Roughly one year ago, Ronda Rousey attempted her UFC comeback in the wake of her first professional loss.
It went poorly.
She was outworked, outpunched, outboxed, and overall outclassed by Amanda Nunes, who decimated the former champ with a barrage of sharp strikes that ended the fight in just 48 seconds. It may have also ended Rousey’s UFC career. She has barely appeared in public since that fight, and UFC president Dana White has admitted that it’s unlikely the 30-year-old Rousey will attempt another comeback.
That’s not to say she won’t resurface somewhere else, though. According to reports from USA Today and MMA Junkie, Rousey is “finalizing details of her move to the WWE.” She already appeared on WWE television, making a surprise appearance at WrestleMania 31, performing a segment with The Rock and Stephanie McMahon. Since then, she has been hanging around the WWE sporadically, especially during the Mae Young Classic, where some of Rousey’s friends were competing.
The reports suggest that Rousey won’t be a full-time in-ring performer, as she’s not a fully trained wrestler by any means. It’s more likely that she will have a similar deal to Brock Lesnar’s, and float in and out of the storylines and appear in matches during major PPV events, even if just as part of a tag team at first.
Charlotte Flair has already gone on record saying she would love to welcome Rousey into the WWE as her first opponent. If this deal gets done, perhaps the WWE can work towards promoting Charlotte vs. Rousey for WrestleMania 34 in New Orleans.