Footage of Ronda Rousey training pro wrestling
What is next for “Rowdy” Ronda Rousey? With two devastating losses in a row, courtesy of Amanda Nunes at UFC 207 and Holly Holm at UFC 193, and with questionable emotional resilience, as evidenced by her public breakdown on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, where she admitted that her knockout loss to Holm brought on depression and thoughts of suicide, some are wondering what is next for Ronda Rousey.
Will she bounce back and restore her former UFC glory? Or will she just bounce, leaving the UFC and the world of mixed martial arts fighting altogether?
One possibility is that she will cross over to pro wrestling. Her interest in pro wrestling is pretty well established. Her nickname, “Rowdy,” is a reference to WWF (now known as the WWE) legend Rowdy Roddy Piper. She has posted a number of pro wrestling pictures on her Instagram. She has studied pro wrestling under WWE Diva Natalya.
She has already been under the WWE spotlight. Back in March of 2015 at WrestleMania 31, she was involved in a scuffle with The Rock, TripleH, and Stephanie McMahon. Since then, there have been rumors of her returning to WWE to finish her business with McMahon. [Source: Wiki]
But does Ronda have what it takes to be a WWE superstar? There are undoubtedly a number of factors to consider. A major one would be actual wrestling skills. Check out this video of Ronda Rousey sparring in pro wrestling and judge for yourself.
The training appears to take place at Glendale Fighting Club, where Ronda trains boxing with the infamous Edmond Tarverdyan. Her female sparring partner appears to be Shayna Baszler, a pro wrestler, MMA fighter, and former Team Ronda TUF contestant. [Source: Wiki]
The video opens with Baszler hurling Rousey into the corner turnbuckles. What follows that is an assortment of slams, acrobatics, grunts, ref distractions, and other things you would expect to see in a pro wrestling match.
The Olympic medalist in judo adds some personal flavor to the mix with a couple of throws and an armbar. Lastly, as much as her MMA boxing has been harshly criticized, her pro wrestling boxing gets the job done.