Ronda Rousey is unlikely to join the World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) after she was knocked out in just 48 seconds by Amanda Nunes at UFC 207 last Friday, per an insider close to the situation.
Ever since Rousey lost her title to Holly Holm last November, a cloud of uncertainty hangs over her future as an MMA fighter, with many analysts predicting that the former Olympic medallist would likely pursue a career in Hollywood besides making appearances in the WWE.
ESPN's Jonathan Coachman recently referred to Rousey as "a broken star" before suggesting that the WWE would be reluctant to sign her fearing a backlash from its fan base. "They're (WWE) never going to bring her in because the fans wouldn't treat her fairly and what would she really do at this point?" questioned Coachman during an appearance on Busted Open.
Coachman opined that Rousey's appearance in the WWE won't spark the same buzz it did during WrestleMania 31 in 2015 when the MMA fighter was featured in a segment with The Rock. "When you look at Ronda Rousey now, guys, what do you have that's any better than she was before the fight? The WWE wouldn't have taken her before the fight and if people want to tweet out pictures of her and The Rock, guess when that was. WrestleMania 2015, before she ever lost, before any of the dramatics, before any of that."
WWE doesn't view Ronda Rousey as a star anymore, says Coach
As a former employee of WWE, Coachman gave insight into why the company no longer values Rousey's star power. "She can latch onto the positives, but as far as WWE is concerned, they don't bring in, and I refer to her as a broken star, because that's what she is. She's broken from a professional sense. They don't rebuild broken celebrities outside of the WWE."
While Rousey has yet to announce her retirement from the Octagon, many UFC insiders expect the fighter to hang up the gloves in the near future. Soon after the loss to Nunes, Rousey hinted that her MMA career was likely over, during a statement issued to ESPN. "I want to say thank you to all of my fans who have been there for me in not only the greatest moments but in the most difficult ones. Words cannot convey how much your love and support means to me.
"I need to take some time to reflect and think about the future. Thank you for believing in me and understanding," Rousey, who still boasts of an impressive 12-2 record in mixed martial arts.
Ronda Rousey has appeared in several movies such as "Entourage", "Furious 7" and "The Expendables 3". However, recent reports suggest that her once blossoming career in Hollywood could suffer due to her worsening public image and star power.