Vince McMahon must be tearing his hair out right now. It seems like there have been so many problems in WWE this year, and now there is one more to add to that list.
If there is one thing that WWE would have benefitted from in the coming months, it would have been the ability to showcase an Olympic gold medalist off to their wrestling faithful. And it almost came off.
Henry Cejudo, who won wrestling gold during the Beijing Olympics in 2008, had been in talks with WWE about becoming one of their superstars. But not only did the powerful 27-year-old decline the offer, he decided to take his talents to WWE's arch-rival, Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC).
"It was something that was actually in the works,” Cejudo told MMAjunkie of the possible WWE deal. "One of their talent scouts saw me, met me and wanted to bring me in for an audition or whatnot. They had reached out to me and wanted to get a feel of it."
The worst thing about this news for WWE fans is that Henry Cejudo is actually a huge fan of wrestling. Although he hasn't ruled out appearing in WWE at any stage in the future, it's a massive blow that he has decided to become a UFC star over a WWE superstar during wrestling's time of need.
“I’ve always watched WWE ever since I was a little kid,” Cejudo told MMAJunkie. “But mixed martial arts right now is my No. 1 priority. Maybe WWE in the future, but as of now I’m sticking straight to the UFC and my fighting career.
“It might be worth trying it out some day, but as of right now, I solely train and think about mixed martial arts.”
These revelations just add to the terrible list of headlines created in the last few months that have reflected badly upon WWE.
There was CM Punk's exit, Vince McMahon's huge net worth drop, WWE firing wrestlers and a lead writer, WWE's decision to cut their 2014 budget by 20%, and now the 'rampant racism' claims that now cloud the company.
WWE will always be strong because of its huge fan base, but UFC's continued growth could become a problem going forward.
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