Conor McGregor’s comments about Brock Lesnar and professional wrestling ruffled some feathers in the WWE ranks last week, garnering reactions from several wrestlers on social media. Never one to back down, McGregor took aim at top WWE star John Cena and had plenty more to say during a media day in Las Vegas this week.
“What’s the main guy? John Cena. He’s 40. He’s 40 years of age. He’s walking around in a luminous orange t-shirt and a headband talking about nobody can see him. We can see him right there. He’s a big fat, 40-year-old failed Mr. Olympia motherf***er,” McGregor quipped (transcribed by MMAFighting.com).
“I don’t know what to say to Ric Flair,” McGregor added, addressing Flair’s claim that the Irishman has simply stolen his gimmick and demeanor. “This ain’t no gimmick. This is the real s***. I’ve gotta get in and fight a man for real. With no script, with no nothing. He was talking about bringing some other wrestler guys out to challenge me. Come bring it, then. This is the real s*** over here. You know want to come over, we can fight no problem. A few of them are talking about the street and all. If they want to do that, come at me and see what happens.”
From there, McGregor gave his respect to one subset in the pro wrestling game while denigrating the rest of the WWE’s roster.
“Like I said, no disrespect to the dons of the game, the McMahons,” McGregor said. “[WWE CEO Vince McMahon] is a f***ing legend. They wrote Vinny off a few years ago when he dropped from the billions and then he rose back up and now he’s back in the billionaire club. What he’s been able to do with that bunch of dweebs he has over there at the moment has been phenomenal and I respect him for that. And then of course the OGs of the game, The Rock, Stone Cold, they’re cool mother f***ers. Even Ric Flair is a cool mother f***er.
“I’m just speaking the truth. That new age of those guys are absolute dweebs. They just seem messed up in the head. I don’t know what it is. When I listen to them talk, when I listen to them carry themselves, they just don’t seem right in the head. That might have been a bit rudeness for me to say, but again: It ain’t trash talk, it’s truth talk.”
Penick’s Analysis: If anyone expected McGregor to care all that much about the opinions of pro wrestlers, he’s pretty handily shrugged them aside. But this is what he does; he’s got plenty to say about a lot of people, so if he’s given any type of ammunition to work with verbally he’s going to use it. The responses he got simply gave him more to say, and if he gets further responses in kind he’s likely to have something even more insulting to say.
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