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UFC champion Ronda Rousey shows up to WWE SummerSlam to watch Brock Lesnar handily beat John Cena

(Alexandra Wyman/Invision for Lionsgate/AP Images)

“It’s gonna be ugly, people.”

Ex-UFC heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar lived up to his own words at Sunday night’s SummerSlam when he handily beat the unbeatable John Cena to become WWE’s World Heavyweight Champion. The match looked more like one of Lesnar’s old UFC bouts than a sports entertainment event. Cena barely even got in one of his campy “Attitude Adjustments” between the very real pummeling — which included 16 German suplexes and countless knees to the Cena’s ribs.

So when the WWE’s cameras panned to current UFC women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey, it might not just signal that she’s a fan, but a possible prospect.

It’s hard to argue against bringing Rousey in to take over the “Diva’s” division, which has largely been more about showcasing eye candy than athletics. And Rousey’s not ruling it out. She told when asked if she’d ever trade the octagon for the squared circle:

“You never know. I have a lot of crazy opportunities on my plate right now. I’m going to try to do as many as possible at the right time or at the best time.”

She was quick to add, however, “Tonight, I’m just here as a fan.”

The WWE is keeping a close eye on her, however. Lesnar’s advocate Paul Heyman talked about the possibility of Rousey joining the WWE last week to Fox Sports:

“Ronda would be great in WWE, especially as a Paul Heyman girl. [Lesnar, and all of Heyman’s previous clients, including CM Punk, are known as a ‘Paul Heyman guys.’] She has absolutely unlimited potential and is a true mainstream star. And she’s someone who has an appreciation for and passion for the industry.”


Rousey is a well known WWE fan — she even ran her nickname “Rowdy” by vintage WWE star “Rowdy” Roddy Piper before adopting it as her own. In terms of idols, Rousey has named Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson as her acting role model. (Rousey recently made her big screen debut in the “The Expendables 3.”) Despite making tens of millions per movie, The Rock has made time to come back to the ring every now and again. (And the WWE has set up lucrative deals for him to do so.)

Rousey could probably do the same after establishing herself in much the same way that Lesnar has during the last few months of his comeback — through swift, realistic, jaw-dropping beatings. Judging from the Twitter reaction from fans and WWE stars alike, this is something the WWE universe is more than open to.

Marissa Payne writes for The Early Lead, a fast-breaking sports blog, where she focuses on what she calls the “cultural anthropological” side of sports, aka “mostly the fun stuff.” She is also an avid WWE fan.



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