Even after denying that she would have any involvement in Sunday night’s WWE Royal Rumble pay-per-view, former UFC women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey, did in fact play a role in the evening’s festivities.
“Rowdy” said she would not be attending the pro wrestling event due to her role in the film ‘Mile 22’ which was being filmed in Columbia. Despite the distraction, Rousey did what many expected and did in fact show up to the show in Philadelphia.
The former UFC champ confronted three of WWE’s top women’s wrestlers and then pointed to a large WrestleMania sign overhead. Rousey then shook the hand of WWE executive Stephanie McMahon, who was sitting ringside.
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A report from MMA Fighting states, “According to sources in WWE, the company is attempting to put together a match with Rousey teaming with Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson against Stephanie McMahon and Paul ‘HHH’ Levesque for WrestleMania on April 8 at the Mercedez-Benz Superdome in New Orleans. The idea of the match was first designated for WrestleMania 32 in Dallas in 2016.
The four did an in-ring angle at WrestleMania 31 on March 29, 2015. at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California. Stephanie had slapped Johnson, who wouldn’t hit a woman. Rousey was stationed at ringside in the stands and Johnson brought her in the ring to attack McMahon and give HHH a judo throw.”
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In an interview with ESPN, Rousey said she has signed with WWE to be a full-time performer.
”This is my life now,” Rousey told ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne. “First priority on my timeline for the next several years. This is not a smash-and-grab; this is not a publicity stunt. When I first met with Triple H, I told him, ‘There are other things I can do with my time that’ll make way more money, but I won’t enjoy nearly as much.’”