Cain Velasquez to make pro wrestling debut at TripleMania

Discussion in 'Cageside - MMA Discussion' started by TheEmperorRises, Mar 27, 2019.

  1. TheEmperorRises

    TheEmperorRises Right click hospital, left click cemetery

    Joined:
    Dec 4, 2015
    Messages:
    7,485
    Ratings:
    +15,655
    [​IMG]

    Former two-time UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez is the latest of the seemingly endless list of major MMA stars doing pro wrestling.

    Velasquez appeared Tuesday afternoon at a press conference in Mexico City where it was announced he would make his pro wrestling debut on “TripleMania,” which is the premiere event of the year for the AAA promotion. AAA, founded in 1992, is one of Mexico’s two major pro wrestling groups and ran ultra-successful U.S. events in the early 90s including one of the most acclaimed American pay-per-view events of all-time from Los Angeles in 1994.

    “I will be an in-ring performer for sure. With more time learning this beautiful sport, great things will happen,” Velasquez said via his management team.

    The show will take place on Aug. 3 at Arena Ciudad in Mexico City.

    No specific match was announced for Velasquez, but teases were done for three different stars of the promotion, meaning it could be a singles match with one of them or a multiple-person match.

    Velasquez, a lifelong pro wrestling fan, noted his favorites were El Santo, Mexico’s biggest wrestling legend, and his son, El Hijo del Santo. He had a several day training camp last year with WWE in Orlando, Fla. last year.

    At the press conference, Velasquez said that he had two or three more fights left on his UFC contract.

    There were teases of this several weeks ago when Velasquez made a remark about Lucha Libre (Mexican pro wrestling) not being real, which led to two of AAA’s best known stars, masked wrestlers La Parka (who is not the La Parka who was a star with World Championship Wrestling in the U.S. 20 years ago) and the company’s most popular wrestler, Psycho Clown, issuing challenges at the time. Most figured at the time that Velasquez didn’t realize that what he said was considered an insult in Mexico to wrestlers, basically an honest mistake. The belief was the wrestlers were just reacting to media questions as they felt they should, as opposed to it being a tease for an eventual storyline and major match.

    Reports did come out in recent weeks that Velasquez was looking at doing pro wrestling imminently.

    Velasquez was there for the start of the press conference, noting he’s loved Lucha Libre since childhood. Dorian Roldan, who runs AAA and is also an executive with the U.S.-based Lucha Underground promotion, noted that Velasquez would be at TripleMania, and they did a contract signing which Roldan called a three-way deal with AAA, Velasquez and TV Azteca, one of Mexico’s largest television networks. It was then announced TripleMania would air live on TV Azteca.

    During the press conference, Velasquez was asked if he still thinks Lucha Libre was fake, and he said that the blows were real, that the WWE was fake, but Lucha Libre was much tougher and much more real.

    At that point, El Texano Jr., a former world champion for AAA, came out, and was mad at Velasquez for calling Lucha Libre fake. Psycho Clown, whose father is the legendary Super Porky, came out and said that he respected what Velasquez has done in MMA, but felt he had disrespected Lucha Libre. Pentagon Jr., one of the biggest stars in the U.S. independent scene and with new American startup All Elite Wrestling, was next out and said he was open to a singles match, a tag match or any kind of match with Velasquez.

    [​IMG]



    Full story here:
    Cain Velasquez to make pro wrestling debut at TripleMania
     
    • Like Like x 2
    • Funny Funny x 1
  2. sparkuri

    sparkuri God of Thunder
    First 100

    Joined:
    Jan 16, 2015
    Messages:
    20,218
    Ratings:
    +32,991
    Ramses approves
     
    • Funny Funny x 2
  3. conor mcgreg0r nut hugger

    conor mcgreg0r nut hugger Text JOE to 30330

    Joined:
    Feb 11, 2016
    Messages:
    3,869
    Ratings:
    +5,151
    Good for him.
     
    • Agree Agree x 2
  4. ejlarson

    ejlarson I like chicken

    Joined:
    Jul 4, 2015
    Messages:
    765
    Ratings:
    +948
    I'm embarrassed for Cain, and I am embarrassed that you knew about this, and thought it needed to be posted. Also, how long until Honda beats him?
     
  5. Judobill

    Judobill First 100
    First 100

    Joined:
    Jan 15, 2015
    Messages:
    3,447
    Ratings:
    +6,465
    In Mexico City!? Cain has proven that he doesn’t have the cardio for that shit. He better go out a few weeks early this time.
     
    • Funny Funny x 2
  6. TheEmperorRises

    TheEmperorRises Right click hospital, left click cemetery

    Joined:
    Dec 4, 2015
    Messages:
    7,485
    Ratings:
    +15,655
    Let Cain know on Twitter- he needs this info to shape the choices he makes in life.

    I enjoyed pro wrestling, until a few seconds ago. It's not worth it if strangers on the internet will think I'm less cool.
     
    • Winner Winner x 1
  7. Suicidalforlife

    Joined:
    Jan 30, 2015
    Messages:
    1,481
    Ratings:
    +1,561
    The guy can't stop getting injured, this deal is not going to help that.
     
    • Winner Winner x 1
  8. Silverball

    Silverball Member

    Joined:
    Feb 24, 2015
    Messages:
    3,850
    Ratings:
    +6,650
    One of the greatest heavyweight champions in the history of MMA can't afford to retire on what the UFC's paid him, but that said, sounds like he's found a fun alternative to make ends meet.
     
