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Jeff Cobb: WWE wanted him on Tough Enough, Hernandez was supposed to be Matanza in Lucha Undergound

Jeff Cobb is the latest guest on Chris Van Vliet’s YouTube channel. Cobb was on to talk about his appearances in AEW, interest from WWE, New Japan Pro Wrestling, Lucha Underground and much more.

Here are some highlights from the interview:

Cobb was asked if he is going to announce what promotion he signed with:  “I am going to wait for them to announce it.  I’m not going to announce it on my own.  In the meantime, I am still working dates for New Japan.”

Cobb commented on his status with Lucha Underground and if he was completely done with them:  “For me, yes.  I got my release after Season 4.  I heard weird rumblings that Season 5 is coming?  I told them don’t hold your breath on that.  I heard their main regular, Chris DeJoseph, went to WWE.  I don’t know who they would use for that.  The majority of their guys are in WWE now.  I look back on those days with good memories.  Hernandez was supposed to be the monster Matanza.”

Cobb talked about his WWE tryout in 2014:  “That’s when they didn’t want me.  At the time, if you look at that roster back then, they had one of everything.  I don’t know if they were trying to collect them.  Chad Gable was there so they had an Olympian already.  Kona Reeves was already there, so they had their Hawaiian guy, so maybe they filled their quotas for what they needed.  I’m not mad at them.  I didn’t go online and bash them.  They asked me if I wanted to do Tough Enough in 2014 or 2015.  I didn’t want to do reality tv.  I wanted to be a wrestler.  That’s what I am.  I’m a professional wrestler.  I talked to them at the beginning of this year and I didn’t feel it was my time to go there yet.  There were a couple things I wanted to accomplish before I would go there.  I want to do more Tokyo Domes.  I only did one Tokyo Dome show and it was a pre-show.  Selfishly, I want to be on the main card.  I like their Open Never weight division.  I think they have some great wrestlers there.  I definitely want to win that championship back.  Who doesn’t want to go for the IWGP Championship?  I feel like their U.S. championship that they have, I can help that division and be a champion that can defend it in America.”  

If you use any portion of the quotes from this article please credit Chris Van Vliet with a h/t to for the transcription

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