Conflicting Reports Surround Ronda Rousey's WWE Status After WrestleMania 35

Mike Chiari@mikechiariFeatured ColumnistJanuary 24, 2019

WESTWOOD, CA - AUGUST 09:  Ronda Rousey attends the Premiere Of STX Films' 'Mile 22' at Westwood Village Theatre on August 9, 2018 in Westwood, California.  (Photo by Leon Bennett/Getty Images)
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Raw women's champion Ronda Rousey may be nearing the end of her current run with WWE.

According to Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter (h/t Paul Davis of WrestlingNews.co), the former UFC star is expected to have her last match with the company at WrestleMania 35 in April.

However, TMZ Sports reported Rousey is "super happy" with her current role and the possible departure would be temporary as she and her husband, Travis Browne, look to have a baby.

A WWE spokesman told TMZ: "Ronda Rousey is under contract with WWE until April 10, 2021. Whether she wants to start a family is a private matter."

The 31-year-old debuted for WWE at last year's Royal Rumble, and she had her first match at WrestleMania 34 in a winning effort over Triple H and Stephanie McMahon alongside Kurt Angle.

Per Meltzer (h/t Daniel Yanofsky of WrestlingInc.com), Rousey's departure is considered "imminent" and "everyone in the company is working with the mindset that she's finishing up."

Meltzer added that WWE could get her to stay until a pay-per-view shortly after WrestleMania or offer her a contract so large that she agrees to re-sign.

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Also, Meltzer noted that it is possible Rousey could work a part-time schedule similar to that of John Cena or The Undertaker.

While Rowdy has only worked house shows sporadically during her WWE tenure, she has appeared regularly on Raw and pay-per-views, making her a full-time wrestler for all intents and purposes.

In March, she told Andreas Hale of Yahoo Sports that she and Browne wanted to start having children "soon."

If Rousey does leave WWE, her desire to start a family may be the driving force behind the decision.

After a dominant run in UFC, she arguably picked up the wrestling business more quickly than anyone since Angle.

She beat Alexa Bliss for the Raw Women's Championship in only her fourth televised match, and she has put on several memorable bouts during her reign.

Rousey even main-evented WWE's first-ever all-women's pay-per-view, Evolution, against Nikki Bella.

Her star power is so evident that it has been widely speculated she will be part of the first-ever women's match to main-event WrestleMania.

The Baddest Woman on the Planet appears to be on a collision course with either Charlotte Flair or Becky Lynch (or perhaps both) on April 7.

If that match happens and closes the show on The Grandest Stage of Them All, it will ensure Rousey has left an indelible mark on the wrestling business regardless of whether she ever wrestles another match.


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