Speaking on Under The Ring, Romero was asked to describe the closest he ever came to wrestling for WWE, and he described how the company wanted him for the Cruiserweight Classic in 2016. He noted that they offered him both the Cruiserweight Classic and a coaching position, and the latter made him feel like they didn’t want him to wrestle.
“They really wanted me for the Cruiserweight Classic, and I was in between or about to be in between contracts,” Romero said. “I think I was in between contracts, and we were renegotiating mine. WWE was very interested, they wanted to offer me the Cruiserweight Classic, and then they wanted to offer me a coaching position.
“So I think that if they didn’t offer me the coaching position and they just offered me the Cruiserweight Classic, then I probably maybe would have waited a little bit longer to re-sign with New Japan, and I would have done that. But them offering me the coaching position made me feel like they didn’t want me to wrestle, so then I wasn’t maybe going to go very far in the Cruiserweight [Classic], so I decided to not take it and re-sign with New Japan.”
Romero has become a key figure in the relationship between AEW and NJPW, as he helped bring the companies together for the first Forbidden Door pay-per-view in 2022. The two promotions will team up again for AEW x NJPW Forbidden Door 2 on June 25.
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