With several days removed from Conor McGregor’s latest tirade against WWEand its current roster of stars, opinions are divided on the Irishman. Many wrestling fans, MMA lovers or not, have lost respect for him, and are openly rooting for Nate Diaz, whom he will be facing in the main event of UFC 202 this Saturday. Others believe that McGregor’s words are all part of a bigger plan he has to gain the attention of WWE, and possibly book himself an in-ring appearance. But what’s the deal with the “Notorious” McGregor and his beef or non-beef with pro wrestling as it is right now?

Has McGregor achieved sainthood among those who believe wrestling is fake?

Earlier this month, McGregor gained notoriety, no pun intended, among WWE fans when he called the company’s present wrestlers “messed-up.” He then drew the ire of several current and former WWE wrestlers, including Chris Jericho, Roman Reigns, Kurt Angle, and Ric Flair, when he posted a non-apology on Twitter for his earlier comments, meaning no disrespect against WWE fans, but implying he can “slap the head(s) off” the company’s entire roster.

And on Friday, he struck again, offering some choice words against John Cena, calling him a “40-year-old failed Mr. Olympia” and referring to most of the current batch of WWE performers as “dweebs.”

With those words, McGregor may have ruffled feathers in the wrestling community, but he also got his share of praise, especially in MMA-centric sites such as MMAMania.com. And while a lot of the positive comments came from anonymous posters, the disdain for “fake” wrestling was in there, as these users openly dissedWWE and its fans.

Indeed, there are a lot of mixed martial arts fans who wouldn’t be caught dead watching pro wrestling at this point in their lives, and McGregor’s words echoed everything they feel about sports entertainment.

The whole thing may be a “work,” in wrestling parlance

For the most part, however, McGregor’s anti-WWE sentiments have been seen as part of a “work,” or a wrestling term for something scripted. Some in this camp have interpreted the comments as an attempt on his part to deliberately rile up wrestling fans who, conversely, may not be big fans of UFC, and get them to drive up buyrates for UFC 202 due to their desire to see him lose the match against DIaz.

There’s also the possibility he may be trying to cross over to WWE by dissing its wrestlers and fans, thus setting up an angle where he would come in as a heel, or a villain, and probably be booked in a match against one of the company’s wrestlers.

Conor McGregor — An instantwrestling heel

The man’s a good talker, a good self-promoter, and more influenced by pro wrestling promos than he might want to admit. At this point, it could go either way – McGregor may genuinely feel contempt for WWE, or he may also be yanking some chains on purpose.

But regardless of his intent and feelings, he’s just become a ready-made pro wrestling heel. After all, who wouldn’t pay good money to see someone who disrespects the wrestling industry or a major wrestling company and its talent, whether in storyline or in real life, hopefully get his butt kicked in the ring?

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