The long-running story involving Ronda Rousey’s move to pro wrestling looks to be nearing completion.
Ever since Ronda Rousey was defeated by Amanda Nunes in under a minute in December 2016 at UFC 207, there has been much talk about her moving on from MMA and into a career in pro wrestling. After a successful appearance at WrestleMania 31 back in 2015 it seemed like a natural move when her UFC career wrapped up, and she was continually courted publicly by WWE executives Stephanie McMahon and Paul Levesque, aka Triple H.
Earlier this year, the WWE decided to bring in the best female talent from around the world to compete in the Mae Young Classic. Rousey’s Four Horsewomen stablemate and close friend Shayna Baszler, also a former UFC fighter, was included in the tournament. Rousey and the other Horsewomen, Jessamyn Duke and Marina Shafir, were in attendance as Baszler made the finals of the tournament. They even built a storyline rivalry with the WWE’s version of the Four Horsewomen, based around Charlotte Flair.
Now it appears that Rousey will finally be making a commitment to the pro wrestling promotion, much like Baszler already has.
According to MMA Junkie, sources have confirmed that Rousey is going to finalize her deal with WWE ahead of a possible appearance at WrestleMania 34 in April. Rousey and WWE haven’t offered comments on it, but two of Rousey’s biggest supporters – UFC president Dana White and Judo Gene LeBell – have spoken on it. And they have very differing views on the subject.
White doesn’t want it to happen:
“I wouldn’t want to see it. I wouldn’t want it to happen. I care about her. She has got money … and all that stuff. I don’t want to see it happen.”
LeBell supports her fully though:
“I love Ronda, and anything she can do to make money for her and her new husband then I am rooting for her. She will get a lot of money, and that’s great.”
Rousey has been training at WWE’s Performance Center in Orlando, and also working with local wrestlers in Southern California where she resides. While they haven’t pulled the trigger on it, it would seem like the most natural angle to involve her in would be the Horsewomen vs. Horsewomen deal.