White said he doesn’t want to see her in the octagon again, but that would be up to Rousey. She’s never officially retired, and she’s never stopped her regularly mandated drug testing regimen with USADA.
Her testing days will soon be over, according to reports from USA Today, where two sources close to Rousey said she’s finalizing a deal to move to World Wrestling Entertainment and beging a pro wrestling career. Rousey’s ties to pro wrestling are deep. She made an appearance at a Wrestlemania card several years ago; then appeared at another event in September, ‘challenging’ WWE’s top women’s star Charlotte Flair to a fight during a staredown.
Rousey’s “Rowdy” nickname was in honor of “Rowdy” Roddy Piper, who died in 2015. She regularly wore Piper’s “Hot Rod” t-shirt during ring entrances and other appearances. She’s also a friend and trained under “Judo” Gene Le Bell, who made his name as a martial artist, stuntman and pro wrestler. Le Bell also trained Piper.
Rousey would be the second celebrity to join WWE’s women’s roster this year. Kacy Catanzaro, the acrobatic star from NBC’s America Ninja Warrior, signed a contract with WWE in August. Catanzaro has appeared in commercials and was the leading face of the show for several seasons.