  9. TheEmperorRises

    TheEmperorRises Right click hospital, left click cemetery

    Joined:
    Dec 4, 2015
    Messages:
    7,485
    Ratings:
    +15,655
    Knew this was in his future for awhile now. He said as much not too long ago.
     
  10. RaginCajun

    RaginCajun I Like Gifs

    Joined:
    Oct 25, 2015
    Messages:
    13,162
    Ratings:
    +34,481
    UFC Legend Cain Velasquez: Talks with WWE 'Going Well,' Also Interested in AEW

    Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Getty Images

    UFC star Cain Velasquez has had preliminary talks with WWE regarding a move to professional wrestling, he revealed in an interview on Ariel Helwani's MMA Show.

    "We've been in talks with them," Velasquez said. "They're going pretty good."

    The 37-year-old added he'd be open to engaging AEW in a conversation as well.

    Velasquez last fought in February, losing to Francis Ngannou in a first-round TKO. He appeared to suffer a knee injury as he unexpectedly fell to the mat and was unable to mount a proper defense to Ngannou.

    Javier Mendez, Velasquez's coach, played down rumors of his retirement in April, but he appears ready to entertain a career change.

    He made his debut at AAA's Triplemania XXVII in August, teaming with Cody Rhodes and Psycho Clown in a six-man tag match. He told Helwani he's signed for three appearances with AAA and can't make a larger commitment with a wrestling promotion at the moment.

    Velasquez also worked out at WWE's Performance Center in July 2018.

    "My experience here has been amazing," he told WWE.com's Ryan Pappolla at the time. "I'm just looking forward to being here and learning as much as I can. I've been a fan of the sport since I was a little kid, and now I get to participate in it."

    Based on his overall popularity and track record in UFC—he's a two-time heavyweight champion—Velasquez is a natural candidate to make the jump from MMA to wrestling one day.

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]
     
    • Like Like x 1
    • Winner Winner x 1
  11. ENOCK

    ENOCK Underneath Denver International Airport

    Joined:
    Jun 19, 2016
    Messages:
    5,713
    Ratings:
    +10,850
    Wouldn’t it be better for him to go to AEW - I think he’d have more fun and be able to be more creative with his character/gimmick
     
    • Agree Agree x 1
  12. Hong Kong Phooey

    Hong Kong Phooey AKA SharkTank Abbott

    Joined:
    Feb 12, 2015
    Messages:
    4,090
    Ratings:
    +4,069
  13. Nemo?

    Nemo? Too weird to live, too rare to die.

    Joined:
    Dec 2, 2015
    Messages:
    4,130
    Ratings:
    +8,034
    You must earn your stripes in Mexico or Japan before you’re taken seriously
     
  14. Ricky Bobby

    Ricky Bobby I apparently look like a Jewish accountant

    Joined:
    Feb 13, 2015
    Messages:
    38,564
    Ratings:
    +48,631
    This is good for him if he makes more money, but who cares tbh?
     
  15. Thuglife13

    Thuglife13 TMMAC Grand Poobah

    Joined:
    Dec 15, 2018
    Messages:
    2,652
    Ratings:
    +4,188
    Cain gonna Cain...

    [​IMG]
     
  16. ENOCK

    ENOCK Underneath Denver International Airport

    Joined:
    Jun 19, 2016
    Messages:
    5,713
    Ratings:
    +10,850
    I’d think Cain could simply go strong style or break kayfabe and get instant respect in a matter of one match ....right?
     
  17. Nemo?

    Nemo? Too weird to live, too rare to die.

    Joined:
    Dec 2, 2015
    Messages:
    4,130
    Ratings:
    +8,034
    Seem's like Matt Riddle had to grind for a bit before hitting the big leagues......Cain has a decorated background in fighting and wrestling but now he needs to learn how to wrastle haha two different things.

    His grappling background shortens the process big time though.
     
  18. ENOCK

    ENOCK Underneath Denver International Airport

    Joined:
    Jun 19, 2016
    Messages:
    5,713
    Ratings:
    +10,850
    I think jumping into the new start up AEW would be his best bet to earn his stripes and put in work ...he’s almost 40, already injury prone so not sure how high the ceiling is going to be for Cain.

    If I was him I’d avoid the WWE all together and let the AEW boys help develope his pro wrestling career.
     
  19. RaginCajun

    RaginCajun I Like Gifs

    Joined:
    Oct 25, 2015
    Messages:
    13,162
    Ratings:
    +34,481
  20. Outlaw Shit

    Outlaw Shit No Comment
    First 100

    Joined:
    Jan 17, 2015
    Messages:
    30,641
    Ratings:
    +37,348
    lol so funny
     
  21. JonJonesBeard

    JonJonesBeard The Face That Runs the Place

    Joined:
    Jul 22, 2015
    Messages:
    26,078
    Ratings:
    +27,090
    Need to wait for the right circumstances.
     
  22. RaginCajun

    RaginCajun I Like Gifs

    Joined:
    Oct 25, 2015
    Messages:
    13,162
    Ratings:
    +34,481
    I'm sure it won't come back to bite him in this ass with knee injuries...
    [​IMG]
     
    • Funny Funny x 1
Draft saved Draft deleted