After over a year of intense anticipation, Ronda Rousey finally debuted for the WWE on Sunday at the Royal Rumble pay-per-view. It was announced by ESPN shortly after that the former UFC women’s star has signed a full-time contract with the WWE.
Shortly after winning the very first 30-woman Royal Rumble, Asuka confronted both Charlotte and Alexa Bliss in the ring. Rousey’s entrance music played, and she came out to shake hands with her new companions, then pointed to the WrestleMania 34 sign before walking out.
Later, ESPN shared an interview with Rousey – who talked about her UFC career and if she has a future. Rousey became emotional when talking about her losses to Holly Holm and Amanda Nunes, and chose not to talk about them.
Rousey was then asked if she would go back to the UFC one day. Here’s what the former face of Dana White’s company had to say:
“That’s what everybody else seems to say (about retiring from UFC). I mean, I never retired from judo. If that’s what you guys want to think, all I know is that I really want to devote 100 percent of my time to wrestling right now and whatever people want to call that, they can call it.”
Rousey also said that White is still one of her “best friends,” that he’s been “supportive” and she’s hoping to bring him out to a WWE event in the future. As such, she would not fully rule out a return to the octagon.
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The first UFC Women’s Bantamweight Champion brought more relevancy to the female division in Dana White’s company. A bronze Olympic medalist in judo, Rousey became the face of UFC by squashing her first 12 MMA opponents.
But after Rousey lost to Holm at UFC 193, her momentum and career experienced a massive downslide. Rousey lost a great amount of her superstardom, and later told Ellen DeGeneres that she considered suicide after the loss.
As was the case with Brock Lesnar, the door to a UFC return is open for Rousey – even though she crossed over to a rival company. She’s bound to be a massive addition to the WWE in the midst of their historic women’s revolution.
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