WWE continues to tease a long speculated cross-promotional feud between its Four Horsewomen and the UFC’s Four Horsewomen. According to the Wrestling Observer, the match is “set” for WrestleMania. That’s a change after original plans called for Ronda Rousey and Co. to show up at Survivor Series.
The move comes after WWE’s decision to focus on Smackdown vs. Raw at the annual show, and according to the Observer, for Rousey, Jessamyn Duke and Marina Shafir to get more time in the ring.
WWE posted an exclusive interview with former UFC champion Rousey, Duke and Shafir at Full Sail University following friend and fellow “Four Horsewomen” Shayna Baszler’s win over Mia Yim during the second-round of the Mae Young Classic.
In the video, the group is confronted by WWE “Four Horsewomen” members Bayley, Becky Lynch and Charlotte Flair.
Rousey throws down her bag and tells the group to “name the time and place,” before they retreat.
Footage from the event’s taping showed Rousey, Duke and Shafir sitting in the front row interacting with Bayley, Flair and Lynch after Baszler’s victory emerged during the tournament, which created speculation that the two groups would eventually work an angle together.
Baszler has already made a successful transition to the squared circle while the other three Horsewomen, including Rousey, have been rumored to follow suit.
Last month, an employee backstage in WWE told Fightful.com that Rousey has expressed interest in making a pro wrestling run and spoke with Triple H to set up her appearance at the Mae Young Classic tapings.
According to their sources, WWE has referred Rousey, Duke and Shafir — the fiancée of current NXT competitor Roderick Strong — to current 205 Live competitor Brian Kendrick’s wrestling school in Southern California. The company had previously referred former Total Divas star Eva Marie — who was officially released last month — to Kendrick.
WWE Hall of Famer Jim Ross, who called the Mae Young Classic, told TMZ on last month that Rousey’s transition to professional wrestling is “inevitable”.
“It’s just a matter of time before Ronda Rousey officially signs with Vince McMahon — so says WWElegend, Jim Ross, who says it’s a “match made in heaven,” Ross said. “Oh, she’s gonna be a big star,” the WWE Hall of Famer told us at LAX … “It’s inevitable. I see her in a WrestleMania someday. It’s too great an opportunity for her to pass up and WWE to pass up … it’s a match made in heaven.”
Rousey, a lifelong wrestling fan, has worked with the company in the past, including an in-ring segment with The Rock, Triple H and Stephanie McMahon at WrestleMania 31.
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