The prospect of Conor McGregor in the WWE is still a tantalizing one, for all the previous comments he’s made about the company and its talent. And if you ask Paul Heyman about it, it shouldn’t matter that the “Notorious” McGregor had said all those things in the run-up to UFC 202 in August; if a wrestler can’t draw as much money as Conor has for UFC, they shouldn’t complain if he one day gives sports entertainment a try.
For many wrestling fans, Conor McGregor and WWE just don’t mix. A series of statements made in August had ruffled the feathers of fans and WWE wrestlers alike, as McGregor criticized today’s wrestlers as “messed-up” while speaking to TMZ.
“I haven’t really thought about it. For the most part, those WWE guys are p***ies … They’re messed up p***ies if you ask me.”
While McGregor showed his respect to Attitude Era talents such as “Stone Cold” Steve Austin and Triple H, as well as WWE Chairman Vince McMahon and his family, referring to them as “Dons” of the business, many wrestlers took to Twitter to fire back at the current UFC featherweight and lightweight champion.
Less than a week later, McGregor was back on the warpath against WWE’s present crop of talent as he continued to promote his match against Nate Diaz at UFC 202. In particular, he singled out John Cena, arguably the most marketable name the company has had in the past decade, as someone he didn’t respect. According to a transcript of the statement from MMA Fighting, Conor referred to Cena as a “40-year-old failed Mr. Olympia.”
Going back to the present, Paul Heyman’s interview with Yahoo Sports‘ Marcus Vandenberg ran the gamut of topics, as Brock Lesnar’s “advocate” hyped up his client’s match against Goldberg at Survivor Series on Sunday, confidently promising a win for “The Beast” at the Air Canada Centre. He humbled himself when apologizing for an awkward promo segment in Minneapolis, where fans cheered their hometown hero Lesnar despite his heel status. And he also talked about what should happen if Conor McGregor joins WWE, and how the company’s locker room should treat him in the light of his earlier statements.
“If Conor McGregor can be a revenue driver for WWE, if he can sell network subscriptions or if he can sell thousands and tens of thousands of tickets, if he can move millions of T-shirts, who cares if anybody in the locker room likes it or doesn’t like it. They just have to learn how to accept it or draw more money than Conor McGregor so they have the leverage to say, ‘I don’t want that guy in my locker room.'”
Back in August, Brock Lesnar was one of the subjects of McGregor’s anti-WWE vitriol, as the Irishman said he respects Brock for his stint in UFC, but doesn’t respect him for the failed doping test that followed his win over Mark Hunt in a one-off fight at UFC 200. Yahoo Sports‘ Vandenberg asked Heyman about what he thinks of a possible McGregor vs. Lesnar match at WrestleMania 33, and it appears that that may be an extreme longshot, due to the huge size disparity between both men.
“I saw a video of Conor McGregor as a promotion for the UFC’s video game, screwing off with Conan O’Brien. Conan O’Brien looked like The Big Show against Conor McGregor. None of this is a knock on Conor McGregor, but you would have to find someone for him to work with that presents a believable picture.”
At this point, we cannot really say whether McGregor is coming to WWE at some point in the future. WWE Vice President of Talent Triple H appears to be high on him, as The Daily Telegraph reported earlier this week. And Paul Heyman’s interview with Yahoo Sports suggests that he’s also a fan of the colorful, trash-talking fighter. Conor McGregor may or may not feel the same way about WWE as he did in August, but if he does sign for a few appearances, that may be something the company’s wrestlers may have to get used to.
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