Well, it’s official, Ronda Rousey has gone full WWE on us. From the most dominant female fighter in the UFC to a pro wrestler…what a transformation…
Former UFC women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey holds many records that will probably never be broken. During her reign in the UFC, ‘Rowdy’ scored sub-minute submission wins like they were going out of fashion.
Reaching insane levels during her peak, Rousey’s hype was bigger than anyone who’d come before. As the first women’s champion in the UFC, Rousey really set the bar for everyone to come.
Unfortunately for ‘Rowdy,’ those up-and-comers would be the ones to eventually dethrone her. During a massive shakeup at UFC 193, Rousey was knocked out in brutal fashion by Holly Holm. Here started her unimaginable fall from grace.
After sitting out for a year, Rousey made a return to the UFC, but it was as far from glorious as could be.
Putting it simply, Rousey got absolutely annihilated by Amanda Nunes. The belt had changed hands another two times since Rousey’s first departure, but it wasn’t going anywhere at UFC 207.
‘The Lioness’ bludgeoned the former queen like it was nothing, sending her yet again to retirement from fighting. Being heavily linked to a career in pro wrestling, ‘Rowdy’ has made numerous appearances as a guest for the organization.
Now we see Rousey appearing at the Mae Young Classic show, putting on her best WWE face for an overly awkward entry into a storyline:
“You name the time, you name the place,” Rousey said.“Oh, not today? We’re waiting to hear from you.”
Wow…well, that just happened. Reports had already been circulating that ‘Rowdy’ was in training for a WWE career. The above video all but confirms these stories as true. How will she get on in pro wrestling?
Considering her high work ethic and natural athleticism, it’s likely she’ll get on great. Her existing fanbase is huge, regardless of her losses and haters.
Paul Heyman on Rousey’s WWE Future
Despite her recent downfall in the sport of MMA, Paul Heyman still believes Rousey could have quite the run in the WWE (quotes via MMA Junkie):
“I think the WWE audience would embrace Ronda Rousey with open arms,” Heyman said. “Just her name recognition alone is huge. It doesn’t matter, her past two experiences in the UFC. All that matters is if she got involved in a story that people could relate to and sink their teeth into and get excited about.”
“I think Ronda Rousey doing anything in WWE is a natural fit,” he added. “I’d love to see it and would be happy to discuss with her all the benefits that she could enure by being a Paul Heyman girl.”
Do you smell what Ronda Rousey is cooking?