Irish UFC megastar Conor McGregor shocked the MMA world—along with the rest of the sports ecosystem—on Tuesday when he announced his retirement from mixed martial arts via short-and-sweet tweet. Skipping over how fantastically McGregor that is, the rumors immediately began buzzing about the 27-year-old fighting icon. Will he make his way into a WWE ring? The most optimistic of wrestling fans took to social media soon after McGregor’s shocking announcement like digital Nancy Drews, noting that @TheNotoriousMMA had recently added certain high-profile WWE personalities to his “following” count:
His coach, John Cavanagh, didn’t quash any of the rumors, and in fact added fuel to the fire with an Instagram post comparing his future role to WWE Hall of Fame manager Jimmy Hart:
A photo posted by Coach Kavanagh (@coach_kavanagh) on Apr 19, 2016 at 2:23pm PDT
WWE, not one to ever sit on mainstream buzz quietly, quickly threw up a video on their website, speculating whether McGregor was on his way to the company. Not that this means much, but they did the same sort of speculation regarding AJ Styles, Shinsuke Nakamura, Karl Anderson, and Luke Gallows; all four of those men are now employed by the company in one way or another.
Now, however, we know that McGregor was just bluffing, and his retirement is not, in fact, a permanent one from MMA. For now, it appears that the WWE dream is dead, but that doesn’t mean we can’t speculate.
What WOULD a Conor McGregor run in pro wrestling look like?
We all know he’s a legit fighter the likes of which wrestling hasn’t seen since Brock Lesnar returned in 2012, and he would probably be in the top 10 percent of talkers in WWE right off the bat. While he may not have the wrestling knowledge to pace matches correctly and sell like a pro, he seems like someone dedicated to whatever his craft may be. Plus, WWE has plenty of talented grapplers who can guide him through at least a “good” match if not a great one. And if he does get it off the bat and turns out to be a decent (or better) pro wrestler? To quote Sasha Banks’s theme song, “Sky’s the Limit.”
So, with that in mind, here’s how we’re fantasy booking McGregor’s initial run in WWE.