Why Eli Drake turned down offers from WWE
Submitted by Aaron Rift on 11/27/2019 at 10:44 AM

Eli Drake recently appeared on Steve Austin's podcast and here are the highlights courtesy of

On turning down WWE several times: ďThereís been interest from WWE for the last three years, but I kept turning them down because Impact kept giving me raises, so I was just like, which maybe in the long term might not have been the best move only because your up potential in WWE is so crazy. Just the money people are making from the Saudi shows or whatever, or now with AEW and what not people are starting to get more money out of that too, but it was the point where it was like three years in a row I kind of rang their bell and then turned away and went somewhere else, I probably annoyed the shit out of them at this point.Ē

On interest from AEW and ROH: ďAEW, there was interest there, we had kind of a deal worked out, but that ended up falling through, and then I talked to Ring of Honor, I talked to NWA.Ē

On why he decided to join NWA: ďThe most appealing offer I had was NWA with Billy Corgan and David Lagana. At this point, its got such a buzz, obviously itís brand new, who knows where itís gonna go, what itís going to do. Itís on YouTube now, I know a lot of people look down at that, but at the same time, itís accessible anywhere, at anytime, to everybody. Maybe that seems a little low rent in some sense, but I actually think itís kind of rock and roll, which is exactly what Billy is. Heís always done things his way, as he says, he innovates in the space he is given, and I think that thatís the way to go. And right now, Iím just loving what weíre doing at NWA. Now whether that means that I stay there and make that place the best place it could possibly be, or somebody comes along with an offer, at the end of the day, Iím a businessman and Iím my own business, so anything is possible, it all depends on whatís on the table, but at this point, my main focus is NWA because itís hot, itís the only different thing to me that I see going in wrestling today, everything else kind of resembles each other, and weíre the one thing that looks very, incredibly different, and feels different, and itís vert character-driven, thatís what I like, I want to do character-driven stuff, thatís the whole reason I got in the business. So to me, itís NWA at this point.Ē

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