If you were watching the 2018 Grammys on Sunday (Jan. 28), you may have missed the big news coming out of WWE’s Royal Rumble.
During the annual event, former UFC superstar Ronda Rousey officially announced that she’s taking her talents to the WWE.
She made a surprise appearance at the WWE’s Royal Rumble pay-per-view in Philadelphia. She emerged from backstage after the first-ever women’s Royal Rumble match… and shocked the crowd. Yet, also confirming the rumors that have been circulating.
Japanese superstar Asuka claimed victory in the women’s Royal Rumble match, before WWE women’s champions Alexa Bliss and Charlotte Flair entered on either side of the ring. Then, out of nowhere, Joan Jett’s “Bad Reputation” blared through the speakers and Rousey’s name appeared on the screen.
After smiling for the crowd, Rousey made her way down to the ring, stepped inside and pointed to the WrestleMania sign. She then shook Stephanie McMahon’s hand.
In an interview with ESPN, Rousey made it clear she plans to participate in the WWE for the next several years.
“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,” she said. “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.’ ”
Rousey rose to fame as an MMA fighter, as we all know, demolishing her competition over her first 12 professional fights and became a pop culture star in the process. However, after losing her last two fights in devastating fashion, fans were left wondering: what is next? Apparently, it’s the WWE.
ESPN also asked Rousey if her MMA career was over. She wouldn’t say whether she’s made a decision or not, but declined to talk about her loss in her final fight against Amanda Nunes.
“I’d rather not talk about that right now,” she said.