Former two-time UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez is the most recent of the seemingly limitless checklist of main MMA stars doing professional wrestling.
Velasquez appeared Tuesday afternoon at a press convention in Mexico Metropolis the place it was introduced he would make his professional wrestling debut on “TripleMania,” which is the premiere occasion of the 12 months for the AAA promotion. AAA, based in 1992, is one among Mexico’s two main professional wrestling teams and ran ultra-successful U.S. occasions within the early 90s together with one of the acclaimed American pay-per-view occasions of all-time from Los Angeles in 1994.
The present will happen on Aug. three at Enviornment Ciudad in Mexico Metropolis.
No particular match was introduced for Velasquez, however teases had been accomplished for 3 totally different stars of the promotion, which means it may very well be a singles match with one among them or a multiple-person match.
Velasquez, a lifelong professional wrestling fan, famous his favorites had been El Santo, Mexico’s greatest wrestling legend, and his son, El Hijo del Santo. He had a a number of day coaching camp final 12 months with WWE in Orlando, Fla. final 12 months.
On the press convention, Velasquez mentioned that he had two or three extra fights left on his UFC contract.
There have been teases of this a number of weeks in the past when Velasquez made a comment about Lucha Libre (Mexican professional wrestling) not being actual, which led to 2 of AAA’s greatest recognized stars, masked wrestlers La Parka (who will not be the La Parka who was a star with World Championship Wrestling within the U.S. 20 years in the past) and the corporate’s hottest wrestler, Psycho Clown, issuing challenges on the time. Most figured on the time that Velasquez didn’t notice that what he mentioned was thought-about an insult in Mexico to wrestlers, principally an sincere mistake. The idea was the wrestlers had been simply reacting to media questions as they felt they need to, versus it being a tease for an eventual storyline and main match.
Reviews did come out in current weeks that Velasquez was doing professional wrestling imminently.
Velasquez was there for the beginning of the press convention, noting he’s cherished Lucha Libre since childhood. Dorian Roldan, who runs AAA and can be an government with the U.S.-based Lucha Underground promotion, famous that Velasquez could be at TripleMania, they usually did a contract signing which Roldan referred to as a three-way take care of AAA, Velasquez and TV Azteca, one among Mexico’s largest tv networks. It was then introduced TripleMania would air stay on TV Azteca.
Through the press convention, Velasquez was requested if he nonetheless thinks Lucha Libre was pretend, and he mentioned that the blows had been actual, that the WWE was pretend, however Lucha Libre was a lot harder and rather more actual.
At that time, El Texano Jr., a former world champion for AAA, got here out, and was mad at Velasquez for calling Lucha Libre pretend. Psycho Clown, whose father is the legendary Tremendous Porky, got here out and mentioned that he revered what Velasquez has accomplished in MMA, however felt he had disrespected Lucha Libre. Pentagon Jr., one of many greatest stars within the U.S. impartial scene and with new American startup All Elite Wrestling, was subsequent out and mentioned he was open to a singles match, a tag match or any type of match with Velasquez.
Velasquez did face-offs with all three earlier than the press convention ended.
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