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Randy Orton Comments on Ronda Rousey in WWE; Jokes He Doesn't Watch Raw

Mike Chiari@mikechiariFeatured ColumnistFebruary 19, 2018

BEVERLY HILLS, CA - AUGUST 15:  WWE wrestler Randy Orton attends WWE & E! Entertainment's 'SuperStars For Hope' at the Beverly Hills Hotel on August 15, 2013 in Beverly Hills, California.  (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for WWE)
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WWE Superstar Randy Orton said Sunday that Ronda Rousey has a lot of work to do before being considered an elite performer in the professional wrestling ranks.

When TMZ Sports asked about Rousey's prospects, The Viper said: "She has a good chance of being one of the top female wrestlers eventually, but she's got a long way to go."

Orton also joked that he doesn't watch Raw and said, "I'm a SmackDown guy," with a smirk.

Rousey appeared at the conclusion of the first-ever Women's Royal Rumble match in January and made it clear she intended to compete at WrestleMania 34 on April 8.

ESPN.com's Tim Fiorvanti reported the former UFC women's bantamweight champion signed a full-time deal with WWE.

Rousey told ESPN's Ramona Shelburne in January: "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. 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.'"

Rousey is set to appear at the Feb. 25 Elimination Chamber pay-per-view, where she will officially sign her contract with WWE.

The 31-year-old is already one of the biggest crossover stars in WWE history, and her presence stands to further elevate women's wrestling.

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The women's division has made great strides in recent years with the implementation of Royal Rumble, Money in the Bank, Elimination Chamber and Hell in a Cell matches within the division.

Also, Sasha Banks and Charlotte Flair became the first women to main-event a pay-per-view at Hell in a Cell 2016.

The competition will be stiff for Rousey since WWE's women's division is arguably deeper and more talented than ever, but based on her pedigree as an MMA star and Olympic bronze medal-winning judoka, she has the skill set needed to be successful in sports entertainment.

             

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