From the WWE Rumor Mill: Will Ronda Rousey be In a WWE ring sooner than we thought?
What's the story?
Since her appearance at WrestleMania 31, there's been more than a little speculation as to if - and when - former UFC Women's Bantamweight Champion Ronda Rousey would actually compete in a WWE match. According to a report from the Wrestling Observer Newsletter's Dave Meltzer, not only will that been sooner than later, but she's bringing friends.
In case you didn't know
When Rousey appeared at WrestleMania 31 with The Rock to confront Stephanie McMahon and Triple H, she was then undefeated in MMA and a UFC champion. Even before that, she was acknowledged as a huge wrestling fan, even haven been given permission to use the "Rowdy" nickname from Roddy Piper himself.
Her most recent high-profile sighting has been at Full Sail University for WWE's Mae Young Classic women's tournament, where she was greeted by Triple H and sat in the front row with her MMA Four Horsewomen pals (Jessamyn Duke and Marina Shafir) to cheer on their friend (and fourth Horsewoman) Shayna Baszler. During the tournament, segments with those four confronting WWE's own Four Horsewomen (Bayley, Shasha Banks, Becky Lynch, and Charlotte Flair) were filmed.
The heart of the matter
Based on Meltzer's report, it seems like the two teams or four may actually clash at Survivor Series. Meltzer has stated that the eight-person tag match (which we can only assume is a Traditional Survivor Series elimination match) will be the jumping off point for a match with Rousey and some other opponent (Meltzer mentions either Stephanie McMahon or Charlotte) at WrestleMania 34 next year in New Orleans.
The Mae Young Classic finals - which has Baszler pitted against Japan;s Kairi Sane - will air on the WWE Network on September 12. Chances are that both groups will be in attendance at the show, planting, even more, seeds for the possible Survivor Series match. We probably won't get any more concrete information regarding it until then.
In any other scenario, a WWE vs "celebrities" Survivor Series match sounds like a nightmare. However, in this case, the "celebrities" are bonafide athletes - and we're not talking William Perry (no offense, Fridge! We love ya!) or Dennis Rodman. We're talking athletes will skill sets that can translate well into the pro wrestling world. I hope they pull this off - this is really a match I want to see.