Ric Flair has signed on to have a large acting role in a wrestling movie.
The Wrap reported on Wednesday that Flair has agreed to join an R-rated wrestling movie called “Uncle Steamroller & Champion Rabbit.”
Flair is set to play the role of the president of a wrestling tour where the Uncle Steamroller character tries to make a comeback.
“I’m expecting the inspirational story line will appeal to fans that extend beyond my loyal core wrestling base, and I am seriously looking forward to getting this film in front of worldwide audiences. Wooooooooooooooooo!” Flair told The Wrap.
Flair is also set to be an executive producer on the film. The 69-year-old also made an appearance in “Magic Mike XXL.”
- Ric Flair
WWE made it clear during Elimination Chamber 2018 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on Sunday night that Ronda Rousey will be facing Triple H and Stephanie McMahon in a tag team match at WrestleMania 34.
Rousey appeared in the ring at Elimination Chamber to sign her contract with WWE. Before doing so, she slammed Triple H through a table and got slapped in the face by McMahon.
— WWE (@WWE) February 26, 2018
Rousey is expected to team up with Kurt Angle in the WrestleMania match, but The Rock was previously reported as a potential partner for her.
Oh, and to all those saying wrestling is fake? That slap Rousey received was legit.
Btw. That was a legit slap by Stephanie McMahon. Heard from some folks backstage that Ronda Rousey has a handprint welt on her face
— Ramona Shelburne (@ramonashelburne) February 26, 2018
Another interesting note is that the site of Elimination Chamber — T-Mobile Arena — is where Rousey lost at UFC 207. She has not fought in the UFC since then.
Brock Lesnar is now 40 and has not fought in the UFC in nearly two years, but the WWE superstar’s promoter says Lesnar has not yet closed the book on his mixed martial arts career.
In a brief chat with TMZ this week, Paul Heyman was asked if there is any truth to the rumors that Lesnar could soon make a UFC return.
“If Brock Lesnar wants to fight in UFC, Brock Lesnar will fight in UFC,” Heyman said. “If Brock Lesnar wants to fight in WWE, he will fight in WWE. … Brock Lesnar does what Brock Lesnar wants to do.”
When asked if fighting again after two years off (or possibly more) would be a problem, Heyman said he actually feels it would be an advantage for Lesnar.
“The time away actually makes him better because his body gets a chance to heal,” he said. “The problem with these UFC fighters, and they’re all fantastic athletes, is that they wear their bodies down in these training camps. All of these guys that are cutting weight are just destroying their own bodies. Brock Lesnar is probably the healthiest fighter to enter UFC if he decides to do that.”
If you remember, Heyman said last year that Lesnar has never had a UFC fight when he was at his peak physical condition because of his battles with diverticulitis.
Lesnar dominated Mark Hunt at UFC 200 in July 2016, but the win was later vacated because he failed multiple drug tests. It’s unclear if he has even re-entered the USADA testing pool, which is something he would have to do before his suspension could be lifted.
- Brock Lesnar
Though many rumors about Ronda Rousey potentially joining the WWE persisted, her appearance at the Royal Rumble on Sunday night came as a surprise to many. WWE and Rousey went to great lengths to keep things a secret. In fact, they were so good at keeping things quiet that her appearance at the show even shocked her stepkids.
Rousey shared this video on Instagram that shows a recording of the reaction her stepkids had while watching the Rumble with their father, Rousey’s husband Travis Browne. Their reaction was awesome:
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The WWE was serious about keeping things a surprise, which is why her stepkids clearly had no idea. ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne says that Rousey traveled via charter jet and mostly alone to avoid being spotted in Philly to spoil the surprise.
A few extra fun tidbits for the late night WWE crowd. Ronda DID indeed go to Colombia to shoot Mile 22, but she came back to the States via a charter jet, then basically stayed out of sight for 24 hours. There was one chance to spot her: At customs in Miami.
— Ramona Shelburne (@ramonashelburne) January 29, 2018
Ronda did not travel back from Colombia with any of her usual entourage so there was no chance of them being recognized anywhere. Her husband Travis Browne stayed home. Too big a risk of being recognized.
— Ramona Shelburne (@ramonashelburne) January 29, 2018
Clearly it worked. And now we can look forward to seeing Rousey at WrestleMania, potentially against Triple H and Stephanie McMahon.
Ronda Rousey was one of the biggest draws for the UFC at the height of her mixed martial arts career, but she officially began a new chapter on Sunday. While UFC president Dana White must be disappointed to lose Rousey, he says he is excited for the former bantamweight champion.
In a text message to Adam Hill of the Las Vegas Review Journal, White said Rousey has always been enamored with pro wrestling and is accomplishing another goal by signing with the WWE.
Text from Dana White via text on Rousey's wrestling career: "I'm very happy for her. She loves pro wrestling and has always been a big fan so I know how much his means to her. She keeps accomplishing everything she's ever wanted." #RJNow
— Adam Hill (@AdamHillLVRJ) January 29, 2018
While she technically has not retired from the UFC, Rousey made it clear that her WWE career is a full-time thing and not just some publicity stunt. White said he does not expect her to fight in the UFC again.
Rousey made a surprise appearance at the Royal Rumble on Sunday night, and it looks like her first fight is going to be at WrestleMania on April 8.
The WWE seems to have plans for Ronda Rousey to make her in-ring debut at WrestleMania 34 in New Orleans. Better yet, they may have a tag team match in mind for her.
Wrestling Observer’s Dave Meltzer reported on Sunday night that the current plan is for Rousey to be in a tag team match against Stephanie McMahon and Triple H.
Meltzer says the company’s ideal match would pair Rousey with The Rock, but it’s unknown whether they could make that happen.
Rousey’s publicized deal with the WWE will make her a full-time wrestler. A tag team match for her debut would make sense because it would allow more experienced wrestlers to handle a lot of the action and do the so-called “heavy lifting.”
Ronda Rousey is making some business moves as she transitions into her post-MMA wrestling career.
Rousey appeared at WWE’s Royal Rumble in Philadelphia on Sunday night to tease her debut as a full-time wrestler for the company. She was wearing a leather jacket and had a T-shirt on underneath that said “Hot Ronda!” on it. That was all part of some very conscious marketing from the WWE, as well as Rousey.
Rousey, who went by the “Rowdy” Ronda Rousey name during her MMA career, has filed for three trademarks relating to the “Rowdy Ronda Rousey” name, according to ESPN’s Darren Rovell.
Ronda Rousey has filed for three trademarks to "Rowdy Ronda Rousey."
— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) January 29, 2018
The WWE was well prepared for Rousey’s debut and is already offering two different T-shirts for her at their online shop.
— Mike Dyce (@mikedyce) January 29, 2018
The shirt is in the exact same style as the late Rowdy Roddy Piper. Rousey was a huge fan of Piper and asked for his permission to use his nickname, which he granted to her. Her merchandise is a clear takeoff from that.
Rousey also said in an interview with WWE that Piper’s son had flown out to give her the leather jacket to wear for Sunday night. The jacket used to belong to Piper.
— WWE (@WWE) January 29, 2018