Ronda Rousey 'Finalizing' A Signing With WWE

Jose Verdugo
Diciembre 7, 2017

Rousey was ostensibly there to cheer for her friend Shayna Baszler, a former UFC fighter competing in the tournament, but she wound up in a WWE segment that was shown in September. She has not fought in the UFC since her loss to Amanda Nunes at UFC 207 on December 30th, 2016.

What had been rumored for months now appears close to becoming a reality: Ronda Rousey is set to join the WWE. Shayna Baszler gave up mixed-martial arts in favour of pro-wrestling, and is now signed to the WWE after finishing second in the company's women-only Mae Young Classic tournament earlier this year.

Two people close to Rousey told USA TODAY Sports that she is finalizing details of her move to WWE.

"I wouldn't want to see it", White said last week. "I don't want it to have to happen". She could feasibly become a great pro wrestler in the ring, and based on how genuine she is in interviews, Rousey could easily be a relatable character in WWE as either a heel or babyface. She's got enough money and all that stuff.

That led to speculation that an official appearance is imminent, perhaps at Wrestlemania 34 in New Orleans on April 8.

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Whether that actually happens remains to be seen, but Rousey is legitimately a huge name who can attract a wide audience in WWE regardless of what she does.

It's also worth pondering if Rousey's departure from the UFC is perhaps part of the reason they haven't been able to get the offers they were looking for. Now, it's quite possible that didn't directly factor in Rousey much, as this was about lower-tier broadcast fights rather than the better PPV fights she would have likely been in, but there was still maybe the idea of her showing up on some broadcast properties from time to time. WrestleMania season is right around the corner, and there's no question WWE would want to have Rousey's debut coincide with one of the company's biggest shows of the year.

Along with television hosting jobs and movie role, the WWE move seems to be a better fit for Rousey at this time in her life.

While it largely had more to do with the evolution of the women's fighting game catching up with its first star, Rousey doesn't seem to stand much to gain from a return to the octagon.

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