If you thought Ronda Rousey would enjoy a quiet retirement after leaving the UFC, you were wrong. Rousey just announced her next career move with plenty of drama befitting the organization that signed her: She’s joining the WWE.
Rousey made a surprise appearance at the end of Sunday night’s pay-per-view Royal Rumble event, entering the ring as champ Asuka was choosing who her next opponent would be. Rousey attempted to shake Asuka’s hand, was snubbed, then left the ring to shake the hand of WWE Chief Brand Officer Stephanie McMahon, signaling that she has signed on to be a pro wrestler.
“This is my life now. First priority on my timeline for the next several years,” Rousey told ESPN. “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.'”
This comes after months of speculation, and Rousey actually denying that any deal had been made right before the Sunday night event.
“I’m actually leaving to Colombia right now to finish shooting Mile 22, and won’t be back until mid February,” she told TMZ last week when asked if she would be appearing at the Royal Rumble. So much for that plan, though it seemed to throw fans off her trail at least, because people were shocked to see her appear at the WWE event.
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Cheers, Rousey fans! The queen isn’t leaving your TV screen just yet.