Paul Heyman gives his opinion on Conor McGregor joining the WWE roster
If Conor McGregor ever decides to make the jump from mixed martial arts to professional wrestling, he’s got the best promo man in the history of the business on his side.
Paul Heyman — best known as the mouthpiece for former UFC champion and WWE superstar Brock Lesnar — loves the idea of McGregor taking a run at professional wrestling at some point in the future.
“It’d be great if he was. He’s a main line box office attraction. He’s a headline news grabber. I think it’d be great for WWE and I think it would be even better for Conor McGregor,” Heyman said on “Bring It to the Table” on the WWE Network on Monday.
Rumors have swirled for months that McGregor might dabble in WWE after he riled up the entire roster with a message on his Twitter account following some comments made about Lesnar earlier this year while promoting his rematch with Nate Diaz at UFC 202.
I didn't mean no disrespect to the @wwe fans. What I meant to say was that I'd slap the head off your entire roster. And twice on Sunday's.
— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) August 7, 2016
Heyman couldn’t help but laugh when that message was brought up, especially considering the reaction McGregor received from many of the top stars on the WWE roster.
“Suckers. Hook line and sink,” Heyman said about the reaction to McGregor.
Heyman says watching WWE superstars calling out McGregor on Twitter is just proof of the kind of star power he attracts by sending out a lone message before the internet explodes with a million different reactions.
Even now with McGregor on the sidelines awaiting the birth of his first baby in May, Heyman notes that they are still talking about him on WWE programming, which just proves his drawing power once again.
“There are people mentioning him by name here using our platforms to promote him. He’s not mentioning anybody by name here. Why? Because he has a platform all of his own,” Heyman said. “That makes him a huge box office attraction, being promoted by other box office attractions that spend their equity talking about him.
“Kudos to him. He outsmarted everybody, except for me, except for Brock Lesnar.”
WWE COO Triple H (real name Paul Levesque) was in attendance at McGregor’s last fight against Eddie Alvarez in November and even he admitted that the Irishman had huge crossover potential with the professional wrestling audience.
Of course, McGregor has no actual background in professional wrestling but his name alone would attract a massive audience to any WWE show where he would appear. Even McGregor’s manager said that they’d be willing to entertain an offer if WWE came calling.
It was just two years ago when fellow UFC star Ronda Rousey made a brief appearance at WrestleMania and she received a huge amount of attention for a two-minute segment in the ring alongside “The Rock” Dwayne Johnson, Triple H and Stephanie McMahon.
Considering McGregor’s star power as the biggest draw in combat sports today, he could probably attract an even larger audience than Rousey if he appeared on WWE programming.
Heyman loves the idea and even welcomes McGregor to join his stable of athletes.
“The smartest play for Conor McGregor is to become the very first Paul McHeyman guy,” Heyman said with a smile. “(WWE) that’s where I am right now. I’m not going to him, he’s going to have to come to me.”