Shane McMahon had offered the former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Tito Ortiz to work in WWE as per the star. Ortiz recently divulged the fact that Shane McMahon reached out to him in 2019 about possibly signing for WWE.
Shane McMahon wanted Tito Ortiz to sign with WWE
Shane has had affinity towards MMA and he had expressed his desires to sign one of the most promising fighters of UFC. Seevral stars like Ronda Rousey, Brock Lesnar, Riddle have had great runs in WWE over the years and another name could have been added by the Stamford-based company. Unfortunately, that did not come ito fruition.
During a recent appearance on Insight with Chris Van Vliet, the 47-year-old said he had a tryout with WWE in 2019, which seemed to have gone well.
“2019, Shane McMahon reached out to me and said, ‘What do you think about coming in and trying out?’ I went and did it and, once again, I didn’t think about this, ‘that’s why they didn’t do it.’ I wasn’t over the top. They want someone over the top and be, not crazy, but be an eye-catcher.”
“I went to [The Performance Center], and went and trained with Norman Smiley, an amazing teacher. I was learning stuff that it took some guys six months to learn. He was like, ‘Wow, you really got this.’
Ortiz further stated that it was due to the pandemic that the negotiations fell apart, and he never heard from Shane again.
You can check out the video clip of the interview below: