WWE executive on Ronda Rousey: ‘We are carrying conversations’
January 11, 2018 - WWE
While her MMA career stays in limbo, former UFC women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey continues to fuel conjecture that a jump to veteran wrestling could be next.
Rousey, who adopted a “Rowdy” nickname from WWE Hall of Famer “Rowdy” Roddy Piper, met with WWE executive Paul Levesque over cooking in Los Angeles on Tuesday night.
The dual sides have had ongoing conversations for months, and Rousey has even finished guest appearances during WWE events.
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“We are articulate to Ronda, as we’ve been for a while,” Levesque, improved famous as wrestling luminary Triple H, told a Associated Press on Wednesday. “She has a lot of things going on. We have a lot of things going on. But we have a good attribute with her, a really accessible standpoint for a prolonged duration of time now. It was good to locate adult with her.”
Once a many widespread warrior in churned martial arts, Rousey has not competed given she suffered a 48-second detriment to Amanda Nunes during UFC 207 in Dec 2016. Rousey (12-2) mislaid dual true bouts in 13 months and took a interregnum that saw her bend out into other forms of entertainment.
UFC boss Dana White told ESPN in Jul that he suspicion Rousey is substantially finished with MMA.
“I consider people comprehend she’s substantially going to retire,” White pronounced then.
Among Rousey’s WWE appearances, she particularly stood corresponding with Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson as they fought off a mean Triple H and his mother and associate executive, Stephanie McMahon.
The Rock lifted Rousey’s arm in jubilee during a finish of a shred reason during WrestleMania in 2015. Rousey has given seemed in a stands during events for WWE’s developmental system, NXT.
Rousey and associate UFC fighters Marina Shafir, Shayna Baszler and Jessamyn Duke were famous as a Four Horsewomen — a reverence to a sinful Ric Flair-led Four Horsemen fast of a 1980s and ’90s. Baszler has sealed with WWE and wrestles in NXT.
The WWE recently announced it will reason a initial women’s Royal Rumble compare (an over-the-top-rope conflict royale) during a Jan. 28 Royal Rumble pay-per-view in Philadelphia. The compare would be a superb time to showcase Rousey in her WWE entrance if she can mangle giveaway from her film commitments. Rousey could also lead her Horsewomen opposite a WWE coterie during WrestleMania on Apr 8.
Or, it could usually be hum designed to keep Rousey in a news and give a WWE a broadside boost as it heads toward a biggest four-month widen of a year.
“We have zero to announce during this time,” Levesque said. “But she’s a outrageous fan of what we do and she’s impossibly meddlesome in what we do and a opportunities that distortion there. We’re fans of hers and impossibly meddlesome in what those opportunities could be with us. But there’s a lot of things to travel through. We’re talking. We’re carrying conversations.”
White was on vacation and taken for criticism Wednesday.
Levesque was in Los Angeles to pronounce on a Television Critics Association panel.
Rousey refused to criticism when approached by TMZ, usually saying, “I suffer excellent dining.”
But it’s transparent that a Rousey-wrestling tie appeals to WWE.
“I’d adore it,” Levesque said.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.