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Cain Velasquez details WWE exit, ‘friction’ with Brock Lesnar – MMA Root

Cain Velasquez details WWE exit, ‘friction’ with Brock Lesnar

When Kane Velasquez took the stage alongside former octagon Brock Lesnar at the 2019 WWE pay-per-view event, it marked a new chapter in a successful sports career.

Less than a year later, Velazquez was forced to rethink his path when the coronavirus pandemic triggered layoffs at an industry-leading wrestling promotion. But he doesn’t regret what happened.

“I think it was meant for me,” the former UFC champion said on Wednesday. MMA hour… “I am glad that I got the experience of understanding the essence of the matter, understanding how the company works, how the guys work, everything. It was a great learning experience. I learned a lot from this, and all I can do is take it and do better next time if I get another chance, or I just know what it is and appreciate my time spent on it. “

Velazquez’s professional wrestling career did not end with his departure from the WWE. In December, he will return to the ring under the Lucha Libre AAA Worldwide banner, where he debuted as an El Toro character and cut his teeth before joining the WWE.

Lucha Libre is the style of wrestling that Velazquez considers closest, and he hoped it would become his hallmark in the WWE. But, as it turned out, the company headed by Vince McMahon had other plans.

“I think they wanted me to stay in this MMA zone,” Velazquez said. “They wanted me to have a rivalry with Brock, but they really didn’t want to waste time with us working together to really do it. They wanted us to do it, and you know how it is. “

When Velasquez and Lesnar eventually met in the ring at the WWE’s Crown Jewel event in Saudi Arabia, Lesnar won a quick match that ended with a kimura. According to Velazquez, the whole experience made him want more, although he was not upset about “losing” to Lesnar.

“That’s what it is, man,” he said. “I just dived into it and was really just trying to figure out what it was. It was all thrown at me at once, a new organization, and I was there for everything anyone needed, right down to what I was building or what they wanted me to build. I am very sorry for everyone who was disappointed. It hurts me too, because I expect a lot from myself. I expect more from myself. “

Velasquez said his previous win over Lesnar in the UFC played a role during his promotion, although he expected it and tried to rise higher.

“There will always be friction with this,” he said. “So yes, but we worked together. … We did not work much, but we only talked to him because of this, I just know where he is from, only from the short time that I spent, and I mean very little. I know what he is about and I respect him for it.

“What you see there when he speaks, all this shit, he lives it, he breathes it. It’s him. The image that you see is he there. This is his true self. Up close, he is clearly more human, but this is him, and I saw it.

The main disappointment for Velazquez was the lack of training time for a completely different kind of competitive art, which depends more on entertainment than on efficiency.

“It all came down to development,” he said. “Once that happens, it doesn’t matter who you go with. You can be prepared for anything. But I’m so green, I’m almost in the middle, like what I do, what I need to learn. Because I’m not sure about that. In MMA, I am so sure of that. I’m so confident in the student struggle. I know these things. These are different sports, this is a slightly different type of dance, a slightly different rhythm.

“This is the opposite of MMA. Every moment is the opposite of MMA, where you need to show emotion, you need to show technique and always be open so that everyone can see it, so that everyone can see the blow. In MMA, the opposite is true. We hide it so that no one can see it until it touches. “

Velazquez has certainly made incredible progress in this area and he hopes to continue his development in the Lucha libre style that he grew up with and loves. No hard feelings with WWE.

“Hell no,” he said. “I love what they do and what they did. They helped me a lot. “