Former UFC superstar Ronda Rousey made an appearance at the end of Sunday night’s WWE Royal Rumble in Philadelphia, and pointed at a WrestleMania sign hanging in the Wells Fargo Center.

While Rousey’s appearance was news on its own, the much bigger story to come out of the night is that Rousey has signed a full-time WWE contract.

ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne had the report, with comments from Rousey on the decision. Rousey said, “This is my life now.”

“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’s Ramona Shelburne of her decision to join WWE. “When I first met with Triple H, I told him, ‘There are other things I can do with my time that’ll make way more money, but I won’t enjoy nearly as much.'”

And it seems clear that ESPN was very aware that something was going to happen on the Rousey/WWE front.

The news isn’t all that surprising; the former UFC women’s bantamweight champion has been an actress and entertainment star in recent years to go with her sensational MMA career. Rousey and WWE seem like a natural fit, and you’d have to think WWE will do everything to ensure she’s one of the biggest stars in wrestling.

UPDATE: Some tweets about Rousey — and from Rousey — and the WWE that surfaced late-night.


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