Conor McGregor Teases WWE Space; JR on Stone Chilly’s Return; WWE Rumors on Pat McAfee

CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 21: Conor McGregor is seen during the 75th annual Cannes film festival on May 21, 2022 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Edward Berthelot/GC Images)

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McGregor Teases WrestleMania Appearance

UFC neatly-known particular person Conor McGregor spoke with MMA reporter Ariel Helwani on Thursday and dropped a doable WWE-related tease in the assignment.

Helwani tweeted a photograph of himself and McGregor with McGregor holding the Money in the Bank briefcase:

Ariel Helwani @arielhelwani

Next end … ‘Mania?

(📸 @DavidGbd)

The tweet incorporated the caption, “Next end … ‘Mania?” resulting in hypothesis that McGregor may presumably even have some involvement with the upcoming WrestleMania 39 occasion at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, California, on April 1 and a pair of.

WWE even added some gasoline to the proverbial fireplace by tweeting the eyes emoji in response:



The 34-year-extinct McGregor is amongst the glorious draws and glorious opponents in UFC historical previous, proudly owning a 22-6 skilled file with 19 wins by device of knockout. He can even be a outmoded UFC featherweight and lightweight champion.

McGregor’s success has waned in unique years, as he has lost three of his previous four fights, and he hasn’t fought since UFC 264 in July 2021 when he broke his leg against Dustin Poirier.

While the Irishman has been attempting to work his device back into the fold at UFC, it is unclear how for a ways longer he intends to battle.

Quite a lot of outmoded MMA stars have made a a hit transition to WWE in the previous, including Ken Shamrock and Ronda Rousey, and McGregor may presumably even have the personality to exceed both of them.

WWE has prolonged cherished neatly-known particular person involvement, especially at WrestleMania, so there is diminutive doubt the company would welcome McGregor with delivery fingers if he wants a job on the Grandest Stage of Them All.

JR Talks Stone Chilly Presumably Exhibiting at WrestleMania

AEW commentator and WWE Corridor of Famer Jim Ross commented this week on the doable of fellow Corridor of Famer “Stone Chilly” Steve Austin having some involvement with WrestleMania 39.

Speaking on his Grilling JR podcast (h/t WrestlingInc’s Ross Berman), Ross said the following about why he believes Austin hasn’t officially been made segment of the WrestleMania card to this level: “It appropriate tells me they have not attain up with the exact belief that makes him contented.”

JR added that he believes Austin may presumably be at WrestleMania “if equipped a space on the cardboard,” but he speculated WWE “didn’t attain up with a theory that he became excessive ample on.”

If WWE and The Texas Rattlesnake stop attain to phrases on some form of settlement, Ross expects it to be a segment of some form in preference to a match.

Austin had been retired from in-ring motion for 19 years sooner than making his return final year at WrestleMania 38. Austin had been advertised for an look on The KO Point to with Kevin Owens, but it grew to turn into into a No Holds Barred match as a alternative, with Austin a hit.

Dave Meltzer of Wrestling Observer Radio (h/t WrestlingInc’s Eric Teach) reported the 58-year-extinct Austin had been equipped a WrestleMania match against Brock Lesnar but grew to turn into it down. He also reportedly grew to turn into down a match against Roman Reigns, though it is unclear if that would have took method at WrestleMania.

Extra lately, Fightful’s Sean Ross Sapp (h/t H Jenkins of reported that WWE had made extra WrestleMania pitches to Austin, including a match or segment with LA Knight.

If Austin is delivery to doing one thing a diminutive bit less extensive than the prolonged match he had final year, a segment with an arresting heel admire Knight ending in a Stone Chilly Stunner may presumably also fulfill all events alive to.

McAfee Reportedly Now not Returning to WWE Commentary Almost at the moment

Dilapidated NFL punter and unique multimedia huge title Pat McAfee became a cherished resolve at some level of his year as a color commentator on SmackDown alongside Michael Cole, but he may presumably also no longer form his return to the lisp table in the shut to future.

In line with Meltzer (h/t Felix Upton of Ringside Info), Wade Barrett’s role as SmackDown color analyst is now “permanent” and WWE has no plans for McAfee to attain back “as of exact now.”

McAfee stepped a ways from his SmackDown responsibilities in September 2022 to employ a job on ESPN’s College Gameday with the expectation that he would return to WWE as soon as the college soccer season became over.

While McAfee did form a shock examine Royal Rumble in January as a commentator alongside Cole and Corey Graves, he has no longer been back on SmackDown.

That has resulted in about a hypothesis that McAfee may presumably also very effectively be performed with WWE entirely, but the host of the Pat McAfee Point to tweeted Thursday that he peaceable has “huge” plans on this planet of WWE:

Pat McAfee @PatMcAfeeShow

A form of wrestling chatter about me exact now..

I take into fable wrestling day to day..that dream is no longer performed.

My business is currently reasonably energetic and exigent…+ diminutive one on the device in which…timing is all the issues

I peaceable have MASSIVE plans for my poke to the WWE HOF sometime.

Take into consideration that.

Whether that system an eventual return to commentary or in-ring motion is no longer yet identified by anyone diversified than McAfee and these internal WWE.

McAfee has wrestled a handful of matches in WWE, and he has impressed with his athleticism whenever. That incorporated a comprise over Austin Conception final year at WrestleMania 38.

It is seemingly a diminutive bit slack in the game for him to have a match at WrestleMania 39 except WWE does one thing impromptu.

Although he would not wrestle, WWE would for creep admire to have him and his huge title energy at WrestleMania in some capability.

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