Speaking of dream matches, there are a handful of cream of the crop matchups for McGregor once he’s acclimated to the pace and style of pro wrestling. Let’s get one thing out of the way: Basically every match he would have is a dream match in some way. Hell, I’d take McGregor vs. Heath Slater 10 times out of 10. But the below matches rise above the spectacle of seeing one of the biggest UFC fighters of all time in a WWE ring, and into the realm of potential classics that would be remembered for decades to come. These four opponents are all at the top of their game, in one way or another, and for McGregor to step into the ring with any of them would be a huge step towards validating his choice to hop into the squared circle.
vs. AJ Styles
If you’re going to invest a metric ton of money getting McGregor into WWE, you might as well let him work with the best technical wrestler you have going right now. A match with Styles would not just be a certified classic (if only because In AJ We Trust), but it would also allow McGregor a chance to play his natural heel self both in the ring and on the mic. It would take a lot for him to get booed (and if Brock Lesnar is anything to go by, it might never happen), but playing the heel against a beloved babyface like Styles is one way to do it. Meanwhile, AJ can carry McGregor through prep and the match itself, making sure the biggest investment in WWE history looks like a zillion bucks. Phenomenal vs. Notorious? Sign us up.
vs Shinsuke Nakamura
I know, I know: this is the dream match you never knew you needed in your life. It’s impossible to say who is the more charismatic between the King of Strong Style and The Notorious McGregor, but what is easy to see is that this would be a spectacle and a half. If anyone in WWE is ready to go toe-to-toe with a stiff-hitting McGregror, it’s Nakamura, and honestly, there’s no way this wouldn’t deliver. At the very worst, the ring entrances alone would be worth having this match. Plus, I feel like Nakamura’s reactions to McGregor’s trash-talking would take on a whole new level of “flamboyant.”
vs. Roman Reigns
This would be the Sheamus feud turned up to 11, basically; McGregor would be the overwhelming crowd favorite, but low-key, Roman would be the star of this feud. Between letting McGregor hit him almost for real (see: WrestleMania 31 main event vs. Brock Lesnar for example of how willing Roman is to get brutalized), and reveling in the crowd hatred against a seemingly-unworthy newcomer, Reigns’s smug levels would be through the roof. Plus, I want McGregor to be the first person to properly counter the Spear into a submission that gets Roman to tap out. Is that too much to ask for?
vs. John Cena
You know Big Match John is going to want a piece of this action, don’t you? Here’s the crazy part: This could be the best top-to-bottom program that WWE could hand McGregor. In one corner, you’ve got the biggest MMA star in the world (or second, hi Ronda), coming into the squared circle to face off the biggest pro wrestling star of the last decade. This is a WrestleMania main event topped by very few others in terms of hype and star power (spoilers: we’re going to top it shortly). This is John Cena vs. The Rock on steroids, and hopefully with less gay bashing. We’ve already established that McGregor would be a force on the mic, and Cena is one of the best talkers in the very specific WWE style. Plus, I want to see McGregor punch Cena in the face after John goes for a condescending “fine speech.”