The wait is finally over. “Rowdy” Ronda Rousey is ready to be WWE’s next superstar.
After months of speculation, Rousey made her first WWE appearance at Royal Rumble Sunday night. Rousey showed up at the conclusion of the event, making her entrance while Joan Jett’s “Bad Reputation” blared throughout Wells Fargo Center. “Bad Reputation” was Rousey’s walkout song during her UFC career. Rousey then entered the ring and pointed to a WrestleMania sign, all but assuring the former UFC star will make her WWE debut at April’s WrestleMania.
Shortly after Rousey’s surprise appearance, ESPN reported Rousey had agreed to terms with WWE to be a full-time professional wrestler.
Rumors of Rousey trading the octagon for the wrestling ring first began circulating last summer. WWE then essentially confirmed they were engaged in talks with Rousey when the company posted a video of the former UFC star in a stare down with wrestler Charlotte Flair back in September.
Rousey previously changed the world of mixed martial arts and became one of the world’s most iconic fighters throughout her five-year UFC career. She won five of her first six fights in the UFC in the first round, with four of those fights lasting 1:06 or less en route to becoming UFC’s women’s bantamweight champion.
Rousey’s UFC career, however, came to a screeching halt after she lost her last two fights by knockout to Holly Holm in 2015 and Amanda Nunes in 2016, respectively.
UFC president Dana White previously said he hopes Rousey never fights in the octagon again.
“I wouldn’t want to see it. I wouldn’t want it to happen,” White said. “I care about her. She’s got enough money. She’s got enough money and all that stuff. I don’t want to see it happen.”