Ronda Rousey has officially left the MMA ring for the WWE ring.
The former UFC champ has officially signed a multi year WWE contract to become a full time wrestler.
UFC's Ronda Rousey has signed a full-time contract with WWE, according to ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne. pic.twitter.com/ZeGZeSnwHZ
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) January 29, 2018
Rousey appeared to roaring fans Sunday night after the women’s Royal Rumble in Philadelphia, and pointed to a WrestleMania sign — scheduled for New Orleans in April — as Joan Jett’s “Bad Reputation” blared through the arena.
“This is my life now. Yeah, they have first priority on my time for the next several years,” she said. “This is not a smash and grab, this is not a publicity stunt.”
Rousey smiled when Royal Rumble winner Asuka slapped her hand away on an offer for a handshake. Rousey left the ring and walked over to WWE executive and Royal Rumble commentator Stephanie McMahon. Rousey shook hands with McMahon and left without saying a word. She slapped hands with fans at ringside.
Rousey adopted the “Rowdy” nickname from WWE Hall of Famer “Rowdy” Roddy Piper. She wore a “Hot Rod” shirt to the ring Sunday at the Royal Rumble.
Whats Next For Rousey In The WWE?
Much like Brock Lesnar, Rousey will generate interest in the WWE product even beyond the sports entertainment world, and that makes her worth whatever it took for WWE to sign her. Rousey has never competed in a professional wrestling match, but she is an elite athlete and remains in her physical prime at just 30 years of age. Expect a slow build up before her fist WWE match, which most likely will happen on April 4th at Wrestlemania.