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Saturday, December 14, 2019

Ronda Rousey

Ronda Rousey files to trademark ‘rowdy’ name

Rowdy Ronda Rousey

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

Ronda Rousey WWE

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.

Ronda Rousey has not signed with WWE; offer still stands

Ronda Rousey

A promo that featured Ronda Rousey and Charlotte Flair was released earlier this month, leading many to believe it was only a matter of time before the former UFC champion explores a career in pro wrestling. As it turns out, Rousey still hasn’t signed a contract.

Stephanie McMahon, the WWE’s chief brand officer, told TMZ this week that there is an open offer for Rousey.

“Ronda, the offer still stands,” McMahon said. “We’d love to have you in WWE.”

It certainly seemed like a match between Rousey and Flair was being set up when the two cut a promo together, so perhaps there is some sort of hold-up on the business end of things.

Rousey hasn’t said whether she will ever fight again in the UFC, though an Instagram post from January got people talking. McMahon said earlier in the year that Rousey and the WWE would be a match made in heaven, so it’s no surprise she still wants that match to be made.

Ronda Rousey cuts first WWE promo, challenges Charlotte Flair

Ronda Rousey is destined to take part in a WWE event at some point, and it looks as though her debut could be coming sooner rather than later.

A promo featuring Rousey was released this week, and it seems like the goal was to set up a WWE match between the former UFC champion and Charlotte Flair, the daughter of Ric Flair and a former champ herself.

For those of you who don’t follow wrestling, that was Bayley and Becky Lynch — two more former WWE champions — standing next to Flair. Rousey was with MMA training partners Jessamyn Duke and Marina Shafir, who along with Rousey and Shayna Baszler have been referring to themselves as “The Four Horsewomen.”

Rousey hasn’t said whether she will ever fight again in the UFC, though an Instagram post from January got people talking. Stephanie McMahon recently said Rousey and the WWE would be a match made in heaven, and it looks like that match has officially been made.

Dana White: Ronda Rousey getting married on day of Mayweather-McGregor

Ronda Rousey

Ronda Rousey will probably not be paying much attention to the Floyd Mayweather-Conor McGregor fight, and she has a very good reason for it.

UFC head Dana White said on the Rich Eisen Show that Rousey and Travis Browne are getting married on Saturday, and thus won’t be anywhere near Las Vegas.

White told Eisen that Rousey is “in a good place” and is “really happy,” and that she has not announced her retirement, preferring to focus on her wedding at the moment.

White joked that he had told Rousey he would definitely attend the wedding until he found out the date.

White has said in the past that he thinks Rousey will retire. She certainly could not care less about the premier boxing event happening Saturday.

H/T TMZ

Dana White: Ronda Rousey will ‘probably’ retire

Ronda Rousey

Ronda Rousey’s last fight came in December 2016 and that may very well be the last one of her mixed martial arts career.

Rousey began her career in 2011 and won her first 12 fights as a professional before suffering a defeat to Holly Holm in 2015. During that time, she captured the UFC Women’s Bantamweight title and became a worldwide star.

Rousey followed the loss to Holm with another defeat in her next match, this time to Amanda Nunes. We haven’t seen Rousey in the octagon since and, as Dana White speculates, we may never again.

“I think people realize she’s probably going to retire,” White told ESPN.

“And the way she is, is what made everybody get behind her,” he continued. “It’s what blew up the women’s divisions. Now she’s going to move on to the next chapter of her life, get married and have kids, do that thing. It’s not sad, it’s the way she wanted it.”

If Rousey does decide to move on to the post-fighting stage of her life, she will leave behind a lasting legacy in mixed martial arts. She dominated the sport for a period of time, became a champion, and played a role in the growth of the women’s side of UFC.

At just 30 years old, Rousey is obviously at an age where she could still compete at a high level, if she chose to. However, on the heels of two consecutive losses, Rousey may decide to leave that portion of her life in the past.

Ronda Rousey says Travis Browne tracked down ‘punks’ who robbed her

Travis Browne

Ronda Rousey returned to her Venice Beach home one day back in January to find that thousands of dollars in possessions had been stolen, but fortunately the thieves were tracked down almost immediately.

The former UFC champion can thank her fiance for that.

In an appearance on “Live with Kelly and Ryan” Wednesday, Rousey listed some of the things that were stolen when her house was burglarized.

“Someone had been squatting in my house for like three days, sleeping in my bed,” she explained. “They stole my Olympic rings, stole my guns, all my precious jewelry, every headphone in the house, my credit cards.”

Fortunately, Rousey says the security cameras at her home allowed the perps to be quickly identified. Travis Browne, a fellow UFC fighter who is engaged to Rousey, confronted them.

“We have security cameras, so we looked back at them and saw that there were a bunch of kids with skateboards. There’s a famous skate park right across the street because we’re in Venice,” she said. “My man’s 6-foot-7, 260 and he B-lines it straight to the skateboard park and finds the guys right away. He’s smart enough to not (smacking motion) in the middle of the park. We’d get sued pretty hard. He found the police right then and they caught them. … What little punks.”

Remember what Browne wrote on Twitter several months ago when an MMA fighter mocked Rousey? This was kind of like that, only the stakes were much higher.

Rousey did not say whether all of her belongings were returned, but she probably got a lot of them back if the culprits were caught that quickly. The perks of a good relationship, right?