According to USA Today, one of the most successful UFC fighters in history and pop-culture icon is one signature away from switching careers and entering the world of professional wrestling. This is Rousey’s first flirting with the sports entertainment. Rousey appeared at Wrestlemania 31 alongside The Rock, taking down the Billion-Dollar Princess, Stephanie McMahon in a WWE ring. She’s also accompanied one of her best friends, Shayna Baszler when she was competing in the Mae Young Classic on NXT.
Rousey’s new venture shouldn’t come as a surprise and has been expected for awhile. After suffering a big loss to Holly Holm at UFC 193 and not being able to recapture her UFC Bantamweight Championship from Amanda Nunes one year later changed the trajectory of Rousey’s career in the MMA world. Overall, Rousey will go on to be a legend in the UFC and now it’s time for a new career path. UFC President Dana White said:
“She’s achieved everything she’s wanted to do, she’s made a [expletive]-load of money, and now she actually wants to have a life,”
It’ll be interesting to see what kind of buyrates or WWE Network subscriptions the company will gain with the addition of Rousey. Many are speculating that we could see her debut in the WWE as soon as January, and with the Royal Rumble coming up many fans are guessing we may see a Women’s Royal Rumble match, especially with the addition of Mandy Rose, Sonya Deville, and returning Superstar, Paige to Raw and over on Smackdown Ruby Riott, Sarah Logan, and Liv Morgan coming up to the main roster makes the women’s division stacked.
There will be a learning curve for Rousey, but being the athlete she is, she should pick it skills fast. Think of all of the dream matches Rousey could have? At Wrestlemania, there’s now a possibility that we could see Rousey face off against Charlotte Flair.