Cain Velasquez recently did an interview with Cultaholic.com and here are the highlights.
On when he first wanted to get into wrestling: “When I was thinking of trying this out I went to a show a couple of years ago, at Ronda Rousey’s Elimination Chamber match. I was there with a buddy, Daniel Cormier. Other fighters were there as well. So that’s where I kind of retook again into pro wrestling. Before that, I was a fan as a kid. But watching that match, I was having so much fun I’m like ‘Why not? Can I do that?’”
On being initially turned down by WWE and going to AAA: “So when I did AAA, I called the WWE first. I called them, me, my people, my agent called the WWE. And I was interested from that match that I saw at Elimination Chamber. You know, this is obviously where the best guys are, this is the top. So Triple H and Vince McMahon weren’t going to give me a shot right away, that was clear. So I said, ‘Okay, let’s do something else.’ I’ve always loved lucha. Lucha was my first love of wrestling. I watched that as — that was my first time watching any kind of pro wrestling. So I said, ‘Why don’t we do a lucha match?’ Me and my wife, my manager — my wife was super into it. She was like, ‘Why don’t you do a lucha match?’ I said, ‘Okay, let’s do it’…I wanted to wear the mask. I wanted to do traditional lucha moves just to pay homage to the people who have done it in the past and they just look f**king cool to do.”