USA Today reports that "two people close" to Rousey asserted that the Olympic bronze medalist is finalising a deal to jump across to Vince McMahon's pro-graps megalith, which would quite obviously carry a hefty price-tag with it given Rousey's star appeal.
According to the sources speaking on the basis of anonymity, if a deal is finalized, Rousey would be expected to appear at some of the big WWE cards over the course of the next year including a possible spot at WrestleMania 34, which is being held on April 8 next year.
The person with the greatest business interest in seeing Rousey return to fighting essentially ruled it out recently. As with the WWE, media rights aren't all about one fighter, but Rousey was one of the UFC's best-known athletes when that presentation was made in the summer of 2016. "I wouldn't want it to happen", White said.
"She has talked about it and she's been on record saying WWE was probably some of the most fun that she's ever had in her entire career".
"I wouldn't want to see it", White told MMAjunkie. She has got money ... and all that stuff.
Whether that actually happens remains to be seen, but Rousey is legitimately a huge name who can attract a wide audience in WWE regardless of what she does. She went into her fight with Holly Holm holding the Women's Bantamweight Title, but she was defeated in the second round. She was subdued and mostly absent from promotion leading up to the Nunes fight and has largely shunned the spotlight since.
Such certainty makes this an opportunistic time to evaluate what Rousey brought to mixed martial arts during her frenetic and remarkable reign. She's rich, 30 years old, and the game has caught up with her. And she certainly was one of the most mainstream UFC stars. A recently released biographical film about her, Through My Father's Eyes, won first place at Britain's Crystal Palace International Film Festival, but largely focused on the earlier years of her career. Furthermore, she isn't just an attraction as a former UFC star, because, again, she does love pro wrestling and knows plenty about it.