She started as a UFC fighter, became a champion, tried her hand at acting, and now, Ronda Rousey is moving to the world of professional wrestling. Yes, Rousey is indeed moving to the WWE to become a full-time professional wrestler. As she tells it, this isn't some stunt move for PR reasons. Rousey is very committed to her new career. Here's what she had to say about it while speaking with ESPN.
"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.'"
The world learned of Ronda Rousey's move to the WWE during the recent Royal Rumble pay-per-view event. She made a surprise appearance during the first ever all-female Royal Rumble match. Japanese superstar Asuka emerged victorious in the match and just after, WWE women's champions Alexa Bliss and Charlotte Flair entered the ring. Then, Joan Jett's song Bad Reputation started playing on the PA system and Rousey's name came up on the screen. She then stepped into the ring and shook Stephanie McMahon's hand. Following the event, Rousey found herself at a loss for words.
"I don't have words at all. I'm like, this is the most overstimulated I've ever been in my life and ... I'm just, like I'm still processing it. I'm so happy and I don't have words for it, and I usually have words for everything; This never happened before."
Ronda Rousey completely changed the world of MMA and the UFC. She went on to become the bantamweight UFC champion, winning the majority of her fights in just over a minute. Her UFC career led to her becoming a pop culture icon, which in turn led to her hosting SNL and appearing in movies like Furious 7. However, her acting career didn't really take off, with movies like Do Nothing Bitches and the gender-swapped Roadhouse remake never getting off the ground. Her failed acting career ultimately led to this movie to the WWE. Rousey says pro wrestling is kind of like acting, but it's something she's always wanted to do.
"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. 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."
Her career in the UFC ended somewhat unceremoniously, having lost her last two fights. "I'm happy for her. This is something she has always wanted to do. Ronda continues to achieve everything she has ever wanted," said UFC president Dana White to ESPN, following the news of her movie to the world of professional wrestling. There's no word on when we can expect to start seeing Ronda Rousey on the WWE broadcasts, but since she's doing this full-time, we can expect to see a lot of her in the near future.