It appears as though there’s going to be an announcement coming very soon about Ronda Rousey officially joining WWE according to USA Today. Their story written by Martin Rogers claims that “two sources close to Rousey” have informed them that Rousey going to WWE is imminent and they are in the process of finalizing the details.
This news isn’t surprising considering Rousey was a part of WrestleMania 31 in a memorable segment helping The Rock deal with Triple H and Stephanie McMahon in 2015 as well Rousey saying two years ago that she wanted to be Divas Champion (they got rid of that title and have two Women’s Champions now). Earlier this summer, Rousey attended the Mae Young Classic tapings to support for friend Shayna Baszler, who lost in the finals and a few months ago there was a rumor of Rousey and friends vs. WWE’s Four Horsewomen (Charlotte Flair, Becky Lynch, Bayley & Sasha Banks). In addition to that, Rousey has been training to wrestle for the past several months in California (at a school run by WWE superstar Brian Kendrick) and also did some training at WWE’s Performance Center.
Rousey, who is 30 years old, is a huge WWE fan that was a huge name in Ultimate Fighting Championships that was 12-0 in MMA before losing her last two fights to finish with a 12-2 record. While she isn’t officially retired from UFC, it’s unlikely that she will fight again. Rousey was huge draw for UFC as she was a part of three shows that did over 1 million PPV buys and was arguably the biggest name in the sport as the UFC Women’s Bantamweight Champion. Rousey was known for her quick finishes with four of her wins coming in under one minute. Fans wanted to see her fights to see how fast she would win. Rousey lost her first fight to Holly Holm at UFC 193 in November 2015, which was one of the biggest upsets in UFC history. Rousey took a year off and lost to Amanda Nunes in December 2016 at UFC 207, which is likely her last UFC fight ever.
Dana White, the President of UFC, has recently told MMA Junkie that he didn’t want her fighting anymore: “I wouldn’t want to see it. I wouldn’t want it to happen. I care about her. She has got money … and all that stuff. I don’t want to see it happen.” The main reason for it is that White doesn’t want to see her get hurt like some fighters that hang around for too long.
Considering WWE had Rousey and friends already challenge WWE’s Four Horsewomen to a match several months ago, we may have a good idea of where things are headed with her.
Rousey also has appeared in films such as Entourage, Furious 7, The Expendables 3 and also hosted Saturday Night Live.
No comment from WWE yet.
Here’s a recent Instagram post from Rousey featuring a clip of her lifting weights at WWE’s Performance Center and also in the ring training with Natalya. You may have to pause it to see those things, but they are there.
TJR Take: I would expect 2018 to feature Rousey’s in-ring debut at some point and if they’re smart, WrestleMania will be the place to do it. I think it’s only a matter of time until WWE announces it. The smartest way to do the Four Horsewomen vs. Four Horsewomen angle is to have Rousey and friends show up at the Royal Rumble, confront Charlotte and friends – then do the WrestleMania challenge there. That way, people would know one of the biggest matches a few months before it takes place.
Rousey’s drawing power is hurt a bit by the two losses she suffered in UFC, but she’s still a big name with a lot of credibility. What I like about her the most is that she’s a genuine, huge wrestling fan that loves the business and will work her ass to be good at it.
Now that this story is out by USA Today, it will probably pick up steam all over the place. I think WWE may want to wait until early next year to announce any kind of deal with her, but if they want to strike while the iron is hot it may be this week or next week.
John Cena on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon
John Cena, the part time WWE superstar that has won 16 World Titles when he was active, was a guest on the Tonight Show on Wednesday. Cena was the first guest on the show and appeared in two segments. The first segment was mostly spent with Cena talking about what Christmas is like for him, learning how to speak Mandarin and he plugged the animated “Ferdinand” that sees Cena in a lead acting role for the animated film where he voices the bull named…you guessed it…Ferdinand. They didn’t talk about wrestling much at all.
Cena also appeared in a very funny sketch with Fallon called “Mad Lib Theater” that went for about eight minutes. They weren’t able to keep from breaking up with laughter towards the end of the skit, which made it even funnier.
The Tonight Show posted the two clips of Cena on their Youtube channel.
There was also this web exclusive clip of Cena backstage participating in “Random Object Jingles.”
In Other News
– Terry Funk, who is a WWE Hall of Famer, was interviewed by WrestlingInc and during their discussion, he said he wanted the “great losers” of wrestling to be in WWE’s Hall of Fame:
“The guys that go into the Hall of Fame are the winners, and the losers are the ones who put them in there, and I would like to see some of the great losers through the years be in the Hall of Fame. I know that that’s probably impossible, but you’ve got to give those losers credit, they made the winners.”
It’s a good idea. I don’t know if WWE is going to put in the likes of Barry Horowitz, Iron Mike Sharpe, Barry O and other “jobbers” ever in their HOF, but Funk makes a good point that guys like that deserve the recognition too. I just don’t think it should be in WWE’s Hall of Fame. That’s more for the elite and the ones that had a bigger role.
– Most of the Raw crew flew to Abu Dhabi for two shows there and a Saturday night show in India. WWE posted these photos of Jason Jordan and Enzo Amore visiting a sick children’s hospital.
Here’s a picture from 15 years ago of Triple H with Ric Flair in India. Triple H faces Jinder Mahal at the India house show in New Delhi on Saturday.
– There’s not much else going on, so here’s a fun Twitter exchange because former WWE superstar AJ Lee with Bayley, Paige and Big E. AJ is looking good, but those are some big…glasses.
Huge thank you to NAMI New Jersey & Aruna Rao for having me as keynote speaker at this year’s conference. Can’t believe I didn’t curse once. pic.twitter.com/nlSkdwITHu
— AJ (@TheAJMendez) December 6, 2017
I like your hair
— Bayley (@itsBayleyWWE) December 6, 2017
— PAIGE (@RealPaigeWWE) December 6, 2017
You beautiful unicorns, you know I love all my children equally. Well except for Big E, who comes in a distant 3rd place. https://t.co/7ZmUh1sRhH
— AJ (@TheAJMendez) December 6, 2017
I can’t wait to put you in a nursing home. https://t.co/Amh3yWlqLR
— ShinigamE (@WWEBigE) December 6, 2017
The Video Section
Here’s a match from the 2010 Night of Champions PPV with Daniel Bryan facing off against The Miz. This was back when Bryan was a “rookie” in WWE and he was having great matches often times in the opening match on PPVs or in the midcard. Miz won his first WWE Title a few months after this while Bryan won his first World Heavyweight Title a year later.
Total Divas was on last night and WWE posted three clips on their Youtube channel. I’ll just share one of them. Here’s one of them with Alexa Bliss and Nia Jax visiting a pig farm. Do adult women in 2017 really do stuff like that? I don’t know. It’s scripted reality. You figure it out.
Here’s Naomi and Jimmy Uso doing a Superstar Impression Battle on WWE’s Youtube channel. Pretty funny. They are a married couple, so they had a lot of fun with it.
It is Dean Ambrose’s birthday today. He is 32 years old, so I’ll pick an Ambrose related video except not from WWE. It’s Ambrose as Jon Moxley battling against Brodie Lee (Harper) in CZW Wrestling from 2011. Violent match. It got them noticed, though, because look where they are now.
That’s all for now. Comment below with any thoughts/questions and I will reply or hit me up on Twitter @johnreport as well. Thanks for reading. Back tomorrow for more.