Eli Drake, the famous indie wrestler shared his story about turning down Worldwide Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) several times during his career. Even though Worldwide Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) is a dream destination for many professional wrestlers, for some, it can be a nightmare.
There are many famous indie wrestlers that couldn’t find their footing inside WWE. The careers of many indie wrestlers went downhill after joining Worldwide Wrestling Entertainment. Eli Drake earned his fame by wrestling for various indie wrestling promotions.
He also appeared for some top promotions such as Impact Wrestling, during his career. Although many people believed that he will join All Elite Wrestling or Worldwide Wrestling Entertainment, he still hasn’t joined those promotions.
Eli Drake is one of the top wrestlers in his current promotion.
Eli Drake on Turning Down Multiple WWE Offers
He spoke to Andrew Pollard of WhatCulture about turning down Worldwide Wrestling Entertainment multiple times. "They made an offer to me in 2016, 2017, and 2018.
In 2016, I didn't take it because Impact was giving me a big raise," Drake revealed. "I'd never seen money like they were giving me, and the money that WWE were offering me was very low. It was not great, so I was like, 'Well, okay, I'll take a year at this [Impact] money.'
I checked them out a year later, and it was the same offer and I had a raise with Impact again." "So 2018, they came to me one more time, exact same offer. In my head, I thought, 'You know what, screw it. I'll take the cut, I'll take the bet on myself that it's going to quickly go up.'
Just personal things happened in my life that caused me to stay where I was and not move across the country. I ended up staying here. I wasn't hurting for money, I was making good money in Impact, so if I stayed for another year it wasn't a big deal.
But professionally, it was just a bad idea." Eli Drake's words go to show that money is a huge consideration for many professional wrestlers as they are fully aware that they cannot continue fighting for a very long-time.