While to most sports fans, Cain Velasquez is known as the former UFC Heavyweight champion of the world – where he won that title two times in his mixed martial arts career. However, to many sports entertainment and professional wrestling fans, Cain Velasquez is known as the fighter that made his WWE debut on the first episode of Smackdown on FOX back in October of 2019. He confronted Brock Lesnar after Lesnar won the WWE Championship from Kofi Kingston in a squash match lasting only a few seconds. Cain last competed at Super ShowDown on 31 October 2019, where he was squashed by Brock Lesnar and failed to win the WWE Championship.
Cain Velasquez signed a lucrative multi-year deal with the WWE, but the contract allowed the company to release him whenever they saw fit and that is exactly what they did as he was released by the company back in 2020 as part of the pandemic budget cuts. The former UFC champion was also recently involved in a shooting incident in San Jose, California as well. Velasquez was taken into custody due to his involvement in the shooting, which involved two people. One of those people wound up in jail. The other went to the hospital.
As revealed by TMZ, Velasquez has been arrested and charged with attempted murder in relation to the incident.
It was also announced by the Santa Clara County District Attorney, the former UFC champion is now facing 10 charges: Attempted murder, shooting at an occupied motor vehicle or aircraft, three counts of assault with a firearm, three counts of assault with a deadly weapon, willfully discharging a firearm from a vehicle, and carrying a loaded firearm with intent to commit a felony.
A pre-trial hearing is now set for September 26, according to court documents obtained by MMA Fighting. Velasquez submitted a not guilty plea on Friday to the attempted murder and other charges against him.