WWE Hall of Famer Jim Ross recently commented on the ongoing rumors that mixed martial arts star Conor McGregor will join the WWE and participate in a match or two. There had been speculation that the UFC star might be headed to the professional wrestling ring for the upcoming WWE WrestleMania 34 next year in New Orleans, Louisiana. However, there’s also been talk that McGregor, nicknamed “The Notorious,” would have some more fights inside the UFC’s Octagon. He’s now participated in MMA for quite some time and even had a boxing match against one of the sport’s greatest of all time. So when will McGregor officially come to the WWE, or will he decide against it?
Jim Ross, aka “J.R.,” dropped by the latest episode of The Herd with Colin Cowherd to discuss a wide range of topics. One of the points of conversation that Cowherd brought to his attention was the idea that Conor McGregor could earn a lot more money from WWE than he could in the Octagon. He asked J.R.’s thoughts on his take on McGregor and what he might do. The longtime WWE commentator and personality suggested he believes it’s a foregone conclusion that McGregor will take a payout from WWE because it’s bigtime money and a bigtime stage he’d be on. It’s a win-win for both McGregor and WWE.
J.R. believes that when McGregor finally joins WWE, it won’t be a career deal but a “one-off specialty” sort of match. He suggests that it would make the most sense for a WrestleMania pay-per-view which would be similar to what boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. did. J.R. mentions that the “attraction’s there, the marketing’s there,” so it just makes sense all around. There’s also a paycheck involved, which those who know McGregor know he loves.
Ross refers to the fact that there’s big money in WWE and he’s right with that, but for major celebrities, it seems especially true. Back in 2008, ESPN reported that the payday Floyd Mayweather Jr. received from WWE for a match against The Big Show at WrestleMania 24 was a whopping $20 million. That was for just one match, which is what exactly J.R. believes McGregor will participate in for the WWE. McGregor will likely take a page out of his former opponent’s playbook to score a major payday for himself inside the wrestling ring as it’s at least 10 decades later and he can possibly contend that he deserves more money than “Money” Mayweather.
Of course, the words “someday in the future” are the biggest part of J.R.’s comments to keep in mind. For one, that probably won’t be WrestleMania 34, especially if WWE has plans with McGregor’s fellow UFC star Ronda Rousey. The two MMA stars would pretty much be trying to out promote one another for their respective wrestling matches.
However, McGregor will also want to do his best to remain a highly relevant figure in the sports celebrity world so that his match has significance in WWE when he joins. If he continues his trash-talking ways towards the WWE locker room, that shouldn’t be an issue at all.
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