Conor McGregor could be making a big appearance at an upcoming event.
It’s well known by now that the UFC lightweight champion is reportedly in talks with WWE for a one-off appearance at WrestleMania 34, according to a report by SunSport in the U.K. The report noted that "a deal is close" with WWE. In the past, it was reported that in January WWE presented McGregor with "a hefty offer," which he declined.
Make no mistake about it, WrestleMania is the biggest PPV (pay-per-view) event of the year for the sports entertainment company. WrestleMania 34 is slated to take place in New Orleans, Louisiana at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on April 8, 2018. WWE first produced the event in 1985 and has since produced 33 editions, with the most recent having been held in Orlando, Florida on April 2, 2017.
WrestleMania was created by WWE Chairman Vince McMahon and long time WWE ring announcer and Hall of Famer Howard Finkel is credited with devising the name "WrestleMania" in 1984. This is just not a wrestling event but a spectacle.
Celebrities such as Aretha Franklin, Cyndi Lauper, Muhammad Ali, Mr. T, Alice Cooper, Lawrence Taylor, Pamela Anderson, Mike Tyson, Donald Trump, Floyd Mayweather, Pete Rose, Burt Reynolds, Mickey Rourke, Snoop Dogg, Sean "Diddy" Combs, Kid Rock, Fred Durst, Ozzy Osbourne, Ronda Rousey, and Shaquille O'Neal have participated or made special appearances at the event in the past.
If you recall, McGregor drew the ire of several wrestling stars when he decided to take shots at various talents during a media conference call in 2016. The UFC champion stated that he did respect some of "the old G's of the game" like The Rock and Ric Flair, the today's stars are "dweebs."
"The rest are dweebs," McGregor said. "What's the main guy? John Cena. He's 40, he's 40 years of age. He's walking around in a illuminous orange t-shirt and a headband talking about [how] no one can see him. We can see him right there, he's a big fat 40 year old failed Mr. Olympia motherf--ker! They're dweebs, those guys!
"Like I said, no disrespect to the Dons of the game," he continued. "I mean Vinny Mac's a f--king legend. They wrote Vinny Mac a couple of years ago, then he rose back up and he's back in the billionaires club. What he's been able to do with that bunch of dweebs he has over there at the moment has been phenomenal, and I respect him for that. And then, of course, the old G's of the game - The Rock, Stone Cold - they're all cool mother f--kers. Even Ric Flair's a cool mother f--ker... but that new age of those guys are absolute dweebs... it ain't trash talk, it's true talk!"
If McGregor would be allowed to wrestle at the event, then we have come up with some top names that could potentially be his opponent. These are not dream matches but rather matches that could actually happen. He could face Triple H or Roman Reigns or John Cena or Shane McMahon.
Triple H is known to have one of the biggest matches on the card at the event, and it would make sense due to the fact that he will be the man in charge of WWE once Vince McMahon is gone.
Reigns is someone who WWE has been pushing to be the next top guy of the company over the last few years. Originally, the main event for this show was Reigns challenging Brock Lesnar for the Universal Title. WWE could always change those plans if they are able to get McGregor.
Cena has been the face of the company for the past decade. “Big Match John” would be an obvious choice. Also, with his status in Hollywood continuing to increase, it could bring in more people who usually do not watch wrestling.
Shane McMahon is an interesting name. If WWE didn’t want “The Game” to wrestle the UFC Champion, then Shane would be a great opponent. Two brawlers who would have a slugfest. Plus, you could have Shane bump around for McGregor.