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Cain Velasquez on why he was released by WWE, short match with Brock Lesnar “didn’t serve me as well”

Cain Velasquez was interviewed on The MMA Hour to talk about his UFC career and his brief time in WWE.

Here are some highlights from the interview:

Cain Velasquez was asked why he is no longer with WWE:

“Primarily it was because of Covid. They had to just drop a lot of their roster in order to keep their core guys in, and I just wasn’t developed enough. I really needed to sit down and really practice on that style of wrestling for a while, just develop a lot more. That wasn’t the case. It was more like I just didn’t evolve in that way.

“Do you regret going there?”

“I don’t. I think it was meant for me to go there. I’m glad I got the experience of knowing what it’s all about, knowing how the company works, how the guys work, and everything. It was a great learning experience. I learned a lot from it, and all I can do is take that and make it better the next time if I get another chance, or just remember what that is, and appreciate my time doing that.”

“Do you have hard feelings toward them?”

“No. Hell no. I love what they are doing and what they did.  They helped me out so much.”

“I think a lot of your fans were upset with the way the Brock Lesnar match went because it was so short and one-sided. How did you feel in retrospect?”

“It is what it is, man. Again, that was me just going into it and really just trying to figure out what it was. It was all thrown at me at once. I was there for whatever anybody needed as far as to help me build into whatever they wanted me to build into. That didn’t happen on this turnaround. I’m sorry to anyone who got let down. That didn’t serve me as well because I expect a lot out of myself. I expect more from myself.”

“Why didn’t you come back after Covid?”

“I wasn’t called to go in and have them use me. At one point they told me they were going to do something with some of the Lucha guys. When that time came close, we were deep into Covid, and they were like, ‘We are just doing the shows this way. We just need these core guys right now.’ They just needed me to develop a lot more, and I wasn’t there yet, so they really couldn’t use me in that way. All the guys were living over in Florida, and because of Covid, they were all social distancing, and staying there and living there. That was the core guys they were using, the guys that were over there. They felt like they weren’t using me enough and they were paying me too much, so they had to let me go. I understand that. It’s business.”

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