Conor McGregor calls out the WWE roster

Andreas Hale
Conor McGregor didn’t hold back in talking about the WWE. (AP)
Conor McGregor didn’t hold back in talking about the WWE. (AP)

With his larger-than-life persona and grandiose method of delivering his interviews, Conor McGregor is about as close to a World Wrestling Entertainment superstar on the UFC roster as there is. But the Irishman won’t be making friends over at the house that the McMahon’s built after his comments regarding the professional wrestlers employed by the WWE.

On a recent conference call, McGregor blasted the WWE roster after being asked if he was interested in one day participating in the world of sports entertainment.

“For the most part, those WWE guys are [expletive], to be honest,” McGregor said. “They’re messed up [expletive], 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 [expletive] eyeballs, so how can I respect that?”

McGregor did pay respect to a few people that have been in the WWE including Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Paul “Triple H” Levesque and the McMahon family by calling them “dons.” As for everyone else? He’s clearly not a fan. It was a sentiment that he double downed with on social media.

Not too long after he fired off the tweet, a bulk of WWE superstars, both past and present, took aim at McGregor.

WWE Hall of Famer Ric Flair fired off a salvo of insults and insinuated that McGregor borrowed heavily from Flair’s gimmick to make a name for himself in the UFC.

The wrestlers Flair mentioned were all collegiate wrestlers at one time and it has often been stated that wrestling was McGregor’s greatest weakness. Other WWE superstars including AJ Styles, Chris Jericho, Sasha Banks and Roman Reigns also took their shots at McGregor.

Ultimately, intentional or not, this feud between McGregor and the WWE does more to help than harm McGregor’s mainstream clout. The WWE is a huge organization with millions of fans, which can only help McGregor’s visibility. Whether or not this will be turned into an angle to get McGregor on WWE programming in the near future has yet to be seen. But it’s certainly something you cannot count out considering the UFC featherweight champion’s penchant for cross promoting and interest in money.

But before McGregor can ponder a war with the WWE roster, the Irishman must recalibrate and focus on his rematch with Nate Diaz at UFC 202 on Aug. 20. After losing via submission in the second round back in March, McGregor looks to get back on track in the welterweight rematch. And, as always, “Mystic Mac” had his prediction on how things would turn out.

“This time, I’m still going to march forward, I’m still going to press him,” McGregor said. He currently stands as a slight favorite (-125) despite losing his last fight with Diaz according to Sportsbook Review. “I’m still going to bust him but there’s going to be a lot more in the tank and I’m going to be a lot more prepared for a man that can stay in there with me. If I was to make a prediction, and I will right now, I believe I will repay the favor and KO him inside the second round.”

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