Rousey hasn't fought since a December 2016 loss to Amanda Nunes. Regardless, any potential deal with Rousey is likely to be more along the lines of the one afforded to Brock Lesnar; one in which she is used sparingly as an attraction performer, rather than a full-time in-ring competitor. And a match against the WWE's version of the Four Horsewomen - Charlotte Flair, Bayley, Sasha Banks, and Becky Lynch - has been strongly teased. She brought crashing down an image of invincibility Rousey had crafted en route to a dominant 6-0 start on the UFC circuit that made her one of the biggest stars in sports.
According to an article from USA Today, Ronda Rousey and WWE are "very close" to terms on reaching a deal. Following the two losses to Nunes, UFC president Dana White has been vocal about his opposition to Rousey's return. Shayna Baszler gave up mixed-martial arts in favour of pro-wrestling, and is now signed to the WWE after finishing second in the company's women-only Mae Young Classic tournament earlier this year.
Speculation has been running wild over a possible Wrestlemania appearance next year at New Orleans for a long time now and the 30-year-old fuelled the rumours last September. She's got enough money. "I wouldn't want it to happen". I've seen Pro Wrestling Sheet's Ryan Satin throw out the idea of Rousey ending Asuka's streak at WrestleMania, and the reactions to the suggestion were mixed.
Baszler began her MMA career in 2003 and has competed in a total of 26 fights with a record of 15-11.
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Whether that actually happens remains to be seen, but Rousey is legitimately a huge name who can attract a wide audience in WWE regardless of what she does. She has appeared in several movies such as "Entourage", "Furious 7" and "The Expendables 3".
If WWE didn't want to wait until WrestleMania 34 on April 8, then Rousey could appear at the 2018 Royal Rumble on January 28 at the Wells Fargo Center.
MMA Weekly reported Wednesday that, as production on that film is expected to last until February, Rousey would not be a full-time member of WWE but would participate in some of the company's most high-profile events over the coming year.