Posts Tagged ‘Ronda Rousey’

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WWE has announced that Mae Young Classic runner-up Shayna Baszler has officially started at the WWE Performance Center in Orlando. They announced the following:

Shayna Baszler officially joins the WWE Performance CenterShayna Baszler already made history as a finalist in the inaugural WWE Mae Young Classic. Now, The Queen of Spades is ready to embark on her new career in WWE as an official member of the WWE Performance Center in Orlando, Fla.

Baszler, a former UFC fighter originally from Sioux City, S.D., began training full-time at the Performance Center last week.

“I’m looking forward to getting out there and twisting limbs off and breaking bodies,” she told WWE.com. “I can’t wait.”

The WWE Universe watched this past summer as Baszler used a rear-naked choke to submit four consecutive opponents and advance to the Mae Young Classic Final, where she lost to tournament winner Kairi Sane of Japan.

A member of the MMA Four Horsewomen and former training partner of Ronda Rousey, Baszler brings extensive catch wrestling expertise to the Performance Center. She learned the dangerous and hybrid form of grappling under former UFC Heavyweight Champion Josh Barnett and the late U.K. legend Billy Robinson, continuing a prestigious lineage that also includes Karl Gotch, whom Japanese audiences once dubbed “The God of Wrestling.”

Baszler described WWE as “the next step” in her progression as a combat athlete.

“It’s very serious to me and, in some ways, a lot more important [than MMA] based on where I come from,” Baszler said. “Waving the banner of my coaches is a heavy flag to wield, so it’s something I take very serious. Because of that, I wanted to start at the beginning and show that I’m willing to start at the bottom and prove myself and work my way up, so there’s no excuse when I get here and I’m breaking these girls in half. I didn’t get any ‘gimmes.'”

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Source: ESPN

Charlotte spoke with ESPN on a number of wrestling topics. Here are some of the highlights:

Facing Ronda Rousey in the main event of WrestleMania:

“I hope that’s the main event of WrestleMania. That’s my dream. I hope we can make it happen. She really opened the doors for a lot of women. Having that opportunity would be huge. I don’t know what her goals are, but it’s just cool that she wants to be a part of our world.”

Rousey’s popularity being an influence within the WWE:

“I thank Ronda for opening the door for us. If Ronda had never been given that main event spot as a female and doing what she did with it, I don’t know if we would have ever been given that chance. Yeah, we were killing it at NXT, but I don’t know if the main roster audience and the business side would have thought the women could carry the main storyline and main event a pay-per-view and we did and I think that’s because they saw how popular Ronda was and if you give us a storyline, we can deliver and we did deliver, so I want to thank her.”

What she learned after Ric Flair’s recent health scare:

“He’s good. He went home last week. I’d say a couple of positive things came out of it. I had to take two weeks off, which is the longest I’ve taken off since I’ve started. So I was able to slow down and realize it’s a marathon, not a sprint. Having that time with my dad was so great and it also made my dad realize that he’s 68. He has to slow down. They really did tell us that he wasn’t going to make it. That was so hard. They gave him a 20 percent chance and we said our goodbyes and then he made out of surgery and every day, he slowly got better.”

You can read the full interview by clicking here.

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The long-awaited transferal of one of MMA’s biggest stars to the squared-circle is edging ever closer, as Ronda Rousey appeared at WWE’s Mae Young classic to issue a challenge to the organisation’s elite group of female grapplers.

Rousey and fellow ‘Horsewomen’ Marina Shafir and Jessamyn Duke were on hand in support of the fourth spoke to their wheel, Shayna Baszler, as she progressed to the tournament’s third round. Whilst speaking about the pride in their colleague’s victory after the show, the trio were suddenly interrupted by three of WWE’s own ‘Four Horsewomen’, Charlotte, Becky Lynch, and Bayley.

The six then stood around awkwardly for a little while until Rousey laid down the gauntlet, telling the interlopers, “Name the time, name the place.” The prevailing theory is that the two quartets will collide in a traditional 4-vs-4 contest at November’s Survivor Series.

Rousey and co. are long admirers of the wrestling business – their ‘Four Horsewomen’ moniker derives from Ric Flair’s famous stable of the ’80s – and so the transition from the Octagon to the ring has seemed inevitable for a while. Ronda appeared at WrestleMania 31 where she vaulted the barricade to share the spotlight with The Rock in a high-profile angle opposite Triple H and Stephanie McMahon, whilst Shafir is currently engaged to NXT standout Bobby Roode. Baszler herself has obviously already made the switch, with WWE said to be extremely positive about her performances so far.

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Source: Al Arabiya English

Former SmackDown Women’s Champion Becky Lynch recently did an interview with Al Arabiya English at a media event to talk about a variety of professional wrestling topics. You can check out some highlights below:

If wrestling fulfills her the same way as when she started off:

“It’s actually even better now because I’m more comfortable. Not in a bad way, I’m just more comfortable in the ring and I’m more confident with my audience and I know more. So before you’re so on edge and you’re so nervous and hoping everything goes right and you don’t mess up, that you don’t get to relax and enjoy it. Now there’s that ability that you know these ropes, you know this ring, you know this surface, you know this crowd. You can interpret what they’re responding to better. With that there’s the ability to go further and achieve more, and bust through more glass ceilings.

