Maven holds the honor of the first Tough Enough winner back in the early 2000s and remained with the company for a few years before he was given the pink slip. He hasn’t been part of WWE for a long time and it appears he would listen if WWE gave him an opportunity to return.

Maven was largely used as a midcard performer, but always managed to have great feuds with the likes of The Undertaker, Chris Jericho, Shelton Benjamin, and more. He was eventually released in 2005 and never came back to WWE after that.

While speaking to Chris Van Vliet, Maven discussed the possibility of returning to WWE in a non-wrestling capacity, stating that he hasn’t received any calls from the company. However, he expressed openness to any opportunity that may arise.

Reflecting on a previous interview in 2020 that didn’t materialize due to COVID-19, he expressed his desire for another chance but acknowledged that he’s 47 years old and won’t wait around for a call.


“I can honestly say, because people ask me, I haven’t gotten one call. If I get the call, I’m obviously going to listen to any opportunity that comes my way. I don’t care what the opportunity is. I’m going to listen to it, but no, I haven’t heard anything from them. Would I love to go back, because in one of my videos, I talked about how in 2020 I went and had an interview with them to do just that and it just didn’t pan out because of COVID. I would love to have that opportunity again, but I’m also 47. If it doesn’t happen, I’m not going to sit and twiddle my thumbs and hope. I’m gonna keep moving.”

Maven emphasized the importance of moving forward in life, regardless of the circumstances, and being open to new opportunities. He highlighted his transition to becoming a YouTuber as an example of embracing unforeseen paths. Ultimately, Maven is focused on continuing to progress, whether or not WWE reaches out to him.

”I learned a long time ago in life, there’s a couple of key things about life and that is you gotta keep moving no matter if it’s good or bad. Keep plugging, keep moving, put one foot in front of the other, and just keep charging. If I sit and wait for a call from WWE that might not come, then I’m opening myself up to let myself down and I refuse to do that. If you would have told me a year ago that you’re going to be a YouTuber, I would have laughed in your face, but look where we’re at now. So if it happens, it happens. If it doesn’t, then other things will present itself, I’m sure.”

Maven had previously revealed how the COVID-19 pandemic foiled his return plans. Nonetheless, it remains to be seen whether Maven will ever make his way back to WWE one day.

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Subhojeet Mukherjee

Subhojeet is a professional wrestling fan for over 22 years. He got captivated by the sport during the Monday Night Wars and has a passion for it ever since. He also enjoys TV shows, movies, anime, novels and music, which broadens his perspective and appreciation for wrestling. He is a knowledgeable and respected voice in the industry.

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