Chael Sonnen has claimed that WWE has attempted to sign him a couple of times, even offering him a $5 million contract at one point.
The lines between professional wrestling and mixed martial arts are being crossed more and more nowadays. Brock Lesnar has been a World Champion in both worlds, Bobby Lashley continues to compete inside of a ring and an octagon, and Ronda Rousey has officially arrived on the scene in WWE.
The above names plus a fair few others will have had fans from both worlds speculating as to who else we could see trade one world for the other. Conor McGregor certainly seems to be in the business of trying his hand in other industries at the moment following his foray into boxing last year and is a name that most wrestling fans would love to see in WWE.
Apparently, one name who came very close to working with WWE is Chael Sonnen. The former UFC fighter recently spoke with CBS Sports and claimed that WWE tried to bring him on board to compete in the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal at WrestleMania 32. Sonnen wanted to and tried to find a way to get it done, but unfortunately, couldn’t make it. “I was asked to be a contestant in a [battle royal] and I wasn’t against it, but I just couldn’t get the date. I actually worked hard and I tried to clear it,” Sonnen explained, adding that he thinks he may have upset WWE by turning them down.
According to Sonnen, that’s not the only time he has been approached by WWE either. As well as not being able to make it to WrestleMania 32, Sonnen also claims that at one point he was offered $5 million by Vince McMahon to sign with WWE. At the time, he was under contract with UFC so turned down the offer and also elected not to tell Dana White about the offer at the time.
Sonnen is a fan of wrestling but played down his interest in the business during the interview. Apparently, he was very invested in WWE during the Hulkamania years, but that interest has dwindled since. He still attends shows whenever they are nearby, however, at this point, it seems like the chance to compete for the company may have passed him by.
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