What had been rumoured for months now seems near turning into a actuality: Ronda Rousey is about to hitch the WWE.
That’s in keeping with USA Immediately, which cited two individuals near Rousey in reporting Wednesday that the previous UFC champion is “finalizing particulars” of a contract with the skilled wrestling firm.
Rousey, who hasn’t had an MMA struggle since December 2016, has supplied indications that she was within the WWE. Stories emerged in August that she was studying professional wrestling strikes, and she or he was noticed on the time talking with WWE government Triple H at a taping for an all-female event.
No phrases had been spoken, besides by Rousey, who instructed the WWE stars, “Identify the time. Identify the place,” then added, “Oh, not at present? I’ll be ready to listen to from you.”
That scene ramped up hypothesis that Rousey would quickly be performing within the ring for WWE, on a extra everlasting foundation than her one-off look at 2015’s WrestleMania 31, when she teamed with Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson to conflict with Triple H and Stephanie McMahon. It appears doubtless at this level that the WWE will proceed a narrative line through which the previous “4 Horsewomen” of MMA, Rousey, Baszler, Duke and Marina Shafir, tangle with the WWE’s present “4 Horsewomen,” Aptitude, Bayley, Lynch and Sasha Banks.
Duke and Shafir have reportedly additionally been coaching to cross over into professional wrestling. Their nickname with Rousey and Baszler was an homage to the Ric Aptitude-led “4 Horsemen” of the 1980s and ‘90s.
Rousey has lengthy been often called a giant fan of professional wrestling, at the same time as she rocketed to fame as an Olympic bronze medallist in judo after which grew to become a dominant drive in MMA. The UFC’s first feminine fighter, Rousey started her MMA profession 12-Zero, often dispatching her foes shortly into the primary spherical, and received approval for her abilities, seems and charisma.
Nonetheless, a shocking loss to Holly Holm at UFC 193 in November 2015 punctured her aura of invincibility, and after taking greater than a 12 months to get well and attend to a burgeoning appearing profession, Rousey was knocked out in simply 48 seconds by Amanda Nunes at UFC 207.
That can nearly definitely stand as Rousey’s closing MMA struggle, as even UFC President Dana White has stated he doesn’t anticipate her again within the octagon. In the meantime, she has appeared this 12 months on NBC’s “Blindspot,” and is filming scenes for a Mark Wahlberg film known as “Mile 22.”
MMA Weekly reported Wednesday that, as manufacturing on that movie is predicted to final till February, Rousey wouldn’t be a full-time member of WWE however would take part in a number of the firm’s most high-profile occasions over the approaching 12 months. That can doubtless embrace an look at WrestleMania 34 in April.