When is Conor McGregor going to learn to don’t step on Superman’s cape? You don’t spit in the wind. You don’t pull the mask of the Lone Ranger and you certainly don’t challenge John Cena’s accomplishments in and out of a wrestling ring.
The takeoff of an old Jim Croce song is the perfect background for the latest news about McGregor – who seems to be angling for a match in WWE at some point – possibly by the end of the year. The UFC star has had plenty to say about the wrestling company of late, calling out superstars and making his feelings known about what he does versus what stars like Cena do for a living.
Calling out Cena might be the wrong thing to do.
“The main guy, John Cena, he’s 40 years of age and he’s running around in a luminous orange t-shirt and a head band, talking about nobody can see him. We can see him right there. He’s a big fat, 40-year-old failed Mr. Olympia motherf****r.”
The banter back and forth between the MMA star and the likes of Chris Jericho and Roman Reigns makes it seem like this is a work to the nth degree, something that I would hate to see happen at a future pay-per-view event. At 5’9” and 170 pounds, where does the mighty mite fit in should he get in the ring?
It’s one thing to make a blanket statement about Vince McMahon’s world, it’s another to call out Cena singularly, as if to say the welterweight is in the same class as the 251-pounder and 15-time world champion.
Honestly, I cannot believe I am writing this piece as I see UFC as something completely different than the episodic soap opera we watch on Monday and Tuesday nights. While Brock Lesnar’s UFC 200 match helped to bridge the gap between the two entities and there has been some “love” shared back and forth of late, there isn’t a comparison worth having at the moment.
In the interest of WWE trying to forge ahead with a new concept of branding, new programming and pay-per-view events that now mean something, could McGregor just shut the hell up? This is the same guy who said he would fight Floyd Mayweather for $100 million in a cash box.
There have been many times when WWE has used gimmicks and programming involving other “sports” to entertain the masses at pay-per-view events. This time, it just does not work. Mike Tyson, Mayweather and even MMA and UFC star Ronda Rousey have been part of pay-per-views that have gotten over with the fans. This attempt, should it be a work, falls flat on its face.
McGregor is the mouthpiece UFC has at the moment. He is brash, self-deprecating and always has something to say – whether it’s about his opponent or the sport or sports in general. He is a breath of fresh air for UFC now that Rousey has taken a backseat and Jon Jones has been in the news because of personal issues. While he does not think highly of him, McGregor is the company’s version of CM Punk – the guy who speaks his mind and reaches the masses.
But taking shots at Cena is uncalled for.
I suspect there will be more “dating” by both companies since Lesnar’s match at UFC 200 was a success despite the allegations of doping. I still believe Rousey will get in a WWE ring in the future. But McGregor is just out to spew venom, to prepare for his upcoming UFC 202 fight and to once again turn the sports world back in his direction. Should he get in a WWE ring before the end of 2016, would fans really care and more importantly, who does the company set up to challenge the guy who thinks he is bigger than he is, but does have a real challenger to shut him up?