'Rowdy' Ronda Rousey signs with WWE and appears during Royal Rumble


Ronda Rousey attended a WWE eventuality in September, among other vital hints final year that a understanding with a association was close. (Bryan Steffy/Getty Images for WWE)

While violation a news that Ronda Rousey had concluded to be a full-time wrestler with a WWE, ESPN’s story Sunday claimed that a former UFC champion “shocked a crowd” by appearing during Philadelphia’s Wells Fargo Center during a finish of a women’s Royal Rumble match.

It’s indeed satisfactory to contend many wrestling fans were distant from shocked to see Rousey use Sunday’s eventuality to plead that she will, in fact, be a WWE performer. Nevertheless, her much-anticipated attainment in a association provides serve justification that her MMA career is roughly positively over, adds a sip of star energy to a pro-wrestling behemoth and, as Rousey silently done transparent after she entered a ring, sets adult a vital story line streamer toward April’s WrestleMania 34.

“This is my life now. First priority on my timeline for a subsequent several years,” Rousey said to ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne of signing with WWE. “This is not a smash-and-grab; this is not a broadside stunt.”

Rousey pronounced that when she initial met with WWE executive Triple H, “I told him, ‘There are other things we can do with my time that’ll make approach some-more money, yet we won’t suffer scarcely as much.’” Long famous to be a fan of pro wrestling, Rousey appeared during WrestleMania in 2015 and helped Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson reject Triple H and his mother and associate WWE official, Stephanie McMahon.

On Sunday, though, Rousey done a indicate of jolt McMahon’s palm during a eventuality and, after a locus privileged out, was all smiles with her new bosses. She wore a shirt temperament her name in lettering that paid loyalty to former WWE luminary “Rowdy” Roddy Piper, who died in 2015 — Rousey had already been regulating a “Rowdy” moniker herself as an MMA fighter — and she said her leather coupler had been owned by Piper and was given to her by his son.

“It’s humorous — it’s kind of like acting, in that it was something we always wanted to do yet we never suspicion was in a cards for me,” Rousey pronounced to Shelburne about carrying dreamed of being a pro wrestler. “And now that we comprehend we unequivocally do have this opportunity, we feel like my 6-year-old self would totally flog my donkey if we didn’t take it.”

It has been an event months in a making, after reports in Aug had Rousey beginning to train to learn wrestling moves. She was speckled consultation with Triple H around that time during a taping for an all-female WWE tournament, afterwards seemed in a “work,” a staged confrontation, for a association a subsequent month.

Reports emerged in December that Rousey was “finalizing details” of a agreement with a WWE, yet it was remarkable during a time that she was also set to film scenes for a movie, “Mile 22,” by Feb and so would expected be singular in her wrestling tasks until afterward. On Sunday, Internet sleuths beheld that Rousey’s amicable media accounts, that were used intermittently over a past integrate of months, had unexpected sprung to life recently with several posts that could be interpreted as suspiciously emphasizing a fact that she was sharpened a film in Colombia — and was so in no position to uncover adult in Philadelphia on Sunday, right?

Enjoying some #Colombia cuisine with a #mile22 organisation ???? #ajiaco

A post common by rondarousey (@rondarousey) on Jan 27, 2018 during 2:49pm PST

Wrong. The fact that a WWE done a women’s Royal Rumble the final compare Sunday, instead of a men’s version, struck some as outrageous spirit that Rousey was set to tighten a uncover in some way, yet as she told Shelburne, it took a “team effort” to keep her coming as many of a warn as it was. Rousey pronounced it compulsory her to fly commercially from Colombia to Florida “without being seen,” afterwards be whisked by private jet to New Jersey, driven to a locus and shepherded to a “back elevator,” adding, “I’ve only been Rapunzel in a tower, flattering much, for a past 24 hours.”

No earlier had Asuka won a compare than WWE champions Charlotte Flair and Alexa Bliss entered a ring. The high-powered contingent did not have prolonged to sell pleasantries, though, when a locus began grating Joan Jett’s “Bad Reputation” before display Rousey’s name and afterwards a lady herself.

“I’m happy for her. This is something she has always wanted to do,” UFC  boss Dana White pronounced in a content to ESPN’s Brett Okamoto. “Ronda continues to grasp all she has ever wanted.”

White has prolonged voiced doubt that Rousey, with whom he is close, will attend in any some-more MMA fights, all yet propelling her to pursue a full-time behaving career. Having achieved luminary standing while starting off with a dominant, 12-0 record in MMA, a former Olympic bronze medalist in judo mislaid her final dual UFC fights by knockout, puncturing her aura and withdrawal her essence wounded.

In an talk with Shelburne that was available before a Royal Rumble, Rousey left open a probability of returning to MMA, observant that she never rigourously late from judo, either. “All we know is that we unequivocally wish to persevere 100 percent of my time to wrestling right now, and whatever people wish to call that, they can call it,” she said.

Rousey is frequency a initial MMA warrior to burst to pro wrestling, or clamp versa — prior examples have enclosed Brock Lesnar, Ken Shamrock, Dan Severn and CM Punk. The WWE has also has done overtures to another UFC luminary with a talent for self-promotion, Conor McGregor.

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