Jim Ross Believes Contact Has Been Made Between Conor McGregor & WWE, Talks Ronda Rousey & Lesnar’s WWE Futures

WWE Hall of Famer Jim Ross recently joined Submission Radio to share his thoughts on MMA fighters crossing over to WWE. Below are some interview highlights, along with the full interview in the video player above.
Speaking about McGregor possibly coming to the WWE, Ross explained why he’s on Vince McMahon’s radar:
“Oh yeah, Vince knows who Conor McGregor is. You know, Vince doesn’t live on Uranus. He’s pretty well read, he pays attention, he pays attention. And Paul Levesque (Triple H) certainly knows who Conor McGregor is. Look, I don’t have this concrete information or source telling me all that good stuff, I would be very surprised if the two parties on some level haven’t had some kind of communication. It may be lawyer to lawyer, probably that more than anything, but just to feel out interest. Conor is another global star and Conor will sell wrestling tickets, because for a one-off, for a one-time deal he’ll sell tickets to see how he’s going to do. And he strikes me as the kind of guy that has such a competitive ego that he will do anything to not fail, to not look bad. And I cross off the attraction exhibition match he had with Floyd Mayweather. You know, they both got rich, richer. Good for them, I’m happy, but it wasn’t, it didn’t do any wonders for any one of their careers or in boxing. Their bankers loved it, and that’s all that matters. But I think Conor would be a major hit there because, a) he can talk, and that’s half the battle. And again, he’s competitive so he wouldn’t want to embarrass himself. So I think somewhere down the road if the stars align, that’s another guy that would be (a perfect fit for the WWE).”
With other WWE wrestler frustrated by McGregor’s trash talk, Ross explained why times have changed from the Roddy Piper day’s and there would be no issues for McGregor in the locker room:
“Different generation, different time. The thing about the theory that you mentioned there of Conor coming in and making a big payday and leaving, well, while he’s getting to that payday and at that payday he’s generating revenue for the company, and the talent share in the revenues on the discretionary payroll. So, all Conor is gonna do is cook bigger pies for the wrestlers to get a bigger slice. And they’re like some of the guys on social media are like a lot of fans, fellas, they’re keyboard warriors. They’re brave as hell when they’re on their little keypad and they’ll say anything they want to say because they’re safe, they’re protected, but when Conor’s around I gotta believe that they would grab it. How many selfies are they gonna be taking with Conor in the locker room if he came in? He’d be deloused. So I don’t look at that, no issue whatsoever. And you know, Roddy (Piper) was a different spirit. There’s no Roddy Pipers in these dressing rooms, let’s put it that way. And I don’t mean that negatively at all, Roddy was an amazing, he was a wild west survivor and he grew up hard and he was a different cat than some of the kids now. You know, Roddy, probably like me, he had a hard time turning on a computer much less using one. Roddy was a man’s man and had a lot of pride, and that’s just how he was broken in the business. So I don’t think it would be an issue whatsoever. If I were talents, I would be ecstatic, because you know that when Conor McGregor would appear on Monday Night Raw the ratings will be skyrocketing. What’s he gonna do? What’s next? Could you believe what they did? And you could do that for several weeks of episodic booking that would lead to the crescendo, the Wrestlemania match, whatever it might be. So I see nothing but winners in that scenario.”
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With Rousey rumored to make her WWE return, Ross doesn’t agree with critics who think the move is too late as her legacy has taken a beating after losing two fights in a row:

“It will be as successful now as it would have been then. She’s a star and her star’s shining, and I think some of those fans that actually had the nerve to say that she was not as good as we thought she was, is pretty ignorant. She changed the game, she opened the door that these other women are walking through and making a bunch of money. And Gina Carrano will get a lot of that credit, and she should, but Ronda was the one who put the thing on the map and Ronda was the one who got into the UFC and opened the door for all these other women. Now they’ve got weight classes as you guys know, and there’s a lot of young women that here to forward would not have made a dime really in fighting if it hadn’t been for a platform like UFC.”
“Ronda’s a star and I would’ve been as motivated to sign her now as I would’ve been five years ago.”
