Stephanie McMahon Clings To Hope Of Ronda Rousey Coming To WWE
At Wrestlemania 31, nearly two years ago, Stephanie McMahon and Triple H were involved in an in-ring confrontation with The Rock and UFC star Ronda Rousey. It’s a segment that went over like gangbusters that night, and it’s something WWE has been trying to get her to come back for ever since. Yet, while it’s been all quiet on the Rousey front, Stephanie McMahon hasn’t given up hope.
Granted, WWE is likely going to have to wait a while for her arrival, since the MMA fighter has gone on record as saying that her women’s bantamweight title fight against Amanda Nunes at UFC 207 on December 30th will not be her last fight in UFC. However, in an interview with USA Today, McMahon admits she still clings to the hope of Rousey eventually coming to WWE once her tenure in UFC comes to an end.
“Our fans love Ronda. Ronda has this cross platform appeal in terms of all forms of entertainment. We would welcome her with open arms. She is the total package,” McMahon said.
The Chief Brand Officer for WWE would go on to reflect on her big moment in the ring with Rousey.
“The moment was awe inspiring. Our business works the best when there is magic and energy in the air, and Ronda’s presence brought that. With a guest appearance like Ronda’s, to work best it has to be genuine and authentic. Pop culture is a huge strategy for WWE, our storylines are reflective of what’s happening in the world and what’s popular. In sports, it doesn’t get much more popular than Ronda.”
McMahon would go on to claim that, in a way, Rousey owes some of her success to pro wrestling. Not only is her nickname (“Rowdy”) an homage to the late, great “Rowdy” Roddy Piper, McMahon suggests that Rousey may have gotten some of her trash-talking skills come from having watched WWE (although she’s careful to not give WWE credit for her success, instead emphasizing that Rousey’s personal brand is her own).
“Muhammad Ali credited pro wrestling for where he got his trash talking skills and persona. I would like to think there is a bit of ‘Rowdy’ and wrestling history in Ronda and the way she carries herself, but she is definitely her own individual brand.”
All in all, I could see Rousey coming to WWE someday. It’d be a pretty easy payday for her. This is not to say that the work wouldn’t be hard (or that she would want it any other way, for that matter), but simply that the McMahons would shell out millions of dollars for just one night of work. It probably wouldn’t be anything close to what she makes in UFC, but that’d still be a pretty nice chunk of change, and it would allow Rousey to have the full WWE experience, emulating the man from whom she gets her nickname. If that’s a dream she’s secretly had, then I could definitely imagine her going through with it. But it all depends on how these next UFC fights go, and whether Rousey wants to stay in combat sports (even the simulated kind), or move on altogether. Still, I can’t exactly blame Stephanie for clinging to the hope of Rousey joining WWE for a one-off match, one of these days.
But what do you think? Is this just a pipe dream or could it realistically happen? Sound off in the comments!
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