PWMania.com reported earlier this week that UFC star Rashad Evans recently inquired about a pro wrestling career with WWE. It’s not known if Evans directly spoke with someone at WWE but he was talking to people in the wrestling business this past weekend about the idea of getting involved. Rashad recently commented to MMA Mania about the rumors:
“If I ever did anything like that, it would be after I finished fighting, and I’m not gonna (sic) be done fighting for at least four years. I had a million people asking me if I was retiring for wrestling, but honestly speaking, if I didn’t get seriously paid to do it I wouldn’t do it. I think it would be disrespectful to my legacy in the UFC if I didn’t do a deal that would make sense where I got paid! Besides, that shit is harder on my body than fighting.”
MMA stars Chael Sonnen, Roy Nelson, Frank Mir and Shayna Baszler have all tried to open talks with WWE in recent years and at one point there were very vague ideas suggested for Baszler. It’s said that Vince McMahon is leery about using former MMA stars because they are used to huge payoffs and he doesn’t think they would be able to deal with WWE’s schedule. Years ago, Vince really wanted to sign Bob Sapp but their negotiations failed due to money and scheduling issues.
Regarding Sonnen possibly working with WWE, there may have been some interest in having him come in to work as an announcer but that likely won’t be happening now due multiple failed drug tests and the controversy that goes with Sonnen’s name.
(Source: Wrestling Observer Newsletter)