Look, to be fair he’s always had the showmanship aspect of pro-wrestling down to a very fine artform, so the ongoing speculation about Conor McGregor making an appearance for the WWE seems like a virtually inevitable.
But now that McGregor has ascended what looks to be the highest peak in the UFC – claiming ultra-rare dual-weightclass championships – what’s next for the Notorious One could well be an appearance inside the squared circle.
After maintaining a months-long verbal stoush with the world of professional wrestling, in which at one point he labeled all wrestlers “messed up pussies,” McGregor’s management has now amended his position on a potential trip to Vince McMahon‘s world from “no way, get fucked, fuck off,” to “if there’s an offer, we’ll at least consider it.”
McGregor’s manager Audie Attar spoke to ESPN about a potential appearance with the ‘E and did not rule anything out, provided the price was right, of course.
“I think it’s all about business, man. If [WWE] is going to come with an offer, we are willing to entertain it. We are here. Have their people call his people, which is me. We can have a conversation.”
That’s a bloody big upgrade from McGregor’s earlier comments on the wonderful art of pro-wrestling, which came back in August and featured zero minced words:
“For the most part, those WWE guys are pussies, to be honest. They are master pussies, if you ask me. I mean, full credit to Brock [Lesnar], he got into a fight. But at the end of the day, he’s juiced up to his fucking eyeballs. How can I respect that?”
“There are some dons in that wrestling game. The McMahons, they are dons. Triple H is a don, The Rock is a don. But the rest of them are pussies.”
“What’s the main guy? John Cena? He’s 40 years of age walking around in a luminous orange t-shirt and headband talking about no one can see him. You can see him right there — he’s a big fat 40-year-old failed Mr Olympia motherfucker. Do you know what I mean? They’re dweebs those guys.”
Not content to stop it there, McGregor then clarified exactly what he meant on social media shortly thereafter:
I didn’t mean no disrespect to the @wwe fans. What I meant to say was that I’d slap the head off your entire roster. And twice on Sunday’s.
— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) August 7, 2016
But now things appear to be changing, at least slightly. McGregor is on a little bit of a UFC hiatus until his first child is born in May; a hiatus that very conveniently lines up with the WWE’s WrestleMania 33, set to be held in Orlando at the start of April.
It wouldn’t be the first time the ‘E has capitalised on the UFC’s success: Ronda Rousey, a noted lifelong WWE fan, made an appearance with The Rock at WrestleMania 31, where she hip-tossed Triple H and at least teased a fight with Stephanie McMahon.
And earlier this year, quite famously, the WWE-contracted Brock Lesnar was loaned out to the UFC to headline UFC 200 in a heavyweight slugfest against Mark Hunt. At the time it was presumed that the WWE received mere financial and promotional compensation in return, but the promise of a similar talent loan in return isn’t exactly out of the question.
At the end of the day, it’s all about whether McMahon and the WWE’s pockets are deep enough to be able to afford McGregor who, at the current height of his powers and popularity, commands quite a hefty pay day.
Hello id like to order some competition please I don’t have any pic.twitter.com/cocgW4uwsb
— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) November 23, 2016
But hey, stranger things have certainly happened. And in the weird and wonderful world of the WWE, anything is possible.
Hell, put McGregor in the ring with Shinsuke Nakamura and just let ’em kick the piss out of each other for 15 minutes. That’s worth the ticket price alone, right there.
Strong style, babey.
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