One of the biggest highlights from WrestleMania 31 last month in California was the surprise tag team featuring Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Ronda Rousey, a dream team of both sports excellence and showmanship.
While speculation has been brewing as to whether the undefeated women’s bantamweight champion will actually return to the wrestling ring, the predominate response has been no, not anytime in the near future.
However, that wasn’t what Rousey herself was saying during a recent conversation with WWE idol Roddy Piper.
“The second I left I was already thinking, ‘How can I possibly go back?’ I didn’t even change (clothes) yet,” the armbar specialist said on Piper’s podcast.
At the recent WWE extravaganza, The Rock pulled Rousey out of the crowd and brought her into the ring with Triple H and Stephanie McMahon. Following coarse words — including the UFC titleholder claiming “any ring she enters is mine” — she judo-tossed Triple H and made him head for the hills.
It was a truly awesome fan moment and a brilliant example of a successful WWE and UFC crossover.
While “Rowdy” is supremely focused on her forthcoming main event bout against Bethe Correia at UFC 190 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, she is also hoping to find a way back into the wrestling ring. That said, the Olympian admits the predetermined nature of the matches are significantly less thrilling than the rounds which unfold inside the Octagon; the environment in which she so brilliantly thrives.
“I need to find a way (to go back to WWE) but I have a lot of stuff going on,” Rousey continued. “I’m fighting Aug. 1 [and] the kind of beating Bethe is going to get in Brazil is nothing compared to anything anyone can make up in the meantime, so I can’t make anyone excited about anything while that fight is looming over my head.”
Perhaps Ronda’s biggest success at WrestleMania 31 wasn’t just taking down the WWE “heels,” it was how well she maintained her composure in front of the enormous crowd and didn’t let the undeniable presence of Johnson outshine her.
Most pro wrestling fans love The Rock, who has an intoxicating energy inside the ring, but Rousey was quick to showcase her own dominance throughout the takeover moment as well, which will only help her campaign for a WWE return in the not-too-distant future.
For now, we’ll have to wait a short while before we see Dana White’s golden goose leave the cage and slide under the ropes, but rest assured that when she does, there will be serious fireworks (again).