On last week’s Chris Jericho podcast on the WWE Network, Stephanie McMahon said that while she had thought about the idea of a match with Ronda Rousey at WrestleMania, it is not something in the plans right now. Well, she has to say that even if they did have an agreement in place with Ronda in order to protect the storyline.
One person in the company with knowledge of the entire situation with Rousey in WWE, despite WWE being blindsided with Dana White saying that she was “one and done,” says that the company is still on track to do an angle for October to build for WrestleMania 32. Now, whether this actually happens is another story but there is still a lot of time for them to try and work out something with Dana White.
Others have noted how funny it was for Stephanie to praise Ronda as much as she did on the podcast because she and Triple H never watch UFC or Rousey and they have no idea how Rousey got over but Stephanie does like Rousey personally and the two became friends when Rousey was at last year’s SummerSlam in Los Angeles. In wrestling you never quite know what is being kept a secret and there’s always a chance that they do have a deal with Dana White and White is just doing a good job at making people think that there’s no chance Ronda would wrestle for WWE. Keep in mind that White did nix the idea of an Undertaker vs. Brock Lesnar match when Brock was still under contract with UFC in 2011 and White has publicly said in the past that he did not want his fighters to wrestle. Also, when UFC and Kurt Angle were talking back in 2006, one of the terms of the contract was that Kurt would not be allowed to wrestle. Kurt claimed that he had already signed his TNA contract so he had to turn the UFC deal down. I understand White’s point of view on this because if Ronda somehow got injured (not saying that Stephanie would hurt her but accidents happen) in a match then it hurts UFC because it means that they can’t promote her for any fights until she’s healthy and she is their top draw.
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