Talks of Ronda Rousey joining WWE aren’t anything new, and speculation that the lifelong wrestling fan and former UFC women’s bantamweight champion would one day join the company had ramped up when “Rowdy” Ronda made an appearance with Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson at a WrestleMania 31 segment. Now, it would appear that there’s a chance Rousey may be crossing over from mixed martial arts to sports entertainment on a more permanent basis, as WWE chief brand officer and on-air authority figure Stephanie McMahon reportedly wants her in the wrestling ring.
As we saw two years ago at WrestleMania 31, Stephanie McMahon and Ronda Rousey did not get along in storyline. At that time, Rousey was then the hottest name in the UFC, outshining male competitors regarding media exposure, and arguably, talent level. And she had quickly distinguished herself in her appearance, as she helped The Rock break up a promo from The Authority (Stephanie and her husband, Paul “Triple H” Levesque), specifically telling the “Billion Dollar Princess” that she “owns every ring she is in.” Ronda and The Rock then teamed up to get Stephanie and Triple H out of the ring, earning huge applause from the crowd at the Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara.
That segment may have been all about scripted entertainment, but in the real world, it seems that Stephanie McMahon would really want Ronda Rousey to join WWE, not to take revenge for the embarrassment at WrestleMania 31, but rather because of her drawing power as a top female talent in UFC.
According to a report from SF Gate, McMahon made some comments at last week’s Fortune Most Powerful Women Next Gen Summit at Laguna Niguel, Calif., suggesting that she would like to hire Rousey for the WWE if the opportunity came about. While her remarks on the decorated bantamweight mixed martial artist were brief, she also did suggest that she has “loosely talked to” Ronda, though nothing is official as of this writing.
“We would love to have her at WWE.”
Rousey is scheduled to take on Amanda Nunes for the women’s bantamweight title at UFC 207 on December 30, marking her long-awaited return to MMA competition, more than one year after suffering her first career loss and dropping her belt to Holly Holm at UFC 193. It was one of the most shocking MMA upsets of 2015, and Ronda admitted in some interviews, including one with Ellen DeGeneres (as quoted by News.com.au), to suffering from depression after her loss to Holm.
Thirteen months later, Ronda has recovered from her UFC 193 shocker, and one has to wonder whether Ronda Rousey is ready to join WWE, regardless whether she wins or loses against Nunes. WrestlingNews.co believes that is a strong possibility for the near future, citing her love for pro wrestling, her plans to retire from MMA after “a few” more fights, and WWE’s plans to lure a top MMA fighter to appear at WrestleMania 33.
“Rousey has came out and said that she plans to fight a few more times before she moves full-time into acting. She is a big wrestling fan, so there’s a very good chance that she’ll work with WWE again and it would be easier for WWE to negotiate with her if UFC is out of the picture.”
If everything goes according to plan, WrestlingNews.co thinks this may lead to an appearance at WWE’s top pay-per-view attraction of 2017, WrestleMania 33, which takes place in Orlando, Florida on April 2.
“It’s possible that WWE and Rousey work out a deal that would see Rousey appear at the event.”
At this point, it’s still impossible to say with certainty whether Ronda Rousey will join WWE or not as a full-time, or even a part-time competitor. But Stephanie McMahon’s genuine interest in “Rowdy” Ronda is a good sign indeed, and one that could bode to an appearance in the near future, perhaps at WrestleMania 33.
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