We've heard the rumours for ages now. Triple H has talked about it. Even the famous strut is a parody of Vince McMahon. But will we see Conor McGregor step foot inside a WWE ring in the near future?
One man who'd have a small bit of an inside track would be Paul Heyman. He was the former owner of ECW, the head of Smackdown's writing team for years and is one of McMahon's most trusted employees. Plus, he's probably the greatest hype man in the world.
Speaking on 'Bring It to the Table', a WWE Network exclusive show, Heyman was questioned about whether he thought the UFC Lightweight Champion fighter was considering crossing promotions
It’d be great if he was. He’s a main line box office attraction. He’s a headline news grabber. I think it’d be great for WWE and I think it would be even better for Conor McGregor.
There are people mentioning him by name here using our platforms to promote him. He’s not mentioning anybody by name here. Why? Because he has a platform all of his own.
Kudos to him. He outsmarted everybody, except for me, except for Brock Lesnar.
He was later asked in a Yahoo Q&A about the tweets which sent most of the WWE roster into overdrive back in August. Would the locker room not be a bit annoyed if the Irishman made an appearance in the future?
If Conor McGregor can be a revenue driver for WWE, if he can sell network subscriptions or if he can sell thousands and tens of thousands of tickets, if he can move millions of T-shirts, who cares if anybody in the locker room likes it or doesn’t like it.
They just have to learn how to accept it or draw more money than Conor McGregor.
Until they can drive the revenue that Conor McGregor drives, then perhaps they should get used to the fact that people like that will always get offers to come in and, as the old saying goes, draw money.
We've seen plenty of cross-platform appearances in the past between WWE and other promotions. Floyd Mayweather fought against The Big Show at Wrestlemania 24. Ronda Rousey made a brief two-minute appearance at Wrestlemania 31 a couple of years ago.
It worked the other way too. Heyman's most famous client in WWE, Brock Lesnar, was allowed fight at UFC 200 by Vince McMahon.
One thing is for sure, it'd be the easiest payday McGregor would ever make. Show his face, maybe say something into a microphone, walk away with a hefty appearance fee and everyone talking about him. Like they always are.