Vince McMahon did not seem too concerned with the possibility of Ronda Rousey leaving the WWE during the company's fourth-quarter earnings call.
Rousey was rumored to be keen on a post-WrestleMania exit so she could start a family with her husband. But the promotion has since reminded everyone that she's contracted until 2021.
The former UFC superstar also weighed in last month.
"I honestly don't know why [anyone] feels like [they're] an authority to speak on the plans for my uterus," she told ESPNW. "If I responded every single time the world speculated what I was doing with my womb I would not have a free moment in the day."
McMahon, though, has insisted that he will be able to deal with Ronda leaving if she ever chooses to do so.
“Again, we can bring people in from the outside to our environment. It can’t be just a one-off type thing because our audience realizes that’s not going to push the envelope as far as their enjoyment of what we do," he told investors after being pressed on the future of the current Raw Women's Champion (h/t Cagesideseats.com).
"Nonetheless, bringing Ronda in gave us more visibility in terms of the initiative of reaching more women. And when you do something like that it allows you to not just use Ronda’s platform from a different niche to come into WWE, Ronda in of herself becomes a brand of WWE. It’s a different Ronda than what you saw before, in terms of UFC and things of that nature.
“When you put talent, rub talent up against Ronda, Ronda can help us make talent, and she’s doing just that. She knows how to do it, she’s one of the brightest people we’ve ever done business with. And the fact that she’s adapted to the WWE culture so fast, it really is truly an amazing salute to her as an athlete, and as a human being. So, the Rondas will come in and out, and when they do, as long as we know what those dates are, we plan around it.”
What This Means
Rousey has seen fans turn on her in recent times but she is still a major draw for the WWE and Vince would hate to lose her.
At the end of the day, though, the company should be bigger than all of its stars and would be able to move right along if any of them were to leave (as long as they don't all leave together). Of course, he'd rather it if they all stayed, but Vince didn't get to where he is now by clinging to the past.