Over the past few years, we have seen several personalities from the world of MMA appearing in the WWE rings, including those who had already taken their first steps in the WWE, such as Brock Lesnar and those who were really new to the pro-wrestling ring like Ronda Rousey or Cain Velasquez, with several very important names that have thus made their leap from one career to another.
After seeing the umpteenth success of Ronda Rousey in one of the last WWE PPVs, a few weeks ago at Wrestlemania Backlash, with her title being lost only some time later to Money in the Bank, one of the WWE reporters wanted also talk about what modern-era athletes should decide to do, should they choose between a career in MMA, i.e.
UFC, the largest mixed martial arts company in the world, or WWE, the largest pro-wrestling federation to the globe, favoring the latter for him. After having also signed the young Valerie Loureda, 23 years old from Bellator, some news would have emerged in the last hours regarding an interest of the WWE towards Tito Ortiz, former UFC light heavyweight world champion, already seen in the IMPACT rings Wrestling a few years ago.
Fans hadn't seen Shane McMahon since he lost to Kevin Owens on SmackDown's debut night on FOX and while he doesn't retain any WWE stock anymore, he's been more influential behind the scenes than most fans realise.
According to what was revealed by the former UFC champion himself, who was one of the most victorious light heavyweight champions of Dana White's company, defending his title five times from 2000 to 2003, the wrestler had tryout matches for the WWE, which however did not go well, pushed by the son of the federation's Chairman.
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In his latest interview on pro-wrestling, Tito said: "In 2019, Shane McMahon contacted me and said, 'What do you think about coming to us?' so I went and did my tryout match.
I went there and did everything they asked of me. I didn't think about it at the time, but I think they wanted someone of great fame, not crazy, but who would attract people's eyes. I went to the Performance Center in Orlando and trained with Norman Smiley, an amazing teacher and learned things that normally take six months to learn. But in the end he didn't come up with anything."