Wednesday, 21 November, 2018

Ronda Rousey invades WWE Royal Rumble, hints at WrestleMania debut

Ronda Rousey working out at Glendale Fighting Club in California. – AP Ronda Rousey working out at Glendale Fighting Club in California. – AP
| 08 February, 2018, 01:03

"When I first met with Triple H, I told him, 'There are other things I can do with my time that'll make way more money, but I won't enjoy almost as much".

Rousey fed into the surprise with a little misdirection before one of wrestling's biggest pay-per-view events of the year.

"I think with her main eventing in UFC, she obviously opened the door for us to be taken more serious as superstars", said Flair, daughter of WWE Hall of Famer Ric Flair.

The ESPN interview was just a small part of Rousey's WWE welcome. I'm like - this is the most overstimulated I've ever been in my life and.

"That's what everybody else seems to say - I mean, I never retired from judo".

Rousey changed the world of MMA over the course of four years.


She hasn't fought in UFC since December 2016 when Amanda Nunes beat her via TKO in just 48 seconds.

What the exact plans for Rousey in WWE will be remain to be seen, but the warm welcome she received at Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia made it immediately clear that she is still as big of a draw as ever.

Rowdy has been training as a pro wrestler since the summer, and she filmed two segments with Shayna Baszler, Jessamyn Duke and Marina Shafir.

She's a longtime fan of professional wrestling, and inherited her nickname, Rowdy, from legendary figure "Rowdy" Roddy Piper.

Rousey's involvement in the WWE has been on the table for some time now, with her hinting she may be interested in crossing over into wrestling as far back as 2015. Having become friends, Piper gave Rousey his blessing and, ahead of last night's show, Rousey wore Piper's jacket after being gifted it by his son. On Sunday, Internet sleuths noticed that Rouseys social media accounts, which were used infrequently over the past couple of months, had suddenly sprung to life recently with several posts that could be interpreted as suspiciously emphasizing the fact that she was shooting the movie in Colombia - and was thus in no position to show up in Philadelphia on Sunday, right? John Cena is being advertised for tonight's RAW but WWE Universal Champion Brock Lesnar is not listed.

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