Jewel in 2019. In a recent interview with Ariel Helwani, Valesquez was asked about his release from WWE.

He said, ” Primarily it was because of COVID. They had to just drop a lot of the roster in order to just keep their core guys in. I just wasn’t developed enough. I really needed to sit down and practice that style of wrestling for a while and develop a lot more. That wasn’t the case, it was more of…I just didn’t get to develop in that way,” 

“They just didn’t use me. I wasn’t called to go in and have them use me. At one point they told me we were going to do something with the lucha guys and when that time came close, we were deep into COVID and they were like, ‘We’re just doing the shows this way, we just need these core guys.’ They just needed me to develop a lot more and I wasn’t there yet.”

“They really couldn’t use me in that way. They weren’t using me enough and they were paying me too much, so they had to let me go. I understand. It’s business.” [h/t Fightful.com]

Should Cain Velasquez make his return?

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Velasquez practiced in the performance center in WWE and he mentioned that he got to learn a lot about the company and many other aspects of being a wrestler during that period.

Velasquez also included that he loved being in WWE. He was a fan of wrestling right from childhood and if he gets the opportunity to compete in WWE, he’ll likely take it. Do you want to see the former UFC Champ in WWE again? If yes, whom should he challenge? Tell us in the comments below.

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Yash Sawant

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Yash is a WWE and AEW writer at EssentiallySports. Currently, Yash is a BSC student and along with his studies follows his favorite sport. Being a WWE fan since 2012, Yash loves all things related to wrestling.

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