CONOR McGregor would have been “the biggest star in the WWE” 20 years ago, but would be too “R-rated” to make it in this day, claims Kurt Angle.
UFC star McGregor, 30, has been linked with a move to WWE for years, and recently ramped up the rumours after tweeting WrestleMania 35 winner Becky Lynch.
However, wrestling legend Angle, who retired from the sport at age 50 after WrestleMania 35, told Sky Sports the time frame for The Notorious to join WWE is two decades too late.
I think if he would have picked up on the technique and been able to be him 20 years ago, gosh he would have been the biggest star in the WWE.
Kurt Angle on Conor McGregor
Angle said: “Don’t get me wrong, he’s entertaining, I love watching him perform and compete – but Conor’s more of an R-rated kinda’ superstar.
“I’m not sure if he could pick up on the PG rated thing here. He would have been perfect 20 years ago – perfect.
“As far as picking up the pro wrestling stuff, I think it would have been more difficult for him but I think Conor McGregor could have been a great superstar.
“I think if he would have picked up on the technique and been able to be him 20 years ago, gosh he would have been the biggest star in the WWE.
“I like Conor, I like the way he carries himself – sometimes he does some stupid stuff, but he wouldn’t be Conor McGregor if he didn’t do it.”
Angle himself flirted with the idea of joining fellow amateur wrestling stand out Brock Lesnar to the UFC.
The 1996 Olympic gold medal wrestler was in talks with UFC president Dana White in 2006 and 2010 and was offered a slot on The Ultimate Fighter season 10 – which also featured Kimbo Slice.
McGregor’s UFC future still remains unclear after he announced a shock retirement from MMA two weeks ago – though he seemed to have reversed that decision just four days later.
The Irish star sees his six month octagon suspension expire in two weeks – after he and rival Khabib Nurmagomedov were penalised for a post-fight brawl at UFC 229.
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Nurmagomedov, 30, retained his lightweight title after submitting The Notorious via neck crank – but then the duo began to brawl with their opposition’s entourages.
The rivals have continued their feud online since the October fight, with both fighters sinking to new lows with their goading which led to UFC president Dana White publicly condemning their actions.
McGregor recently told his fans “see you in the Octagon” – as he all but confirmed his plans for a return to the UFC.