According to a July 4 report from Cageside Seats, Ronda Rousey is interested in guest hosting a WWE program sometime in the near future. Rousey, 27, told MMA Fighting reporter Ariel Helwani earlier this week that she would jump at the chance to host a WWE event if the opportunity were to arise. The star judoka is a known WWE fan, so her comments shouldn't come as much of a surprise.
Rousey, who fights Alexis Davis in the co-main of UFC 175, is rumored to be appearing this summer at WWE SummerSlam, but she would not confirm or deny those rumors. Rousey told Helwani that she practices pro wrestling moves because they are so similar to scripted fight scenes in Hollywood movies. Since Rousey is a budding actress, she has been practicing her wrestling in order to prepare for movie roles.
That's what she says at least. It's quite possible that Rousey has been practicing wrestling because she's been in talks with the WWE about competing in an actual match, and perhaps she doesn't want to make it public just yet. Before Rousey can think about competing under the WWE banner, first she'll need to slip past Alexis Davis. Rousey battles Davis in UFC 175, and it's no safe bet that she'll win.
Davis is an expert when it comes to Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, and she has several victories via submission. She's not a household name just yet, but a win over Rousey could get her there. Win or lose, Rousey will still be a superstar. The UFC might even want Rousey to make a WWE cameo, as it would get new eyeballs on their product. The UFC was at its peak when WWE legend Brock Lesnar took some fights for them, so perhaps Rousey could reel in pro wrestling fans as he did.
Brie Bella is expected to battle Stephanie McMahon at WWE SummerSlam, so there's speculation that Rousey will get involved in that match somehow. If Rousey does involve herself in the Bella vs. McMahon match at SummerSlam, it would be great cross-promotion between the WWE and UFC. The WWE desperately needs to boost its WWE Network subscriber tallies, while the UFC looks to buck the trend of declining pay-per-view sales.