The UFC's biggest female superstar and the former women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey has been snapped by WWE as a full-time professional wrestler.
The 30-year old was expected to feature in the WWE's Royal Rumble in Philadelphia on Sunday, and the fans inside the arena kept chanting her name throughout the match. But their wishes were quashed when WWE legend Trish Stratus emerged at the No.30 and as the last participant in the fight.
But she did make a shock entrance, only to surprise the inaugural women's Royal Rumble winner Asuka, though no words were exchanged between them, she did point towards the Wrestlemania sign- no guess here about what she wants next in WWE.
The switch was confirmed later in an interview released by ESPN, Rousey said: “This is my life now. 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.'”
“It’s funny – it’s kind of like acting, in that it was something I always wanted to do but I never thought was in the cards for me,” Rousey said. “And now that I realize I really do have this opportunity, I feel like my 6-year-old self would totally kick my ass if I didn’t take it.”
The 30-year old was tipped to make a comeback to MMA at some point but the two straight defeats in the UFC against Holly Holm and Amanda Nunes forced her to go for an easy ride in her career. She was at the zenith of her power when she won 12 straight MMA fights, 6 in UFC before suffering her first loss to Holly Holm in November 2015.