Note: This is an article I wrote for MMA Latest News
Brock Lesnar wasn’t the only UFC champion to step into a WWE ring at Wrestlemania. UFC Women’s Bantamweight Champion “Rowdy” Ronda Rousey walked into a the squared circle during a segment with her “Furious 7” costar and former WWE champion, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Triple H and Stephanie McMahon.
Rousey is a longtime professional wrestling fan. She attends independent wrestling shows, shares the Four Horsewomen name with Shayna Baszler, Marina Shafir and Jessamyn Duke. She took her nickname from WWE Hall of Famer and legend “Rowdy” Roddy Piper. So it wasn’t a surprise when Rousey came in and gave Triple H and McMahon a beating, much to the delight of the WWE universe.
It was a great moment for the Rowdy one. Many fans know her – as McMahon pointed out – that Rousey is the most dangerous woman in the world. But for tonight she was a wrestling fan who got the opportunity to stand on the biggest stage with two of the biggest names in sports entertainment. Part of Wrestlemania is about celebrities getting themselves into the thick of things and Rousey did just fine for her first time in the ring.
Former WWE broadcaster Jim Ross on his blog and an episode of Taz’s “Human Podcast Machine”, proposed a match between Rousey and McMahon at Wrestlemania 32, which will be in Dallas next year. Ross got a lot of flack from fans for this idea. While it wouldn’t be the most technically sound match, it would make money.
I’m sure the WWE would be on board with Rousey vs. McMahon at Wrestlemania but what about the UFC? Would president Dana White be alright with his golden-haired goose-stepping into a WWE ring?
The UFC puts restrictions on its fighters doing extreme sports, yet they seemed fine with Josh Barnett wrestling in Japan on New Year’s Eve. What about the business side? White said he was happy for Lesnar resigning with the WWE and he respects Vince McMahon but is there a grudge or a rivalry between the two big companies? Or was this part of a plan? Did White and Vince McMahon come together on some sort of business deal with Rousey?
Fans know Rousey would destroy McMahon in an actual fight. McMahon has some decent hands and a little experience in jiu-jitsu, but Rousey is leaps and bounds above her. And while professional wrestling is scripted, injuries can happen in the ring. I’m sure Rousey would be careful, but McMahon wouldn’t mind getting pummeled by the UFC champion’s fists or even a broken arm if it meant putting on a great show.
MMA fans feel the same way about pro wrestling that the Archie Gang does when Homer Simpson shows up to town – “Stay out of Riverdale” but the WWE Universe liked the idea of Rousey being in the same ring as The Rock, Triple H and Stephanie McMahon. While most MMA purists would consider this a black spot on mixed martial arts, I bet Rousey thinks it was one of the greatest moments of her life.
As a longtime wrestling fan – and the guy who sent the tweet and wrote the blog that coined the phrase “Four Horsewomen,” this was a special moment. While the 15-year-old mark in me was hoping Stephanie McMahon would get the upper hand, the MMA fan was happy. It wasn’t the way I envisioned Rousey entering the WWE – you can read my fantasy booking with the angle between her and Paige right here – but it works.
The UFC women’s bantamweight champion already has one Wrestlemania moment under her belt. Will her encounter with Triple H, Stephanie McMahon and The Rock lead to more down the road? Only time will tell.