Ronda Rousey signs with the WWE, "This is my life now"


Rousey first appeared in the WWE in March 2015 when she made an appearance at WrestleMania 31 alongside "The Rock" to face Triple H and Stephanie McMahon.

Upon making that walk down the ring, complete with "Rowdy" Roddy Piper's jacket and her customary theme music, Rousey pointed to the WrestleMania sign.

If you haven't heard, not only did Rousey appear at the WWE Royal Rumble yesterday, the star also confirmed in an interview with ESPN that she's signed with the pro-wrestling organization.

While several wrestlers like John Cena have managed to juggle a full-time wrestling schedule along with a growing movie career, it's unlikely Rousey will commit to any new film projects while jumping head-first into the world of sports entertainment.

"This is not a smash-and-grab; this is not a publicity stunt", Rousey continued. "There are other things I can do with my time that'll make way more money, but I won't enjoy almost as much".

Rousey's last UFC bout was a TKO loss to Amanda Nunes on 30 December, 2016.

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Asuka refused to shake hands with Rousey but Raw commissioner Stephanie McMahon, who was on commentary duty at ringside, did shake hands with the former UFC champion.

Rousey, an American MMA competitor and judoka, has had several successful stints that began with her taking home a bronze medal in judo at the 2008 Olympics.

Ronda Rousey was born to kick people's asses.

When asked for comment on this new chapter in her life, Rousey told Shelbourne: "This is my life now". The match was over and Asuka had finished celebrating; she was now thinking about which women's title to go for - Charlotte's or Alexa's gold. She became the Strikeforce Women's Bantamweight Champion in 2011 and then moved to the UFC where she became the first Women's Bantamweight Champion in 2012. "This is something she has always wanted to do", UFC president Dana White told ESPN.

While there is no immediate word on any potential opponents for Rousey, it was clear from her appearance that she will be involved in this year's WrestleMania.

'I think with her main eventing in UFC, she obviously opened the door for us to be taken more serious as superstars, ' said Flair, daughter of WWE Hall of Famer Ric Flair. The WWE had a long history of featuring women in more sexualized roles, including wrestling in Bra-and-Panties matches, but in recent years has had a big push to portray their women's division more seriously.