UFC star Conor McGregor took a few shots at WWE during Friday’s UFC 202 press conference, saying that, for the most part, WWE guys are “p***ies.” McGregor made it clear that he’s a fan of Vince McMahon, Triple H, and The Rock, but he also made it clear that he wasn’t a fan of Brock Lesnar or CM Punk.
Of course, you could make an argument that McGregor has stolen his entire gimmick from professional wrestling, as he’s often been called the UFC’s version of Ric Flair. There have also been rumors that he would eventually show up at a future WrestleMania much like fellow UFC star Ronda Rousey did last year, but his comments about the “sports-entertainment” industry suggest otherwise.
Conor McGregor doesn't seem to be a very big fan of professional wrestling. https://t.co/SUbT5UMoxa— FOX Sports (@FOXSports) August 6, 2016
“For the most part, those WWE guys are p***ies, to be honest. They’re messed up p***ies, if you ask me. Fair play to Brock [Lesnar], he got in and fought, but at the end of the day he was juiced up to the f***ing eye balls, so how can I respect that? And then what’s the other guy? The other guy hasn’t fought yet, so I don’t know about him yet.”
The “other guy” that McGregor was talking about is former WWE World Heavyweight Champion CM Punk, who is currently scheduled to make his UFC debut against the undefeated Mickey Gall at next month’s UFC 203.
There have been some WWE stars who have responded to McGregor’s comments, with the most noteworthy of them all being Chris Jericho’s response.
On Saturday, Jericho was asked about McGregor’s comments on Twitter, and he responded by saying that he’s never heard of the current featherweight champion.
Of course, Jericho saying that he’s never heard of McGregor is probably his way of firing back at the UFC megastar.
Some have suggested that McGregor’s comments were to set up a future storyline with WWE, but as of right now, that doesn’t seem to be the case.
This isn’t the first time that Jericho has responded to someone from the UFC taking a shot at pro wrestling, as he responded to UFC color commentator Joe Rogan’s negative comments towards professional wrestling and its fans in the fall of 2014.
For those who don’t know, Rogan was doing a podcast with fellow comedian Tony Hinchcliffe, who at one point was offered a spot on the WWE creative team. At one point during the podcast, Hinchcliffe compared the UFC to WWE, and Rogan went on a rant about the differences between the two, as he bashed the professional wrestling business and everyone in it. Jericho recorded a podcast shortly thereafter where he responded to Rogan’s comments.
“I spent some time trying to figure out a really cool tweet to hit him back with, then I thought ‘I don’t wanna start a war with this.’ He said that wrestling was fake and people are stupid if they like it. It’s a stupid statement to make because he’s in entertainment — he’s a stand-up comic — he also does MMA stuff so he knows what this is.”
People will always compare the UFC and mixed martial arts to professional wrestling because there are a ton of similarities between the two. Of course, the major difference is that one is scripted entertainment, while the other one is a pure sport.
Also, WWE has and probably always will be interested in acquiring some of the UFC’s top stars, as they’ve expressed interest in Chael Sonnen, Ronda Rousey, and Paige VanZant in recent years. So far, only one major UFC star has made an appearance on WWE programming at the peak of their popularity, with that being the aforementioned Ronda Rousey, who was the UFC women’s bantamweight champion when she appeared at WrestleMania 31 in the spring of 2015.
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