The wheels certainly appear to be in motion for Ronda Rousey’s transition to pro wrestling.
It all started after Shayna Baszler’s second-round win in the Mae Young Classic tournament, which aired Monday on WWE Network. In a scripted segment, Baszler celebrated with Rousey and MMA teammates Jessamyn Duke and Marina Shafir, setting off a heated exchange with WWE stars Charlotte Flair, Becky Lynch and Bailey, who were seated in the front row across the aisle.
After last night’s episode, WWE.com shared an exclusive clip of Rousey, Duke and Shafir praising Baszler. They’re approached by Flair, Lynch and Bailey for a tense face-off. Rousey drops her bag as though she’s ready for a fight and is the only one to direct words at the three WWE stars (via Twitter).
“You name the time, you name the place. … Oh, not today? We’re waiting to hear from you.”
The angle at play here is that Rousey and Co. were dubbed MMA’s Four Horsewomen years ago as an homage to the classic Ric Flair-led pro wrestling stable that started in 1985 and lasted through the late ’90s. Meanwhile, Charlotte Flair, Lynch, Bailey, and Sasha Banks also came to be known as the Four Horsewomen of pro wrestling as they rose up the ranks from NXT to the WWE main roster.
THERE CAN BE ONLY ONE FOUR HORSEWOMEN. You get the picture.
Speculation has been that WWE’s hope was to have ex-UFC women’s bantamweight champion Rousey (12-2 MMA, 6-2 UFC) involved in a four-on-four match at the Survivor Series pay-per-view in November. If you follow WWE, then you know this makes sense given the tradition of the stable vs. stable theme of the event.
In fact, everything about this makes sense. Rousey loves pro wrestling, she’s reportedly started training for it, she’s already had one memorable appearance in the ring at Wrestlemania 33, and she’s not fighting for the UFC anymore.
So, yeah, let’s make this happen. Can’t wait to see Rousey deliver an elbow off the top rope.