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Stephanie McMahon: WWE would welcome Ronda Rousey 'with open arms'

Sporting News logo Sporting News 22/12/2016

Forget Conor McGregor flirting with WWE. Could Ronda Rousey make WWE her permanent home in the near future?

Stephanie McMahon, WWE's chief brand officer, sees that not only as an opportunity, but as something WWE fans would love to see.

“Our fans love Ronda,” McMahon said in an interview with USA Today.“Ronda has this cross platform appeal in terms of all forms of entertainment. We would welcome her with open arms. She is the total package. …

"With a guest appearance like Ronda’s, to work best it has to be genuine and authentic. Pop culture is a huge strategy for WWE, our storylines are reflective of what’s happening in the world and what’s popular. In sports, it doesn’t get much more popular than Ronda."

R-L) UFC 207 opponents Ronda Rousey and Amanda Nunes face off during the UFC 205 weigh-in. © Mike Roach/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images R-L) UFC 207 opponents Ronda Rousey and Amanda Nunes face off during the UFC 205 weigh-in. Rousey's history with WWE is well documented. She made a one-off appearance at WrestleMania 31, alongside Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, in a segment that featured McMahon and husband Paul Levesque, better known as Triple H.

Rousey's nickname is "Rowdy," which she was granted "permission" to use from late WWE legend Roddy Piper. Piper is known as the only man who wasn't pinned by Hulk Hogan in the 1980s.

With retirement rumors floating around Rousey, it would probably surprise no one if she did decide to make the jump to WWE.

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