December 17, 2017

Jim Ross Talks Ronda Rousey Going to WWE

While speaking with Submission Radio, Jim Ross shared his thoughts on Ronda Rousey in WWE. Here are some highlights:

Ronda Rousey going to the WWE:
"I don't know if it's official or not, but I've said for a long, long time that she was a fit made in box office heaven for WWE. Ronda has got amazing name identity globally, she's a legit deal. I have amazing respect for her because you've got to remember, at one time none of the major MMA promotions were gonna promote women. Certainly, in the UFC they said no way, no how. But then all of sudden Ronda goes, she's in Strikeforce and gets to be hugely popular, people love that hip lock and her submissions. She's got charisma, she's a beautiful woman, I just think there's a perfect fit there. And whether she signs for a one-off or a short-term or a handful of matches, I have no idea, but obviously if she does sign, one would assume that it would have something to do with a Wrestlemania appearance. And I would love to see that in New Orleans this year. I'll be down there and I'd love to see her compete, because she will train with the same intensity, the same desire to be great at that genre as she did in MMA. And of course we all know that the outcomes are predetermined, all the stuff – and I talk to a lot of sports guys, they wanna make sure I know that they know that wrestling is entertainment. Well, thanks for the heads up, right? You should have got that early on, but I'm glad the light switch has been flipped – but she will work as hard to be ready because she'll wanna steal the show, she'll want to go out and certainly not embarrass herself, but to excel. So she raised a lot of cash to the dance.

"And you look around the roster to people she could wrestle theoretically, it's really impressive, there's some match-ups. Ronda Rousey and the undefeated Asuka at Wrestlemania. Something's got to give, right? You got Charlotte and Ronda Rousey. I'd love to see that. So there's a lot of talents here. You could go down the list of all the great women WWE's signed and there's a story there for Ronda, cause every woman can make the story that I want to be the one that beats Ronda Rousey, so she's not gonna come to my world and dominate like she did MMA and the UFC and so forth. So I think it's inevitable, I just don't know when or where, but to me, like I said earlier, Ronda Rousey in WWE is a match made in box office heaven."
If the timing is a bit late and if Rousey going to the WWE will be as big of a deal now that she's had two losses and people are questioning her legacy:
"It will be as successful now as it would have been then. She's a star and her star's shining, and I think some of those fans that actually had the nerve to say that she was not as good as we thought she was, is pretty ignorant. She changed the game, she opened the door that these other women are walking through and making a bunch of money. And Gina Carrano will get a lot of that credit, and she should, but Ronda was the one who put the thing on the map and Ronda was the one who got into the UFC and opened the door for all these other women. Now they've got weight classes as you guys know, and there's a lot of young women that here to forward would not have made a dime really in fighting if it hadn't been for a platform like UFC.

"Ronda's a star and I would've been as motivated to sign her now as I would've been five years ago."


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