Even before she lost her big return match against Amanda Nunes at UFC 207, rumors were flying that Ronda Rousey was already preparing for her exit from the world of MMA, and into a new career. For many people, WWE seemed like an obvious destination for Rousey, thanks to her previous involvement with the company at WrestleMania 31, and WWE making no secret of the fact that they would love to get her back for at least another appearance, if not a full-time contract. But would it actually be a good idea for WWE to sign Rousey? We debated several possible arguments based on that question, and arranged the results in a list of pros and cons, to help organize our thoughts. Read on, and find out what conclusion we come to in the end, and see if you agree or disagree with our decision!
Pro: She’s Still A Mainstream Star
Even with the loss, Rousey is still a marketable name. People who don’t follow MMA religiously (or even casually) would probably recognize her, whether it’s from seeing her in Furious 7, some other public appearance, or just general cultural osmosis. She’s got one of those high “Q scores” people are always talking about when they debate how much of a celebrity she is. The point is, even if her aura as an unbeatable fighter is broken in MMA, doesn’t mean people don’t still think she’s awesome. Putting Ronda Rousey in your advertising will still draw people’s attention, as long as she doesn’t just fade from the public eye immediately. With WrestleMania coming up, WWE has shown that they will do whatever it takes to get celebrities on their biggest show of the year, so they can trumpet themselves as a hot commodity in the entertainment world. Hell, Rousey showed up at WrestleMania 31 unadvertised, said almost nothing, hit Triple H with an armdrag, and it was front page news almost immediately. Imagine what kind of media attention WWE could leverage if there was a possibility that Rousey would actually be wrestling?