Ronda Rousey is joining the WWE – and she announced it in the most dramatic way

Ronda Rousey is joining the WWE – and she announced it in the most dramatic way

Ronda Rousey is joining the WWE – and she announced it in the most dramatic way

Former UFC champion Ronda Rousey announced she is joining the WWE by making a dramatic appearance at the pay-per-view Royal Rumble.

The mixed martial arts fighter surprised the crowd at the end of the first ever women’s Royal Rumble, won by Asuka.


My road to #wrestlemania begins now

A post shared by rondarousey (@rondarousey) on

“This is my life now,” she told ESPN after appearing in the ring.

“First priority on my timeline for the next several years. This is not a smash-and-grab; this is not a publicity stunt.”

There is little information on the deal between Rousey and the WWE, but reports suggest she has signed a full-time contract.

Rousey’s switch to wrestling comes after she was defeated in her last two UFC bouts – Amanda Nunes knocked her out in just 48 seconds in 2016, and she lost to Holly Holm in 2015.

A longtime fan of the WWE, “Rowdy” Ronda Rousey takes her nickname from WWE superstar Roddy Piper, who granted her permission to use the name.

She came out on Sunday night wearing the late Rowdy Roddy’s leather jacket, which was given to her by the Canadian pro-wrestler’s son.

“I’m just so incredibly lucky,” she told a WWE reporter, “I’m aware of it, I’m very aware of it.

“This has been a dream of mine since before I could talk.”

Joining Royal Rumble winner Asuka, Charlotte Flair and Alexa Bliss in the ring, the former UFC bantamweight champion said little to her fellow wrestlers before pointing at the WrestleMania sign above her, hinting at when she would make her WWE debut.


Gettin’ #Rowdy at #royalrumble

A post shared by rondarousey (@rondarousey) on

Performing in the WWE should not be too much of a stretch for Rousey, who had roles in The Expendables 3, Furious 7 and the Entourage film.

She began her career in judo, winning a bronze medal at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games.

At just 21 she retired from the sport and entered the world of mixed martial arts, becoming the first female fighter signed with the UFC in 2012.

She defended her bantamweight champion belt six times before her losses to Holm and then Nunes.

More in this Section

Boys in Green face March mission against SlovakiaBoys in Green face March mission against Slovakia

McCarthy ready to start afresh in MarchMcCarthy ready to start afresh in March

Ireland’s stunning fightback stuns SwedesIreland’s stunning fightback stuns Swedes

Championship 2020 set for West Cork ‘group of death’Championship 2020 set for West Cork ‘group of death’


Tis the season for sequins and excess, but minimalists can stick to their style guns in the season’s next level neutrals. From low-key glitz that’s perfect for party wear to the wardrobe heroes with trans-seasonal appeal, slide into neutral for maximum style with minimal effort. Carolyn Moore reports.Low-key glitz for minimalists with this season's neutrals

How to plump, hydrate and get rid of spots fast before your Christmas party.The Skin Nerd: Getting your quick fix for the festive party season

Irish photographer Seamus Murphy brought music star PJ Harvey to Afghanistan to film part of their documentary, writes Esther McCarthy.Headlong into the war zone in new documentary

Kya deLongchamps shows us how to champion our environmentWinter greens: How to champion our environment this season

More From The Irish Examiner