As noted before, there are several wrestling companies interested in former UFC Heavyweight Champion Cain Velasquez.
MMAFighting.com’s Dave Meltzer noted that Velasquez recently had talks with WWE but it’s not clear if a deal will be made. Velasquez has said in interviews that he would like to do more in professional wrestling and he noted how he’s done some training at the Performance Center but also noted that he likes what All Elite Wrestling is doing and expressed interesting in wrestling for them as well.
Velasquez has looked impressive in his first two matches for AAA Lucha Libre even though he’s been dealing with a knee injury. Meltzer noted that Velasquez would need to get knee surgery before making a long-term commitment.
In addition to WWE, AAA and AEW, he has also talked with New Japan Pro Wrestling but if WWE is able to sign him then they would book him in a huge match with Brock Lesnar. Velasquez defeated Lesnar in 2010 to win the UFC Championship.
So, where is he likely to land for a full-time commitment? A standalone deal with AAA seems least likely because their pay scale is much lower than WWE but AEW has a working relationship with AEW which means he could work for both promotions. WWE would want him to be exclusive to them.
One thing that could keep Velasquez from signing with WWE or AEW right now is that he has several fights left on his UFC contract. The contract allowed him to work in Mexico for AAA but he was not allowed to do anything physical on Saturday with Pro Wrestling Revolution, which could mean that his UFC contract won’t let him work for an American wrestling promotion.