Speaking in a new interview, former Mixed Martial Arts star Riddle has been discussing how UFC star Conor McGregor might fare should he ever sign with WWE.
As arguably the biggest name in MMA, McGregor has been linked with a move to WWE on numerous occasions. The speculation has only increased in recent months as WWE Superstar Becky Lynch provided the voiceover for a hype package for her fellow countryman’s most recent fight.
McGregor is a previous two-weight champion in UFC, in the process becoming the only man to two hold titles across two divisions simultaneously. His most recent big-money foray outside of MMA saw the Irishman take on Floyd Mayweather in a boxing match in August 2017.
In conversation with Riju Dasgupta of Sportskeeda, Riddle discussed the possibility of McGregor making the jump to WWE. The former United States Champion said that the Irishman puts “butts in seats” but might not pass the PG code.
“He’s Conor McGregor. The guy puts butts in seats. The guy has a mouth on him. I don’t know if he would pass the PG WWE code. But I guess he could do his best. At the end of the day, it’s like Jake Paul or any of them…I don’t know how they’re doing it but they get people talking, they’re controversial, they make money with fights and drama.”
Expanding further, Riddle explained that if McGregor came to WWE and put in the work there is no reason why he couldn’t be a success like Ronda Rousey.
“Do I think he’d be a good fit for WWE? If he’s willing to do the work and work hard and put his time in, yeah. Just like Ronda was good. Just like I’m good. But if you think you’re just going to come in, collect a payday which will probably happen and be more like a Cain [Velasquez] situation, where a guy come in, even if he had the skills, only comes in for a show or two. I think it’d be great for business. Conor’s good, marketable, and everything else.”
Conor McGregor is currently recuperating after breaking his leg at UFC 264. The Irish star suffered the injury in the first round of his grudge match with Dustin Poirier.
It was later confirmed that the Irish star suffered fractures both his left tibia and fibula. Immediately after the fight, McGregor vowed to return and avenge his latest defeat.
Back in WWE Riddle failed in his attempts to reunite RK-Bro as Randy Orton returned to Monday Night RAW.
After Orton arrived back on the red brand, Riddle tried to rekindle the partnership, only to be rebuffed by The Viper.
Despite being told not to come to ringside during Orton’s clash with AJ Styles, Riddle arrived as the match headed to a conclusion to help Orton claim victory. After the match, the pair embraced in the ring much to Orton’s discomfort. Although the harmony was short-lived as The Legend Killer quickly hit an RKO on Riddle as the show went off the air.
H/t to Sportskeeda for the transcription.