UFC star Ronda Rousey is joining the WWE as a full-time woman superstar. She’ll simply go by the name “Rowdy” during matches, as a nod to famed wrestler Roddy Piper. Her connection with “Hot Rod” goes pretty deep. According to ESPN, not only is she wearing Piper’s actual jacket, but they were both trained under the same legendary tutelage of Judo Gene LeBell — who introduced the two. Piper has given Rousey his blessing regarding using the “Rowdy” nickname before his death in 2015.
Rousey is a former Olympian and UFC champ, so she can now add “professional wrestler” to her repertoire. Now, she’s putting the entire women’s roster on blast, and is getting ready to bring the pain to wrestlemania.
"I don't think that trying to make as much money as possible every single day is the best thing for my happiness. I want to wrestle, and I want to be part of this company, and I want the people that love this sport to accept me and respect me as being part of the sport. I know that'll take time, but I also know that I'm capable of anything." Rousey explained to ESPN, in regards to her new career path.