At WrestleMania 31, fans received a huge surprise when Stephanie McMahon and Triple H came to the ring after Triple H beat Sting to talk down to the fans. That brought out The Rock to stand up to McMahon, but she dressed The Rock down, basically emancipating him. The Rock had a backup plan, though. The Rock went to the crowd and brought UFC champion Ronda Rousey to the ring with him.
Rousey then hip-tossed Triple H and then locked an armbar on Stephanie McMahon, making her tap and run. Most WWE fans assumed that would mean a match at WrestleMania 32, possibly either between Ronda Rousey and Stephanie McMahon or a mixed tag team match with The Rock and Ronda Rousey taking on Stephanie McMahon and Triple H. Neither happened and UFC President Dana White basically forbid Rousey from competing there.
However, since that moment, Ronda Rousey lost her UFC title and has not fought since. 411mania reported that McMahon did a recent interview with a Fox Sports podcast and the subject of Ronda Rousey came up. McMahon made it clear that she indeed wants to see Rousey in the WWE ring again one day.
“Anything can happen. I’ve been chomping at the bit for a long time to have Ronda as a part of the WWE, but she has a few other things on her roadmap I think.”
Part of the things on the roadmap that Stephanie McMahon is talking about would be a rematch for her UFC women’s title. Looking back. Holly Holm beat Ronda Rousey for the UFC Women’s Bantamweight Championship in November 2015, which was Rousey’s first loss. However, before Rousey could get her rematch, Holm lost the title in her first defense to Miesha Tate, also Holm’s first loss.
Meisha Tate will next fight Valentina Shevchenko on July 23, but UFC President Dana White says Ronda Rousey will get her rematch. This would be the third time that Rousey and Tate will fight if Tate holds onto her title. The other two fights saw Rousey win by submission in one round and Rousey win by submission in three rounds. With that past history, Rousey would be the favorite to win her title back, which would put a WWE debut on hold even longer.
This month, Brock Lesnar is returning to the UFC, despite still being under contract to the WWE. That makes it seem like the WWE and UFC might have some kind of relationship building. If that is true, the WWE letting Lesnar fight for the UFC might eventually lead to the UFC allowing Rousey to make appearances for the WWE, possibly even resulting in a one-off match to pay off the Stephanie McMahon angle.
The Inquisitr previously reported that the WWE is not openly supporting Brock Lesnar’s return to the UFC, based on the fact that a loss promoted by the WWE would hurt Lesnar’s bankability. However, it is obvious the WWE is letting Lesnar fight again, and this could be the biggest reason. Brock Lesnar fights Mark Hunt at UFC 200, and a win could make Lesnar an even bigger draw, but a loss could hurt his credibility going forward, even in the scripted world of the WWE.
A WWE return for Ronda Rousey seems like something the former UFC Champion wants as well. After her WrestleMania moment, Rousey told WWE.com that “there’s no way, after getting a taste like that, I could never go back in for seconds.” If Stephanie McMahon gets her way, Ronda Rousey and the WWE will see their dreams come true one day in the future, but not until Rousey takes care of some unfinished business in the UFC.
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