Ronda Rousey is reportedly scheduled to undergo hand surgery this week and could spend significant time away from WWE.
According to Fightful's Sean Ross Sapp, the former Raw women's champion will go under the knife this Tuesday, with WWE officials hopeful she can return to the ring in early 2020 or even later this year.
While it didn't look it, Rousey suffered the injury during her triple threat match against Becky Lynch and Charlotte Flair at WrestleMania 35's main event, a bout which saw her lose the title to Lynch, who now has both the Raw and SmackDown women's titles in her custody.
News of the injury was first reported by Wrestling Observer Radio's Dave Meltzer. The WWE cognoscenti also claimed that the female star was set for time off from the promotion after WrestleMania, even before she got injured.
While there's no date on her return just yet, Sports Illustrated's Justin Barrasso has reported that Rousey is tentatively scheduled to go head to head with Lynch at next year's WrestleMania.
The former UFC star made her WWE debut at the Royal Rumble last year and had her first match at WrestleMania 34, teaming up with the now-retired Kurt Angle to defeat Triple H and his wife Stephanie McMahon.
What This Means
Rumors regarding a post-WrestleMania exit have been swirling for a few months now, something which prompted WWE to remind everyone that the former Raw women's champion is contracted to them until 2021. This injury seems to have come at a time when she would have been gone anyway.
It also comes as a blow to the company as they will likely lose one of their biggest names for several months, especially amid AEW's emergence.
Of course, we wish Ronda a successful surgery and a speedy recovery.