Jeff Cobb of New Japan Pro Wrestling confirmed that he was pursued by WWE with an offer back in 2020. Cobb also revealed that he was being given a very generous contract. He was a free agent back then, and was being eyed by many wrestling promotions.

Cobb appeared on the All Real Wrestling Podcast, where he talked about his time as a free agent. He went into more detail about the offer he received from WWE. He said that he was getting an offer for “great money.”

I did get contract offers from other places but at the end of the day, it was — you know like — I mean WWE offered me a contract,” Jeff Cobb revealed. “Great money but, at the end of the day, you know, it’s — money is gonna make a lot of your problems go away but at the end of the day, money won’t make you happy so I wanted to work somewhere where I felt like I fit in more and I would’ve been happy.

The NJPW superstar said that while he was being offered a great sum of money, it wouldn’t have made him happy. He added that the culture for pro-wrestling is amazing in Japan, and that he loves Japan. He said that at the time, Japan felt like his home, and it ended up being the place for him.


You know, if I went to WWE, I wouldn’t be able to do a random indie booking if I wanted to if I was off that weekend or something. New Japan, I love Japan. The culture is amazing out there and the style of wrestling, like you mentioned, I definitely feel like I fit better in and I felt at the time, you know, New Japan was gonna be my home and it is my home.

Cobb also appreciated that other companies reached out to him. He said that even being at NJPW, the forbidden door makes it convenient for him to appear on show from other promotions, such as AEW or a Ring of Honor or MLW or IMPACT. Cobb is extremely happy to have landed at NJPW.

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Nitish Vashishtha

Nitish Vashishtha is a freelance writer/contributor from India. He’s written content for companies like ScoopWhoop and Sportskeeda. He’s been writing about pop-culture, current affairs and pro-wrestling since 2017.

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