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Ronda Rousey, whose most recent WWE
match came at WrestleMania 35 in 2019, said she doesn’t know whether
her contract with the company remains active.
“I technically—I don’t think I am,” she replied. “But who knows? That’s a question for the lawyers.”
The former UFC women’s bantamweight
champion made her highly anticipated official debut at
the 2018 Royal Rumble after several one-off WWE appearances in the
Her first formal match came at WrestleMania 34
when she teamed with Kurt Angle to take on Triple H and Stephanie
McMahon, who were involved in signing her to the company.
Rousey explained on Facebook she
remains in contact with McMahon, WWE’s chief brand officer, but noted
she hasn’t spoken with Triple H, who’s also a WWE executive in
addition to his in-ring persona, since he suffered a cardiac event in
“I actually keep in touch with Steph
because she’s sweet and we send each other baby pictures,” Rousey
said. “I haven’t talked to Triple H since before he had his—he
had like a heart surgery or something. Hope he’s doing all right.”
She made no reference to WWE chairman
Rousey won the Raw women’s championship
at SummerSlam in 2018 and held the title for eight months until
losing a triple-threat match at WrestleMania 35 before her departure.
The 2008 Olympic bronze medalist in
judo stepped away from WWE to start a family with her husband, former
UFC fighter Travis Browne—they announced the birth of their first
child in September—but said the fans and the travel
schedule were also factors.
“What am I doing it for if I’m not
being able to spend my time and energy on my family, but instead
spending my time and my energy on a bunch of f–king ungrateful fans
that don’t even appreciate me?” Rousey said in April 2020
interview on the Wild Ride! w/Steve-O podcast (via ESPN).
She added: “If I looked at all the
live shows, I was only home a day and a half a week. It was just not
worth it for my family.”
At least for now, it doesn’t sound like
Rousey will be returning to a WWE ring anytime soon.
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