WWE Interested in Conor McGregor
Earlier this year, Conor McGregor infuriated the WWE roster and fanbase with his harsh ridicule of the current professional wrestling landscape. It appears, however, that the company would love a heel like McGregor to come on board.
Paul Levesque — better known by his stage name of "Triple H" — is the WWE Vice President and one of the most famous professional wrestlers of all time. Triple H was present for McGregor’s fight at Madison Square Garden on Saturday, and spoke about the Irishman’s crossover potential.
"He could come over," Triple H told The Telegraph, "he’s got it all, man – he’s got the personality, the skills, the talk. He’s an entertainer, for sure."
While McGregor has been keen on setting records, he would not be the first UFC star to perform in the WWE. Ronda Rousey appeared at Wrestlemania 31 in 2014. Rousey has always expressed her passion for professional wrestling, however, while McGregor has said he prefers true combat rather than scripted action. His skills on the microphone and ability to cut a promo are undeniably influenced by his early WWE fandom, however, as is his new pre-fight strut.
"What does he walk around at? 180 pounds?" Triple H continued. "I have smaller guys now in the WWE. We have 200-pound guys who are stars. You don’t need to be 300lbs any more…But yeah, he could do just as well as Floyd Mayweather when he fought the Big Show. That really worked. Conor could do it for sure."
The precedent for fighters stepping over to WWE is obviously there, and it’s up to McGregor to decide if he wants to pursue that avenue. After his UFC 205 victory, in which he captured his second UFC title, McGregor announced that he was taking some time off while he expects his first child. He also expressed his desire to renegotiate with WME-IMG, the new owners of the UFC who McGregor has yet to develop a strong professional relationship with.
If the two-division champion and biggest star in combat sports wants bigger paychecks, the WWE’s interest in him may not go unnoticed.