MMA superstar Ronda Rousey goes to pro-wrestling world, signs full-time contract with WWE

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  • Female mixed martial arts superstar Ronda Rousey has joined the world of pro-wrestling
  • She signed a full-time contract with World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE)

Ronda Rousey surprisingly came out in the Royal Rumble on Monday (Manila time) in Philadephia and sent an ominous message to the top female wrestlers of the WWE.

The former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) women’s bantamweight champion showed up after the first ever women’s Royal Rumble match.

Rousey had a “staredown” with WWE female wrestlers Asuka, Charlotte and Alexa Bliss before shaking the hand of Raw commissioner Stephanie McMahon.

WWE announced that Rousey has signed a full-time contract with them, which ensures her spot in the wrestling company’s biggest annual event, the WrestleMania 34 in April.

“This is my life now. First priority on my timeline for the next several years. This is not a smash-and-grab; this is not a publicity stunt,” Rousey told ESPN.