Recently, TMZ Sports caught up with Jim Ross outside an airport and asked him a few questions about the state of wrestling. Among questions about Kurt Angle’s previous chances in mixed martial arts or the next face of the WWE in a “Golden Age” of wrestling, Ross commented about the prediction that fans might one day see Ronda Rousey in the WWE.
Ross called the Rousey meets WWE idea “inevitable”. He explains that he expects to see her at a future WrestleMania and that the marriage between the two is just too perfect an opportunity to pass up. “She’s going to be a big star,” Ross says.
Rumors of Rousey’s involvement with the WWE date all the way back to her first appearance in a WWE ring at WrestleMania 31. The thought was, once Rousey’s career in UFC came to an end, she would have an open invitation to join the WWE, and as fate would have it, not long after that appearance, Rousey struggled in the UFC and lost two consecutive fights and started to fade out of the UFC spotlight.
Recently, however, Rousey showed up in support of her friend Shayna Baszler who took part in the Mae Young Classic being filmed at Full Sail University in Orlando. That sparked further speculation that the two sides could eventually get back together. As recently as December, Stephanie McMahon said Rousey could eventually end up in the WWE.
Ross called Rousey’s potential return a “match made in heaven”. Even if the luster of Rousey’s undefeated MMA career is gone, she’s still a marketable asset for a company like the WWE and her past history as an actor lends itself well to her making a fairly smooth transition.
It’s difficult to assess Rousey’s interest in joining the WWE at this time. She appears to be done with the UFC, but there was no mention of her stepping into the ring during the Mae Young Classic. But, the idea of the Four Horsewomen of UFC meeting the Four Horsewomen of the WWE has fans intrigued, and rumors that the groups got mixed up in some sort of altercation make things really intriguing.
The idea of MMA meets WWE will never go away. With news that Jon Jones called out Brock Lesnar and just recently, Cyborg challenged Becky Lynch to meet her at SummerSlam, this could this be the opening that brings in a flood or MMA female stars to the company.
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