Ronda Rousey and WWE's relationship has been a poorly kept secret for nearly 2 years. Now that it looks like she's finished in UFC, a run in WWE may be imminent.
While not a participant, Rousey has been attached to WWE's Mae Young Classic. It looks like that's the vehicle WWE will continue to use in order to facilitate Rousey into a WWE storyline, too. The Wrestling Observer is reporting that Rousey will likely be in the tournament's finale on September 12th in Las Vegas.
Rousey's UFC, compadre, Shayna Baszler will be competing in that match. However, the coincidences do no stop there. At the first taping of the Classic, Rousey, Baszler Jessamyn Duke, and Marina Shafir got into a scuffle with WWE superstars Charlotte Flair, Becky Lynch and Bayley. Even further, Bayley was pulled from a Monday Night Raw segment just to be in attendance.
And if that's not enough, WWE is said to be very high on a 4 Horsewomen of MMA vs the 4 Horsewomen of WWE showdown. As of now, WWE is eying either Survivor Series or Wrestlemania for this huge match.
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But the speculation doesn't stop there:
“There was also buzz backstage at the tournament — mainly among WWE employees and contractors — that Rousey’s training would start soon,”“She’s taken some basic bumps among other things thus far.”
In a report from Cageside Seats, the idea of Rousey working in WWE is definite. Even further, they may have loosely scheduled a match for her. Next year at Wrestlemania 34, Ronda Rousey could be facing Charlotte Flair.
Fueling long-held rumors that Rousey may one day sign with the company, earlier this week, the WWE posted an online poll to their official website and Twitter account asking fans which of the ten top talents from the WWE women's division they would most like to see Rousey face in a possible debut. The talents included Natalya, Charlotte Flair, and Stephanie McMahon.
Rousey hasn't shown any intent to compete in the octagon again, although that's merely conjecture based on the fact that she's avoided addressing it with the media. But UFC President Dana White has gone on record saying that we've likely seen the last of Rousey's career in the cage.
WWE advocate and MMA superfan Paul Heyman also recently stated that he would like to see Rousey join the ranks.
“I think the WWE audience would embrace Ronda Rousey with open arms,” he said in a recent podcast interview. “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.”
Perhaps Rousey could join fellow UFC-crossover talent Brock Lesnar under Paul Heyman's management. The door remains open.