Former WWE Champ Discusses Cain Velasquez’ Pro-Wrestling Debut

Cain Velasquez is now a professional wrestler. The former UFC heavyweight champion signed with the AAA lucha libre promotion last month. He will be part of the promotion’s annual Triplemania event this August. Recently, professional wrestling legend and former WWE star Alberto Del Rio spoke to MMA Junkie to give his thoughts on Velasquez in […]

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Cain Velasquez is now a professional wrestler. The former UFC heavyweight champion signed with the AAA lucha libre promotion last month. He will be part of the promotion’s annual Triplemania event this August.

Recently, professional wrestling legend and former WWE star Alberto Del Rio spoke to MMA Junkie to give his thoughts on Velasquez in professional wrestling. Del Rio admitted that Velasquez certainly has the athletic pedigree to succeed inside of the ring:

“Velasquez has all the athletic credentials,” Del Rio said. “Wrestling is more difficult than people know, and it’s hard physically, but Cain has the athletic pedigree to do the job in the ring.”

A Different Style

Del Rio then discussed what it takes to be a star in professional wrestling. In mixed martial arts (MMA), your performance inside of the cage might be enough to make people want to tune in to see you fight. However, in the world of wrestling, athletes must have charisma to really thrive in the industry:

“In mixed martial arts, the promoters like to sell fights with big personalities, Del Rio said. “But you can become a star simply by winning all your fights and being impressive in the cage and becoming a champion and make the fans want to see your fights that way. …

“But in wrestling, you have to have a charisma that connects with the audience in a different way. The promoter can have you go out and lose every single night, but if the audience believes in your character and your personality, you can still become a star anyway.”

Del Rio isn’t sure how Velasquez is going to connect with the professional wrestling audience, but one thing is for sure, he has a great respect for the business as he heads into the venture, which should play into his favor:

“He respects wrestling,” Del Rio said. “He has the right attitude, he is sincere in wanting to learn. Whether that will translate, we don’t know, but he’s doing and saying all the right things.”

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Former WWE Champ Alberto Del Rio Comments On Cain Velasquez’s Potential In Wrestling

Last month, former UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez signed on with lucha libre promotion AAA as an in-ring talent. Velasquez will be appearing at the promotion’s annual mega-event Triplemania XXVII. The show goes down the Arena Ciudad de M…

Last month, former UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez signed on with lucha libre promotion AAA as an in-ring talent. Velasquez will be appearing at the promotion’s annual mega-event Triplemania XXVII. The show goes down the Arena Ciudad de Mexico in Mexico City, Mexico on August 3. Recently, former WWE Champion, lucha libre legend, and ex-PRIDE […]

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JDS: Cain Velasquez Making Excuse for Ngannou Loss

Junior dos Santos will reportedly be fighting Francis Ngannou at UFC 239, and the last man Ngannou defeated is a man whom dos Santos has a very long history with in Cain Velasquez. When Junior dos Santos sat back to watch the Velasquez/Ngannou fight at…

Junior dos Santos will reportedly be fighting Francis Ngannou at UFC 239, and the last man Ngannou defeated is a man whom dos Santos has a very long history with in Cain Velasquez. When Junior dos Santos sat back to watch the Velasquez/Ngannou fight at UFC Phoenix, he was surprised at the outcome…or at least […]

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Cain Velasquez Is Now A Professional Wrestler, Signs With AAA Wrestling

Another former UFC star has decided to jump ship to the professional wrestling game. Two-time UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez has signed with Lucha Libre wrestling promotion AAA. The signing was announced earlier today (Tues. March 26, 2019) at the Triplemanía press conference in Mexico City, Luchablog reports. Velasquez was introduced as the promotion’s newest […]

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Another former UFC star has decided to jump ship to the professional wrestling game.

Two-time UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez has signed with Lucha Libre wrestling promotion AAA. The signing was announced earlier today (Tues. March 26, 2019) at the Triplemanía press conference in Mexico City, Luchablog reports.

Velasquez was introduced as the promotion’s newest competitor, and was subsequently challenged to a match by stars such as Psycho Clown, Texano, and Pentagon Jr.

Velasquez will appear for AAA at their Triplemania XXVII event at the Arena Ciudad in Mexico City, Mexico on August 3rd. His first match has not yet been made official as of this writing. Velasquez showed interest in professional wrestling last year when he visited the WWE’s Performance Center in Orlando.

Speaking to WWE.com, Velasquez had this to say about possibly one day becoming a wrestler:

“I’ve been a fan of the sport since I was a little kid, and now I get to participate in it.”

Velasquez joins former UFC stars like Ronda Rousey and Matt Riddle who have since left the UFC for professional wrestling. His last Octagon appearance took place in February, where he suffered a first-round TKO defeat to Francis Ngannou.

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Former UFC Champion Cain Velasquez To Appear At AAA’s Triplemania XXVII

Former two-time Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) heavyweight title holder Cain Velasquez will appear for a prominent professional wrestling company in Mexico. Velasquez turned a lot of heads when he showed up at the WWE Performance Center last year…

Former two-time Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) heavyweight title holder Cain Velasquez will appear for a prominent professional wrestling company in Mexico. Velasquez turned a lot of heads when he showed up at the WWE Performance Center last year. Many took this as a sign that Velasquez is planning for his future outside the Octagon. It […]

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UFC on ESPN 1 Delivers Strong Numbers Despite NBA All-Star Game

UFC on ESPN 1 went head-to-head with the NBA All-Star game and still managed to peak at over 1.7 million viewers. UFC Phoenix was the first ESPN and/or ESPN+ card that was not immediately preceded by a major sporting event. The sports network’s flagship show ‘Sportscenter’ was the lead-in. It appears that didn’t affect the […]

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UFC on ESPN 1 went head-to-head with the NBA All-Star game and still managed to peak at over 1.7 million viewers.

UFC Phoenix was the first ESPN and/or ESPN+ card that was not immediately preceded by a major sporting event. The sports network’s flagship show ‘Sportscenter’ was the lead-in.

It appears that didn’t affect the ratings too much, however as the main card averaged 1.463 million viewers. The high point came during the 26-second main event between Cain Velasquez and Francis N’Gannou when ratings peaked at 1.7 million viewers. (statistics provided by Nielsen).

The first full UFC on ESPN broadcast finished 5th on the night at 0.59 in the 18-49 demographic for television ratings. The night’s top spot went to the NBA All-Star Game on TNT with a 2.42 rating in the same demo, averaging more than 5.7 million viewers.

The two-hour prelims featuring a bantamweight fight between Jimmy Rivera and Aljamian Sterling topped out at 988,000 viewers.

The next UFC on ESPN event is March 30 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Justin Gaethje and Edson Barboza will go to war in the main event. Michelle Waterson and Karolina Kowalkiewicz will serve as the co-main event of the evening.

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