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The man and the myth known as Chael Sonnen has retired from professional cage fighting and with a second failed drug test he was pulled from his broadcasting jobs with Fox Sports and the UFC, leaving him at the age of 37 without a way to make a living. Is it Chael Sonnen’s fault? Absolutely. That doesn’t mean that it isn’t rough.
Apparently he does see one potential career path for himself right now, that is working in some capacity with the WWE. In this week’s edition of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter (subscription required), Dave Meltzer explains that Chael Sonnen has reached out to the WWE’s Gerald Brisco looking to arrange for a meeting with Paul Levesque (Triple H), who is in charge of talent relations.
Sonnen has spoken with Gerald Brisco at WWE to put together a meeting with Paul Levesque. According to those close to the situation, Sonnen was pretty much told he was too old to start wrestling training, but there could be interest in him as an announcer. But WWE would be leery right now given Sonnen’s name being what it is right now, and WWE’s being a publicly traded company and having to answer to stockholders who could ask questions.
As far as being a talker, he probably would excel, whether that’s as a heel manager (a role that also takes training but the shelf life of the performer can be longer because age isn’t as much a factor) or a television announcer. But I can’t see anyone touching him for at least a few months, if not longer.
I tend to agree that it might be too late for him to train to be a professional wrestler, but Sonnen working as a manager or on their broadcast team would make a lot of sense. The only problem is that they recently made some big cuts and are possibly looking to make more in the near future and Sonnen would cost money.