Cain Velasquez signed with WWE after talking to every other company out there including AEW. Jake Hager signed with AEW, but he is happy for Velasquez.
Jake Hager recently spoke to Ariel Helwani where Cain Velasquez’s entrance into WWE was approached. He said it’s good for everyone and hopes to see more MMA fighters make a similar transition.
“You know what, I think it’s cool that Cain was able to cross over. I think it’s awesome. I want to see more and more people cross over. I want to see more wrestlers cross over into MMA, more MMA cross over into pro wrestling. Because then our fans truly see how similar the worlds are, and how great they can be when you understand what’s going on … I think it’s interesting, though, that they saw me surprise debut, and then a couple days later they had Cain come out, not even signed to a contract, you know. Kind of rush-hush-hush. Hmmm.”
Pro wrestlers can come from any discipline from athletics to MMA fighting. Other pro wrestlers just always wanted to be wrestlers.
The climate is changing, but there will always be room for an MMA fighter with the right skills to make an effort into learning another craft in their wheelhouse.
Thanks to 411 Mania for the quote