John Cena has discussed the possibility of former two-weight UFC Champion Conor McGregor competing in WWE and says he’d love to see it happen.
Few have conquered the world of professional wrestling like Cena who recently was gunning for his record-breaking seventeenth world championship against Roman Reigns at SummerSlam. In the world of MMA, there is perhaps nobody that has conquered that sport in recent years like Irishman Conor McGregor.
Now speaking to Dan Patrick on That Scene, John Cena has explained what it takes to make it in the world of professional wrestling and why he’d love to see the brash McGregor make that leap:
“It’s imagination, period, point blank, it’s scripted narrative. It’s entertainment. You have to buy into that reality. If you don’t believe you’re a piece of that world we’re in or your opponent is a piece of that world, it doesn’t work. I don’t watch much MMA or anything. To me, it’s true fight sport, but then a guy like [Conor] McGregor comes along with a wonderful personality and will talk people into the building. You either root for him or root against him and you buy his fight, like (Floyd) Mayweather or [Muhammad] Ali, they talk about developing that great personality and believing in it. The way to make people buy into you as a WWE personality is to drop the make believe of it and make it a reality and believe in what you do.”
He’d be fantastic. He is what we do. It’s a little less predictable. Our surprises are getting people to show up at random and weave the ‘choose your own adventure’ into a different alley. His surprises are getting a few teeth knocked out or getting an operation. Not to say that this doesn’t happen with us, mistakes happen, but in his profession, it’s not a mistake. I hope [he makes an appearance] because I want to see it. At my core, I’m a fan. He’s interesting and has a gravity about him. I want to see him perform.”
Conor McGregor’s last fight came at UFC 264 against American Top Team’s Dustin Poirier. Poirier won the bout by doctor stoppage after McGregor broke his leg.
Should McGregor enter the world of WWE he will be by no means the first mixed martial artist to do so. Both Ken Shamrock and Dan ‘The Beast’ Severn wrestled for the company in the nineties. More recently Brock Lesnar conquered the UFC before returning to WWE and Ronda Rousey became an MMA icon before dominating the women’s division in WWE.