The WWE is seemingly ready to pursue its next part-time Superstar. On Thursday, TMZ posted an interview with Stephanie McMahon in which the minority owner expressed her interest in signing Rousey to a deal.
Rousey recently stated that her upcoming bout against UFC Women’s Bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes would be “one of her last,” Since then the speculation on The Rowdy One’s next career choice kicked into high gear.
Rousey is a big professional wrestling fan and she’s already made a cameo appearance at WrestleMania 31. There wouldn’t appear to be a more natural performer to transition into the world of professional wrestling.
When McMahon was asked if there was any chance of bringing Rousey to the WWE, Stephanie said: “I sure hope so. I gotta get her back. She put me in that arm bar. I’m certainly going to try.”
The WWE will be competing against the pull of Hollywood as it is believed Rousey would like to pursue her acting career. Chances are, the WWE won’t fight her too much on that front as it already utilizes stars like The Rock, Brock Lesnar and lately even John Cena on a part-time basis.
The popularity those Superstars attain away from the ring only adds to the commercial appeal for their WWE appearances. However, many hardcore wrestling fans would argue the infiltration of part-time Superstars into the main storylines is one of the many ailments for the industry.
The other obligations these part-timers have often handcuffs the WWE writers and it could be argued this element brings about predictable outcomes, and locker room unrest.
Nevertheless, Rousey making some sort of a splash with the WWE in the near future feels like an absolute certainty. We’ll see how much longer she wants to compete in the UFC, and then we can start the countdown toward her first in-ring appearance in the WWE.
If I was a betting man, I’d say she’ll have a match in the WWE by 2018, and quite possibly a few appearances in 2017. The interest is mutual and there’s a lot of money to be made by all involved.