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Sunday, February 17, 2019

Ronda Rousey

Report: Ronda Rousey not leaving WWE despite rumors

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It has been nearly a year now since Ronda Rousey signed a contract with the WWE, and rumors have begun popping up that her time with professional wrestling could be coming to an end. Those rumblings are apparently premature, however.

Dave Meltzer of Wrestling Observer reported in his latest newsletter that there is a “very good chance” Rousey is planning to make her final appearance with the WWE at WrestleMania 35 in April. According to Daniel Yanofsky of WrestlingInc.com, Meltzer also said on his radio show this week that people within the WWE are operating as if Rousey will not be with the organization much longer.

TMZ contradicted that reporting on Thursday, citing multiple sources who say Rousey is “super happy” with her new career and is not prepared to give it up. A WWE spokesperson also confirmed that Rousey is signed with the company through April 10, 2021.

Rousey said before she made her WWE debut that she wants to start a family in the near future with her husband Travis Browne. It’s possible she may be planning take a break from wrestling so she can do that, but she could still return when things are settled.

Rousey is scheduled to defend her RAW Women’s Championship belt against Sasha Banks at the Royal Rumble PPV on Sunday. For what it’s worth, we have heard everything from Rousey planning to wrestle longer than expected to the former UFC champion not ruling out an MMA return. What she plans to do seems to be anyone’s guess at the moment, but it does not sound like she is leaving the WWE for good.

Ronda Rousey hits Nikki Bella with John Cena jab during promo

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Ronda Rousey is bringing the heat to Nikki Bella.

Rousey and Bella have been feuding this week ahead of their WWE Evolution match on Oct. 28. Things began when the Bella Twins turned on Rousey last week and beat her up following their victory over The Riott Squad.

Rousey brought her A-game on “RAW” Monday night with a promo she cut in the ring. She went in on Nikki Bella, calling the twins “Do Nothing Bellas.” Rousey then got in the ultimate dig when talking about all the doors she’s knocked down in her career.

“The only door you’ve knocked down was the door to John Cena’s bedroom,” Rousey said.

Cena and Bella dated for several years and got engaged last year, but they broke up and got back together a few times before once again calling things off a couple of months ago. Their relationship issues centered around plans for children.

Twitter reacts to Ronda Rousey’s wild eye makeup at SummerSlam

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Ronda Rousey ascended to WWE champion status on Sunday night, but all most people were talking about was her wild eye makeup.

Rousey faced Alexa Bliss at SummerSlam on Sunday night and won to capture the Raw Women’s Championship. She had an interesting look for the match that included braids in her hair and the heavy eye makeup. The eye makeup swept deep across Rousey’s face, just about joining her hair.

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Ronda Rousey may want to wrestle longer than she initially planned

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Ronda Rousey is enjoying her time in wrestling so much that she may want to do it longer than she planned.

Rousey is set to face Alexa Bliss at SummerSlam on Sunday, just seven months after signing with the WWE. Rousey told ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne that when she signed in January, there was a clear timeline about her commitment to the wrestling company because she intended to start a family with husband Travis Browne. But now that she’s enjoying it so much, that timeline may change.

“We had a set timeline set, and now we aren’t so sure about it because I love it so much,” Rousey told ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne. “I guess that’s the best thing that could’ve happened, that I would love it so much it would be so hard to stop. I can see why people have a hard time leaving this industry because it’s such a joy to be a part of every day.”

That is great news for the wrestling promotion. Rousey is a big draw and interesting name, so the longer she is a part of the company, the better.

Rousey is also balancing somewhat of an acting career. Her movie “Mile 22” is also just now coming out in theaters. And for what it’s worth, Rousey is not ruling out a return to MMA.

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

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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.