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Sunday, August 18, 2019

Ronda Rousey

Ronda Rousey won’t rule out MMA return in awkward interview with Mike Golic

Rowdy Ronda Rousey

Ronda Rousey has been fully focused on her professional wrestling career as she gets set for her big match at WrestleMania 34 next month, but she apparently has not completely closed the book on mixed martial arts. At least, that’s what we gathered from an incredibly awkward interview on Tuesday morning.

While appearing as a guest on “Golic and Wingo,” Rousey was asked about the moment when she finally decided she was finished with her MMA career. She sternly replied that she never said anything of the sort, and things got tense in a hurry. Here’s the exchange:

Golic may have worded his question poorly, but Rousey knew exactly what he was asking. She obviously took advantage of the poor phrasing by acting like she thought Golic was talking about time travel, when it was clear he was asking if she would ever fight in the UFC again.

Rousey is trying to carve out an identity for herself as a no-nonsense enforcer in the WWE, so it’s possible she was also just staying in character during her interview with Golic. Whatever the case, she’s clearly not yet ready to call herself retired from the octagon.

Ronda Rousey to face Triple H, Stephanie McMahon at WrestleMania

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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.

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.

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.

Ronda Rousey’s Royal Rumble appearance shocked even her stepkids

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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:

My favorite part of tonight – surprising my boys @travisbrownemma

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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.

Clearly it worked. And now we can look forward to seeing Rousey at WrestleMania, potentially against Triple H and Stephanie McMahon.

Dana White ‘very happy’ for Ronda Rousey and her new career in WWE

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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.

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.

Ronda Rousey may face Triple H, Stephanie McMahon at WrestleMania

Ronda Rousey Royal Rumble

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 files to trademark ‘rowdy’ name

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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.

The WWE was well prepared for Rousey’s debut and is already offering two different T-shirts for her at their online shop.

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.

Ronda Rousey signs with WWE as full-time wrestler

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All those rumors you heard about Ronda Rousey potentially joining the WWE finally came true.

Rousey appeared at the WWE’s Royal Rumble on Sunday night in Philadelphia, entering the ring after Asuka won the event. She confronted Asuka, Alexa Bliss and Charlotte Flair, and then pointed to the WrestleMania sign as if to hint at a match at the major event in April.

Here’s video of her entrance to the event:

Rousey, the former Olympian and UFC women’s bantamweight champion, was long rumored to be joining the WWE. After starting her MMA career 12-0, Rousey shockingly lost to Holly Holm in 2015 and then later to Amanda Nunes at the end of 2016. She mostly avoided the spotlight after that, with reports creeping up here and there tying Rousey to the WWE.

The 30-year-old isn’t just joining the WWE temporarily or on a one-time basis. She agreed to a full-time deal with WWE and told ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne that this is her top priority.

“This is my life now. First priority on my timeline for the next several years. This is not a smash-and-grab; this is not a publicity stunt,” Rousey told ESPN’s Shelburne . “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 nearly as much.'”

The WWE appears to be building towards having Rousey make her first appearance in the ring at WrestleMania on April 8.