The greatest female fighter to ever hit a ring, be it wrestling, boxing or MMA will soon find herself walking down a grand entrance ramp with a series of pyro exploding all around her like she has never experienced before. There will be over 70,000 people screaming and many more watching her every move on PPV. Recently, Ronda Rousey has been busy in the squared circle working on her transition from UFC to WWE with current Smackdown star and former champ, Natalya.
While Nattie doesn't get the love on camera that she deserves, it has to been seen as an honor that Vince would trust her to be the one to train Rousey who is set to be one of the biggest stars for WrestleMania 34. After her short appearance alongside The Rock at WrestleMania 31, the crossover appeal to have Rousey enter the ring was all but a guarantee. Unfortunately for Rousey her dominance in the octagon would come to an end two fights later as she would become a shell of her former dominating self.
Whether Rousey is a one hit wonder for the WWE or if she becomes the female version of The Beast Incarnate and only wrestles periodically, there are some interesting facts about the former UFC Champ that the WWE officials want fans to know and a number of things that they would rather be forgotten or best case scenario never even be brought to attention.
15 Don't - First UFC Loss
November 15, 2015 will forever be etched in the memories of UFC fans. Just as Mike Tyson was many years before her, Rousey entered her respective battlefield as the heavy favorite against Holly (James "Buster" Douglas) Holm. Just as the challenger shocked the world on February 11, 1990, Holm stunned the live crowd and the millions around the world on PPV by upsetting the reigning champion and sending her into a tailspin that she has yet to recover from.
14 Do - Inner Geek
For most people, acknowledging their love for cartoons and comic books are traits that are kept close to the heart and not made public. For Rousey, it's the exact opposite. Whether it is her passion for Pokemon, she actually owns a Pikachu costume, or admitting that she is a diehard Dragon Ball Z fan, Rousey has made it cool for tough chicks to enjoy the simple things in life.
13 Don't - Girl Gone Wild
Okay, we aren't talking the Joe Francis type of GGW here, but there are a number of photos that have captured Rousey having herself a good time with some untimely "Not So PG" type moments that may come back to haunt her. While countless of people around the world are able to have a couple of wobblypops and let loose, those people aren't celebrities and idols that are constantly in the spotlight. Rousey on the other hand is.
12 Do - Tribute to Rowdy
He may have been known as one of the biggest heel wrestlers of all time and equally as much as a face, but either way Roddy Piper was a wrestler that fans loved to hate and hated to love. Growing up, Rousey was a huge wrestling fan, a dream that is currently in the process of coming true (if you look past her quick stint at WM31). With Piper being her favorite grappler, Rousey wanted to pay tribute to him and actually approached him for permission to use his nickname.
11 Don't - Love Hurts
Before she tied the knot with Travis Browne, Rousey was in a relationship with a young man who she dubbed "Snappers McCreepy". While some Rousey followers think they have put together all the clues to identify the former lover, we shall stick with his appropriate moniker. A couple of years ago, Rousey openly admitted during a radio interview and in her book My Fight, Your Fight, that she beat down Mr. McCreepy after she had found a computer file with numerous unapproved naked pics of the fighter.
10 Do - Olympic Medalist
Kurt Angle may have captured an Olympic gold medal wrestling with a broken freaking neck, but he will soon not be the only current member of the WWE roster that will have the rights to claim capturing Olympic success. Rousey qualified for her first Olympic games in 2004 when she was only 17 years old.
9 Don't - Pre-Fight Intercourse Ritual
Whether it is the Olympic Games, Ric Flair or Wilt Chamberlain, stories of pre-competition extra curricular activities are not beyond the norm for a lot of athletes. While many choose to hold off on engaging in the between the sheets tango, others like Rousey use it as a means to help build up her testosterone. For a lot of athletes avoiding the no pants dance helps maintain not only a mental focus but also helps avoid a physical drain. Rousey on the other hand admits to engaging in LOTS of intercourse before fights.
8 Do - The Softer Side of Rousey
During her youth, Rousey had to deal with a speech problem, due to an issue at birth in which her umbilical cord was wrapped around her neck, cutting off oxygen to her brain. Because of her impediment, Rousey had to deal with kids at school who treated her different because of her inability to speak properly.
7 Don't - Substance Abuse History
Some of the greatest names in WWE history have found their name onto a list that they aren't proud to be a part of and one that the company has strongly started to enforce. Jeff Hardy, Rey Mysterio, Randy Orton, Roman Reigns and Paige are some of the biggest names in the business that have violated the company's Wellness Policy at least once. Although it has been over a decade, Rousey also has a history of engaging in such inappropriate activity.
6 Do - 60 Seconds Or Less
In nine of her twelve MMA/UFC victories, Rousey managed to put away her opponents in less than a minute. Now there are a couple of WWE matches on record that have lasted as little as three seconds (which is mathematically impossible considering it takes three seconds to make a 3 count) and a handful of them that have lasted less than ten seconds, including a number of championship matches.
5 Don't - Second Loss
After nearly a year hiatus from the octagon, Rousey made her return to the UFC to fight the current reigning Bantamweight champ Amanda Nunes. Many fans had hoped that the loss to Holm was a one off and just bad night for one of the most dominating fighters in UFC history. Unfortunately if you blinked, you may have missed the fight as Nunes claimed a TKO victory 48 seconds into the bout.
4 Do - WrestleMania Moment
After appearing alongside The Rock at WrestleMania 31, plans were slowly put in place for Rousey to appear at a future Showcase of The Immortals. Whether or not it was a three year plan is unknown, but regardless, it appears all but guaranteed that Rousey will enter the squared circle as an in-ring performer in some capacity next spring. The only questions are, who will she battle and will she be alone? Will Rousey step up to Charlotte's dream match desires? Or will the UFC Horsewomen take on the WWE Horsewomen?
3 Don't - Not So PG Pics
Aside from the questionable pics that Mr. McCreepy took during their own private moments, Rousey has had her fair share of steamy photo shoots in both print and online media sources. The reasoning for it according to Rousey is that she wants to be the one in charge of exposing her body on her terms, rather than having photo leaks like so many other celebrities.
2 Do - Dana White Doesn't Want Her Back
Whether or not Rousey at some point down the road decides to return to the UFC, the President of the octagon has stated that he doesn't want her back. How's that for gratitude towards someone who was once the face and star of not only the MMA world but arguably all of women's sports for nearly five years. Now Dana White's reasoning for not wanting Rousey back isn't because he doesn't care for her, but rather the exact opposite as he feels that she is finally in a good place in her life with finances and her marriage.
1 Don't - Eating Disorder
There have been a number of ladies in the WWE who have all had their issues with weight control and eating disorders over the years. Some like Alexa Bliss and Natalya have come out and admitted it, others have decided to keep the secret within themselves for fear of being made fun of. Just think of the how distasteful the whole Piggy James story line was. And this coming from an organization that is against bullying.
Before Rousey hit the octagon, she was not only battling substance abuse, but also dealing with pressures of meeting her fighting weight demands. So in order to make her marks, Rousey resorted to purging and starving herself depending on the weigh in mark that she needed to meet. Now that she has left the UFC and the WWE doesn't have a weight requirement (depending on who you ask), Rousey will have less of a problem being in her own skin.
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