“I don’t know if it’s official or not, but I’ve said for a long, long time that she was a fit made in box office heaven for WWE. Ronda has got amazing name identity globally, she’s a legit deal. I have amazing respect for her because you’ve got to remember, at one time none of the major MMA promotions were gonna promote women. Certainly, in the UFC they said no way, no how. But then all of sudden Ronda goes, she’s in Strikeforce and gets to be hugely popular, people love that hip lock and her submissions. She’s got charisma, she’s a beautiful woman, I just think there’s a perfect fit there. And whether she signs for a one-off or a short-term or a handful of matches, I have no idea, but obviously, if she does sign, one would assume that it would have something to do with a Wrestlemania appearance. And I would love to see that in New Orleans this year. I’ll be down there and I’d love to see her compete because she will train with the same intensity, the same desire to be great at that genre as she did in MMA. And of course, we all know that the outcomes are predetermined, all the stuff – and I talk to a lot of sports guys, they wanna make sure I know that they know that wrestling is entertainment. Well, thanks for the heads up, right? You should have got that early on, but I’m glad the light switch has been flipped – but she will work as hard to be ready because she’ll wanna steal the show, she’ll want to go out and certainly not embarrass herself, but to excel. So she raised a lot of cash to the dance. And you look around the roster to people she could wrestle theoretically, it’s really impressive, there are some match-ups. Ronda Rousey and the undefeated Asuka at Wrestlemania. Something’s got to give, right? You got Charlotte and Ronda Rousey. I’d love to see that. So there’s a lot of talents here. You could go down the list of all the great women WWE’s signed and there’s a story there for Ronda, cause every woman can make the story that I want to be the one that beats Ronda Rousey, so she’s not gonna come to my world and dominate like she did MMA and the UFC and so forth. So I think it’s inevitable, I just don’t know when or where, but to me, like I said earlier, Ronda Rousey in WWE is a match made in box office heaven.”
Finally Ross also explained why he feels we won’t see Brock Lesnar back in the UFC:
“I don’t see him getting back into MMA. Now, I might be wrong on that one, but I don’t see that being a fit for him going forward.”
“He’s been there, done that. He got that one more match when he beat Mark Hunt at UFC 200 – I was there by the way, so I saw it in person – he’s 39, what is he 40? You know, MMA fans jones about Lesnar being gone because the MMA in general is lacking superstars, they’re lacking box office attractions. They’re no different than any pro wrestling promotion in the world, their job is to create superstars that people demand to see more of. And right now, of course with the fighting as it is, you’re lucky to have three fights a year if you stay healthy, and there are no major stars that are early 20’s, young guys who are like the next big thing. I don’t know who that is. And everybody’s got an opinion, but the MMA world in general, the reason people are jonesing for Lesnar is because they’ve got nobody better to cheer for right now. That’s why they wanted Georges St-Pierre back, that’s why they want Cain Velasquez back in the ring, they want Conor McGregor to fight again. We’re not missing any new names here. I’m mentioning all these dudes that have got some mileage and track records.”
If there’s a chance we see Brock Lesnar not re-sign with the WWE, and if so, where he would go:
“I don’t know the answer to your question, but I’ll tell you this, if I were advising him – I’m not by the way – I would say, you’re going to leave to do what? Are you going to leave to retire and not do anything but hunt and raise your sons and be a good husband to your wife? I don’t know, are you going to launch another career? Some guys like to do that, sometimes they need new challenges. I read that he might be the son of the, in the Rocky movie, (Apollo) Creed’s opponent that got beat by the Russian guy and he may play that Russian guy’s son. I read that. I had no idea if that was even true, but I don’t know why you’d even want to leave. He’s got a beautiful schedule, he’s making well north of seven figures a year, and he works part-time and he has fun. I don’t know why you would… I would say this, it might answer your question with a question, leave to do what that’s better? Plus, he can still be contracted to WWE and make movies or things like that. I don’t see him getting back into MMA. Now, I might be wrong on that one, but I don’t see that being a fit for him going forward. But I can certainly see him in Hollywood, I can certainly see him doing other things like that, but that’s not really his style either. He likes to be home or working at the wrestling, so I don’t know why he would want to leave, other than the obvious with scheduling and so forth, my boys are getting older. But he’s got a great gig, man, and I think he really embraces it and appreciates it.”