Ronda Rousey finalizing details of move to WWE, report says

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Shayna Baszler made it all the way to the finals of the Mae Young Classic, and both the Four Horsewomen of MMA and the Four Horsewomen of WWE were in attendance.

"I'm excited to have the conversation with her and see where it goes".

It's been almost a year since Ronda Rousey effectively ended her career after a TKO loss to Amanda Nunes at UFC 207, and in the time since, the possibility of her joining the WWE has increased seemingly week by week.

Ronda Rousey is finalizing a deal to join the WWE, Martin Rogers of USA Today reports. She's got enough money. WWE's scripted programming and audience makeup is much different than the UFC's. Rousey has been in a number of TV and movie projects, including The Expendables 3 and Fast 7, plus ESPN The Magazine's Body Issue, Maxim, and Sports Illustrated's Swimsuit Issue, and she has regularly appeared on shows like Ellen and even hosted Saturday Night Live. Regardless, any potential deal with Rousey is likely to be more along the lines of the one afforded to Brock Lesnar; one in which she is used sparingly as an attraction performer, rather than a full-time in-ring competitor.

The former UFC women's bantamweight champion is nearing a deal to make several appearances for World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) with the expectation that she would perform on some of the company's biggest shows of the year.

Rousey's ties to the WWE are numerous and speculation has been mounting that her apparently imminent jump to the 'E will lead to a marquee matchup at the upcoming WrestleMania 34 in New Orleans next April.

Rousey, who hasn't had an MMA fight since December 2016, has offered indications that she was interested in the WWE.

While it largely had more to do with the evolution of the women's fighting game catching up with its first star, Rousey doesn't seem to stand much to gain from a return to the octagon. Adding Rousey carries risks, particularly in how hardcore wrestling fans will receive her, but it's also a growth opportunity for WWE and a chance to possibly extend their brand further. And with their broadcast rights coming up soon, it's hard to think of a better time to do that.

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