Jeff Cobb makes a startling revelation
by SIMONE BRUGNOLI | VIEW 401
Jeff Cobb is one of the most loved wrestlers on the independent scene and beyond, in fact even in NJPW he was able to win the hearts of many, soon becoming one of the icons of professional wrestling today, with many people who would also like him in WWE.
In this regard, it was he who spoke on the subject when interviewed by Steve Fall of WrestlingNews, saying that he spoke with the Stamford company between 2020 and 2021: "It happened like this, just before the pandemic in 2020, I started receiving calls.
William Regal was calling me. Brian Kendrick was calling me. 'Hey, is it okay if we pass your number to [WWE Senior Director of Talent Development] Canyon Ceman?' I'm always open to talking to people, and having interviews. This was around when I was in New Japan and was trying to figure out a contract situation.
At the same time, Aew also offered me a contract. This is the first time in which I was like, 'Oh my God.' I was the new girl in high school and all the boys want to be with me. It was really cool."
New details on Jeff Cobb
Jeff Cobb went on to recount, “I got really close [to WWE] maybe in the summer of 2021, I did a video call with Canyon Ceman a couple of times, maybe June or July, and I got pretty close.
I got to hear what they offer and at the end of the day, I chose what I was doing instead of going after the money and people were making me suffer for it. At the end of the day, I can very well live in Japan and make a couple of appearances here and there.
It won't be like The Rock's money in WWE, but I'm a low maintenance guy. I don't need millions and millions of dollars, even if people are like, 'You're stupid not to take it.' The good thing is, within months of having several conversations with Canyon, that huge wave of layoffs happened.
Looking back, I think I made a good choice because if I went there, six months later, they could have fired me and I would have had to creep back to another company for a job. New Japan definitely took care of me during the pandemic when it wasn't necessary.
We still got paid. If they are loyal to me, I will be loyal to them." Before Jeff Cobb put pen to paper with New Japan Pro Wrestling in 2020, he received a contract offer from WWE. "I did get contract offers from other places.
But at the end of the day, it was — you know like — I mean WWE offered me a contract," Jeff Cobb said. "Great money but, at the end of the day, you know, it’s — money is gonna make a lot of your problems go away but at the end of the day, money won’t make you happy so I wanted to work somewhere where I felt like I fit in more."