WWE 'Would Love to Add Ronda Rousey' Says Stephanie McMahon

Steven Rondina@srondinaFeatured ColumnistMarch 30, 2017

Ronda Rousey confronts Stephane McMahon at Wrestlemania XXXI, on Sunday, March 29, 2015 in Santa Clara, CA. 2015 marks the first year Wrestlemania will be held in the San Francisco Bay Area, being made available to viewers in 177 countries via the WWE Network. (Don Feria/AP Images for WWE)
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Ronda Rousey's appeal to the mainstream world was her perceived invincibility, and while back-to-back losses to Holly Holm and Amanda Nunes have shattered that notion, there is still an undeniable mystique surrounding the former UFC bantamweight champion. 

WWE Chief Brand Officer and on-screen personality Stephanie McMahon is one of the many who are still intrigued by Rousey, and she left no room for doubt over whether that has changed in a recent interview with ESPN's His & Hers. Check out the clip here:

"I would love to add Ronda Rousey," she said (h/t MMAMania.com's Ryan Harkness for the transcription). "I know that she loves WWE and we certainly love her, so it would be a match, no pun intended, made in heaven. So hopefully one day we'll have that opportunity."

McMahon's sentiments are no surprise. Since Rousey's appearance at SummerSlam 2014 (which was followed by an in-ring appearance at WrestleMania 31 in 2015), the daughter of Vince McMahon has been publicly courting Rousey to join the WWE. 

The attempts to woo her didn't end after the loss to Holm (with McMahon stating in December "we would welcome her with open arms," per Martin Rogers of USA Today) and clearly didn't end after her loss to Nunes.

Brock Lesnar's manager, Paul Heyman, has repeatedly indicated that Rousey could do big things in wrestling.
Brock Lesnar's manager, Paul Heyman, has repeatedly indicated that Rousey could do big things in wrestling.Jonathan Bachman/Associated Press
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And indeed, there is likely at least a bit of interest on Rousey's part. Speaking with Bleacher Report in 2016, Rousey discussed that she has been a WWE fan since childhood, pointing to Dean Ambrose and Bray Wyatt as her favorites of today.

So does that mean fans should anticipate her appearing at WrestleMania this Sunday? Probably not, as McMahon said she hadn't spoken with the Rousey camp of late.

That said, Rousey's appearance in the WWE would make a great deal of sense, and with so much chatter on that front over recent weeks, it wouldn't be all that much of a shock if she crashed the ring Sunday.

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