Cain Velasquez On WWE-AEW + WWE Superstars Knew Of Firing
Despite signing with WWE, Cain Velasquez has plenty of respect for what AEW is doing, and when did WWE superstars know BIschoff was out?
Cain Velasquez Would Consider AEW Down The Road
Former UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez is now a full-time pro wrestler, set to take on Brock Lesnar later this month for the WWE title at Crown Jewel.
Prior to signing with the WWE, Velasquez made two appearances for Lucha Libre AAA, exciting fans with his incredible athleticism inside the squared circle.
While the WWE has not put much effort into the Lucha Libre wrestlers, AEW has. And Velasquez took note, telling ESPN that he would “love to do something with them” down the road.
“I like them both for what they are, but I love the way AEW is going, the path they are going,” Velasquez said. “I see big things for them in the future. If I can, I’d love to do something with them.”
Velasquez confirmed that he does have another date with AAA set before he will be with the WWE.
“I love them both,” Velasquez said. “I think obviously WWE is the powerhouse. They’ve had the biggest stars come from there and it’s the most watched wrestling in the U.S. for sure. Love the backstories and the drama, but their wrestling to me – I like more of the lucha stuff. I like the athleticism, and we do see some in WWE, but as far as wrestling goes, it’s not my favorite organization just as far as the wrestling.
“I think AEW is doing some great stuff and like the talent that they’ve brought in. They have a mix of lucha, which I think is pretty cool, and something fans are really liking these days. They’re doing a great job in giving the fans what they want as far as the wrestling and I love that they’re doing that.”
Eric Bischoff’s Firing Was Not A Surprise To WWE Superstars
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While much of the public was in shock over the news that Eric Bischoff had been relieved of his duties as Executive Director of SmackDown and fired by the WWE, the superstars themselves were not.
According to Sean Ross Sapp, the wrestlers themselves found out early in the afternoon. A few hours later, a press release was made public and the internet turned into a frenzy over the decision to oust Bischoff just four months after he was hired.
Bruce Pritchard has replaced Bischoff as head of SmackDown. The change should not be too noticeable, as Pritchard, a long-time WWE official, was already handling much of the duties of the Executive Director anyway.
Bischoff is free to sign with any pro wrestling promotion he wants as he has no 90-day no-compete clause due to never appearing on WWE television during his most recent tenure.
Many have jumped on the anti-WWE bandwagon in regards to the decision, but Bischoff is keeping it social on social media.
“Bruce is a great producer, good friend and I am certain he is going to thrive in his position,” Bischoff posted on Twitter. “He’s going to be working with a great team of the most dedicated and hard working people I have had the pleasure of working with and getting to know.”