One of SmackDown’s biggest surprises almost didn’t happen.
Despite appearing on SmackDown to confront newly crowned WWE Champion Brock Lesnar, Cain Velasquez isn’t a WWE superstar. ESPN reports that Velasquez is closing in on a deal but nothing has been officially signed yet. The former UFC Heavyweight Champion isn’t retired from fighting just yet, but he told the outlet that wrestling is his focus for now.
ESPN’s Marc Raimondi notes that “Velasquez has not officially put pen to paper with WWE, but they’re getting there. Him showing up tonight on SmackDown came together in the last 24 hours or so. The UFC was aware he’d be doing this appearance and gave the OK.”