“I feel like that’s the part I’m at right now, because the great thing about wrestling is ebbs and flows. You’re never just on top, you’re always riding away. That’s what’s so great about surfing. Sometimes you just got to sit on the calm and then wait for that wave and ride it to the end. Right now I feel like I’m sitting on that calm searching for that wave so I can get on it.”

Ronda Rousey and other MMA stars possibly coming to WWE:

“I feel like if it’s going to get more eyes on us, then that’s wonderful. What I want to see is women who are passionate about this, and that they’re doing it for the right reasons, and that they care about this business because we have been busting our tails for the past four years to make sure that women are seen in a different way and women are seen in a different light.

“And of course, Ronda, with all she’s done for UFC, would be a great asset. I can’t diminish her accomplishments at all because she’s incredible in her own right. But this is our sport, and coming in here you have to prove yourself in a whole different way.”

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Here comes the bride.

UFC commissioner Dana White dropped a bombshell Friday, casually revealing that former women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey will marry fiance and fellow fighter Travis Browne on Saturday – the day of the Floyd Mayweather-Conor McGregor superfight.

“Rousey gets married tomorrow. Tomorrow is her wedding,” White said on “The Rich Eisen Show,” according to Alexander K. Lee of MMA Fighting.

“And she’s in a good place, she’s really happy, and she hasn’t announced her retirement or anything like that. She’s focusing on this wedding.”

White only found out about the wedding in a conversation with Rousey on Friday, and initially told her he’d attend. But White reneged when Rousey revealed the wedding was Saturday.

Rousey and Browne announced their engagement in April, four months after her shocking, 48-second loss to Amanda Nunes at UFC 207.

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Former UFC Bantamweight Champion Ronda Rousey has expressed interest in training to become a pro wrestler, according to Fightful.com, who claim to have gained information from unnamed sources close to WWE.

Rousey has apparently started training with current WWE superstar (and trainer) Brian Kendrick, who currently competes on 205 Live. Her entry into the industry was apparently a big talking point backstage at the tapings of the recent Mae Young Classic (which airs on the WWE Network later this month).

MMA fans will be very familiar with Rousey, one of the biggest names in the world of combat sports. She is a known wrestling fan, and memorably appeared at WrestleMania 31 in a segment alongside The Rock, Triple H, and Stephanie McMahon. At the time, this led to wild speculation that Rousey would be booked for a match at a subsequent ‘Mania – although nothing has come of it since.

She has also dabbled in acting, appearing in The Expendables 3 and Furious 7.

Rousey last fought at UFC 207 in December 2016, losing to Amanda Nunes in a matter of seconds. She has since teased a ‘big announcement’ on her official website, but it’s unclear whether this is linked to her rumoured venture into wrestling.

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The rumor mill can’t go more than a few months without churning out speculation that Ronda Rousey is on the verge of joining the WWE ranks. After her appearance at WrestleMania 31 – one of the event’s most talked about segments – the self-confessed obsessive wrestling fan has been continuously linked to the company via little more than gossip and wishful thinking.

Following back-to-back brutal TKO defeats to Holly Holm and Amanda Nunes, the former UFC women’s bantamweight champion has plummeted from her lofty status as MMA’s biggest draw and most polarizing superstar. A once-burgeoning Hollywood career has stalled amidst criticism of her acting skills and the loss of her aura of invincibility.

She hasn’t shown any intent to compete in the octagon again, although that’s merely conjecture based on the fact that she’s avoided addressing it with the media since her demoralizing beatdown at UFC 207. It’s worth noting that UFC President Dana White has gone on record with the opinion that we’ve seen the last of her in the cage.

Now the wrestling world is once again buzzing with talk that ‘Rowdy’ Ronda is WWE-bound, and this time the fuel for the fire is Rousey following a bevy of official WWE-related Twitter accounts.

The Olympic bronze medalist isn’t a frequent Twitter user and hasn’t posted anything in over a month and a half, with her second-to-last tweet being one of the excellent NXT vignettes on Roderick Strong. Although she has over three million followers, the judoka only follows less than a thousand people in return, so there could actually be some significance to these mass connections.

Some of the accounts Ronda has followed are @WWE, @WWEUniverse, @BellaTwins, @NaomiWWE, @TheAJMendez, and @NatByNature, the latter of which recently praised the UFC star in a Sports Illustrated interview and expressed her desire to face her in the squared circle.

The McMahons and company have made no secret about their aspirations to again work with Rousey, with Stephanie calling Ronda and the WWE “a match made in heaven.” The door is obviously open should she ever chose to walk through it, and as someone with a newfound penchant for being disfigured by punches and kicks, the worked environment of professional wrestling would seem to suit her much better at this point in her life.

Add in the fact that she’s among the most dedicated of fanatics and there actually could be some fire stirring up all this smoke.

All that being said, these are still nothing more than rumors based on the shakiest of foundations. Take this for what it’s worth until something more concrete materializes.