A California court has allowed former UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez to perform at a professional wrestling show for Mexican promotion Lucha Libre AAA.
Velasquez, 40, is still facing charges in the Santa Clara County attempted murder case, and the decision was made on Tuesday less than a month after he was released on $1 million bail on Nov. 8.
As a condition of bail, Velasquez must be at his home, wear a GPS tracker, and stay within 300 yards of the alleged victims of the case. However, Judge Artur Bocanegra has temporarily waived house arrest and tracking this lucha libre event. Velasquez has to pay out of his own pocket to have law enforcement escort him to the wrestling show instead of a tracker.
The AAA show will take place on December 3 at the Mullett Arena on the campus of Arizona State University, where Velasquez was a two-time NCAA Division I All-American wrestler.
Sources told Sportzshala that Velasquez’s team began talks with AAA last week and a deal has been reached in principle. On Monday, Velázquez’s legal team asked the court for special permission, and Bocanegra granted it on Tuesday.
Sources told Sportzshala that Velasquez will compete in a beam card trio match, teaming with Pagano and Blue Demon Jr. against Taurus, Sam Adonis and Gringo Loco.
Velazquez, 40, has been charged with attempted murder and 10 other weapons-related charges. He is accused of chasing Harry Goulart in his car and shooting at him. Gularte is accused of sexually assaulting a young relative of Velasquez. In a civil lawsuit filed in June, Velasquez alleged that Gularte molested Velasquez’s 4-year-old son.
Goulart was not shot by Velazquez, but Goulart’s stepfather, Paul Bender, was hit. Bender, who is not seriously hurt, helps Goulart’s mother, Patricia, run a daycare where Goulart allegedly abused Velázquez’s son. All three – Gularte, Patricia and Bender – were in the car when Velasquez chased him in his car and opened fire.
Velasquez retired from the UFC in 2019 and moved to professional wrestling, first with Lucha Libre AAA. Velázquez, a Mexican-American, is very popular in Mexico and grew up a fan of the lucha libre style. After success in AAA matches, Velasquez signed a multi-million dollar contract with WWE and had an epic match in November 2019 against Brock Lesnar in Saudi Arabia.
Velasquez was released by WWE along with many others when the COVID-19 pandemic hit in 2020. He reappeared with AAA in December 2021 in Mexico.