Conor McGregor is arguably the biggest name as well as the biggest talking point in the combat sports fraternity, but the entire roster of the professional wrestling top drawer may not welcome the UFC superstar with open arms, says Big E.
Former UFC double champion Conor McGregor suffered his second straight loss to Dustin Poirier at UFC 264 on 11th July and broke his left leg in the process. Having undergone surgery immediately after the loss, McGregor is now in recovery.
In the meantime, speculations are going back and forth regarding ‘Mystic Mac’s potential switch to the squared circle from the Octagon. Such a thing is not alien to the combat sports fraternity, as the examples of Ken Shamrock, a UFC Hall of Famer who starred in WWE and on the other hand, CM Punk switched the wrestling ring to the MMA cage.
On top of that, knowing McGregor’s trash-talking persona that has been pivotal behind the selling point of the events he has been featured in, can work as a positive catalyst in WWE and its pro wrestling gimmick formula.
Big E feels Conor McGregor could be a sore thumb in the “law-obeying” WWE locker room
Meanwhile, former WWE Intercontinental Champion Big E, who is the current holder of the men’s Money in the Bank contract, believes the entire roster of WWE might not greet McGregor warmly into their side, despite his popularity and achievements.
“As well as far as his crossover ability, if you ask your neighbor down the street who this is there’s a good chance they’re gonna know who Conor McGregor is,” Big E said in a recent interview with The Sun, “so yeah I would never have a problem with that. Not everyone would welcome him or feel the same but he’s extremely entertaining.
“And I think if he did come to WWE I think he would get a lot of attention. I think he would be worth the investment I’m sure for a lot of people so yeah, I would not have a problem with it.”
However, why Big E feels that McGregor won’t receive a warm welcome from everyone in WWE is due to the controversies that he has gotten himself involved in in the past. For example, the bus incident before UFC 229 to the words he hurled at Jolie Poirier after UFC 264, which Big E believes might cause McGregor some trouble in the WWE locker room.
“For me, I guess the only stuff that bothers me, and it’s not my position to really judge him, but it’s the legal stuff you know what I mean?” Big E continued. “I take some pride in when I look around our locker room, and I’m not saying things are perfect, but I want to be in a locker room with people who are good people who obey the law, you know what I mean? Who aren’t getting in trouble and that’s the only thing.”