Ronda Rousey loves professional wrestling, and with her MMA career apparently done, the WWE is on record as saying they would be interested. During a recent appearance on the Fight Society podcast, rasslin’ genius Paul Heyman said Rousey should do it, and she should give him a call.
“I think the WWE audience would embrace Ronda Rousey with open arms,” he Heyman as transcribed by Simon Samano for MMAjunkie. “Just her name recognition alone is huge. It doesn’t matter, her past two experiences in the UFC. All that matters is if she got involved in a story that people could relate to and sink their teeth into and get excited about.”
“I’d love to see it and would be happy to discuss with her all the benefits that she could enure by being a Paul Heyman girl.”
Brock Lesnar, of course, moved in the opposite direction, going from the WWE to MMA, and then winning the UFC heavyweight championship in just his fourth MMA fight. Heyman managed Lesnar in the WWE, as well as UFC signee CM Punk. And he says we never saw Lesnar in his prime.
“I would suggest that Brock is really now in his physical prime because he was robbed of reaching his full potential as an athlete in his 20’s and early 30’s by diverticulitis,” said Heyman, as transcribed by Damon Martin for FOX Sports. “If you look back at his career, by the time he was in the NCAA Division I wrestling championships, he was already suffering from diverticulitis. His body, which was so fine tuned and he had done so much to train his body to accomplish the goals he had envisioned for himself, his body was suppressing and using up so much energy and so much of his strength and his ability to suppress the diverticulitis, and finally diverticulitis couldn’t be suppressed. He probably had it throughout his entire college career.
“So you never saw him at his full potential in college. You never saw him at his full potential in his first run in WWE. He went into the Minnesota Vikings camp not only with the diverticulitis inside of his system but a broken jaw and a fractured pelvis, which he covered in the book that we wrote together and then you never saw him, not once did you see him in UFC at his absolute physical peak.”
“I think what’s next for Brock Lesnar besides what’s happening in WWE, could it be UFC? Could it be another sport? I think it’s something that he’s going to look at and say ‘I bet no one thinks I can do that. All right, I’m going to conquer that.’
“Besides obviously the greatest payday of his life, it’s the same thing that’s motivating McGregor into wanting to fight Mayweather because … I’d have to say a great deal [is] the lure of the enormous payday but a lot of it [is too] the lure of ‘you know what people don’t think I can (beat Mayweather) … and I can!”