She revolutionized women’s mixed martial arts. He revolutionized professional wrestling.
Now they seemed to have come together as The Rock and Rowdy Connection.
“The Rock” Dwayne Johnson is getting behind “Rowdy” Ronda Rousey in her battle at UFC 168 against Miesha Tate. He tweeted the following photo and message on Friday.
— Dwayne Johnson (@TheRock) December 20, 2013
Johnson was one of the WWE’s most popular wrestlers of the 1990s, before leaving the ring for a successful career in Hollywood. Along with “Stone Cold” Steve Austin and Mick Foley, The Rock was one of the driving forces behind the WWE’s successful Attitude Era. He was also just named Hollywood’s highest grossing star of 2013.
Rousey already beat Tate once, tapping her out in the first round with an armbar, winning the Strikeforce bantamweight championship in 2012.
Rousey was given her nickname “Rowdy” after professional wrestling legend “Rowdy” Roddy Piper.
The Rock frequently appears at UFC events. After a long absence from the WWE, The Rock returned to wrestle John Cena in 2012. He defeated Cena and then won the WWE Championship at last January’s Royal Rumble. The Rock then returned at WrestleMania, losing the title in a rematch with the popular Cena.
The Rock was scheduled to return at next year’s WrestleMania to fight Brock Lesnar, but The Rock tore muscles in his stomach in his Cena match, making it unlikely that the 41-year-old Hollywoold movie star would return to the ring next year.
Rousey will star in The Expendables 3 sometime next year. The former Olympic bronze medalist in Judo became the first UFC women’s champion, and paved the way for other females to join the UFC. Although UFC President Dana White said that he would never promote women’s MMA, he changed his mind after watching and meeting Rousey, 7-0, who has defeated everyone of her opponents in the first round by armbar submission.