Terron Beckham, who is the cousin of star NFL wide receiver for the New York Giants Odell Beckham Jr., recently held a live chat on his YouTube channel and explained why he turned down a deal from WWE. Beckham discussed why he turned the deal down, wanting to remain in the fitness world, claimed he’d be making less money if he signed with WWE, and so much more. Here are the highlights:
Turning down a WWE deal because he didn’t want to give up being a fitness personality:
“I did make it, but it is not what I expected it to be,” he said. “I was basically required to drop everything that I have going on, that’s YouTube, that’s fitness business, that’s being a fitness personality. Everything I want to do would be under their wing, and I wasn’t fully OK with that.
“After everything I’ve worked for, I can’t just drop that and let that go despite where the WWE could take me,” Beckham said. “So it didn’t make any sense for me to do so and just drop everything. And let’s say I get into it and I don’t like it, then I’d have to re-up from where I left off.”
Claiming he’d lose money signing with WWE and his warning to those who consider a career in professional wrestling:
“If I was to sign and continue on with the WWE, I would actually be losing a lot of money that I can’t afford to lose the amount that I was going to lose, to give it all up to go for the WWE,” he said. “I do things on my own time, so I couldn’t give that up on top of a lot less pay than what I get paid now.
“Even with sponsors, I couldn’t keep sponsors, that sort of thing. That being said, I kind of want this to be for those who are aspiring to go into wrestling, just make sure you are willing to give up everything for that.”
Believing he can achieve the same lever of success in the WWE on his own:
“I liked the training, I liked what we were doing and [thought I could] still keep on what I’m doing now, but that wasn’t the case. So I was misled on the journey I was hoping for,” Beckham said. “It’s tough, it was a tough decision because there are possibilities, making a million-whatever dollars and all this exposure in like four years.
“But I expect that nonetheless regardless, with or without it and I’d rather just keep doing what I’m doing and see the growth myself from doing my own thing. I think that makes more sense for me.”
H/T Wrestling Inc. for the transcriptions