CM Punk told by McMahon not to make an appearance at UFC event

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Former wrestler CM Punk has revealed on Colt Cabana’s podcast this week that WWE chairman Vince McMahon refused to let him walk out with Chael Sonnen for the latter's UFC fight two years ago.

Punk states that McMahon told him not to walk Sonnen out to the octagon, despite the event being in his hometown of Chicago.

No chance

The straight edge superstar told Cabana that when he pitched the idea to his then boss, that McMahon told him no, because the sport is “barbaric” despite Punk having already arranged the deal with Sonnen.

Punk stated that McMahon said: “Oh my God, no we can’t do that. That’s barbaric. Somebody is going to die in that sport."

The Chicago native who left WWE earlier this year, even though his contract had not finished, then explained the positives that walking out with Sonnen at UFC on Fox would have had for WWE.

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Punk added: “Tomorrow is the Royal Rumble so it’ll get some last-minute buys and whether Chael wins or loses, no offence to Chael, nobody is going to be talking about him. They’re going to be talking about the WWE champion walking him to the octagon.”

The 36-year old who aired all of his grievances on Cabana’s podcast was not happy that just four months after McMahon nixed Punk’s pitch, WWE superstar Triple H was seen walking Floyd Mayweather out to the ring for his boxing match with Miguel Cotto.

Punk could not believe that this was allowed to happen, when the WWE chairman clearly did not like the idea of him walking Sonnen out in front of his home crowd and that McMahon’s excuse was poor.

The retired wrestler said: “He was distancing himself from such a horrible, barbaric product.”

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