Cain Velasquez Says He’s Not Officially Signed to WWE, Has Had Talks With AEW

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UFC legend Cain Velasquez shocked the WWE Universe when he debuted on SmackDown earlier tonight … but apparently he’s still a free agent.

Velasquez debuted on Friday Night SmackDown’s FOX premiere this evening and attacked his former UFC rival Brock Lesnar, who had just defeated Kofi Kingston for the WWE Championship. 

The former two-time UFC heavyweight champion told ESPN that he is yet to put pen to paper at this time, though the publication claims he’s currently in advanced talks with WWE.

“We’ve talked a little bit back and forth and nothing happened,” Velasquez told the publication in regards to his talks with WWE. “They wanted to see my development. I think they’re pleased with what I’m doing now.” ESPN reports WWE came back to the table after his impressive matches in AAA.

Velasquez said he’s also had discussions with other wrestling promotions, including All Elite Wrestling and New Japan Pro Wrestling.

As we previously reported, Velasquez trained at the WWE Performance Center in July of last year. Pro Wrestling Sheet Editor-in-Chief Ryan Satin spoke with Triple H earlier this week and he talked about Cain’s current involvement in wrestling, noting there’s a lot Velasquez could do in WWE if his full focus is on professional wrestling.

“This is definitely my focus,” Velasquez told ESPN after tonight’s SmackDown. “My family is into it, they love it. They’re super excited. I haven’t seen them excited over something like this in a while. It’s cool.”