The worlds of WWE and UFC may cross over once again if Stephanie McMahon gets her wish.
WWE’s chief brand officer, who is a professional wrestler in her own right, hopes to lure UFC fighter Ronda Rousey from the Octagon to the wrestling ring.
“We would love to have her at WWE,” McMahon said while speaking at the Fortune Most Powerful Women Next Gen Summit in Laguna Niguel, California, on Wednesday.
The daughter of WWE CEO Vince McMahon said she has “loosely talked to” Rousey about it, but nothing appears to be official as yet.
Fans of both genres will recall that Rousey made a surprise appearance at Wrestlemania 31 in March of last year, when she leapt into the ring with McMahon and her husband, Triple H (real name Paul Levesque).
The couple had gotten into a confrontation with Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, who pretended to walk away from it, only to join forces with “Furious 7” costar Rousey.
Needless to say, it didn’t end well for Stephanie and Triple H, and both Johnson and Rousey hinted on social media afterwards that they weren’t finished with WWE.
The night: Historic.
The moment: Electric.
The Rock, Ronda &the WWE Universe: Magic.
We're just gettin' started… pic.twitter.com/mUOoBIFsaQ— Ronda Rousey (@RondaRousey) March 30, 2015
The Rock went on to host Wrestlemania 32 last April in Dallas, Texas, but Rousey has stepped out of the spotlight over the past year following her devastating loss to Holly Holm in UFC 193 on Nov. 15 of last year.
She’s set to finally return to the Octagon on Dec. 30 to fight Amanda Nunes for the Women’s Bantamweight Title, perhaps making 2017 a good year for her to pursue her WWE aspirations.
WWE Superstar and walking giant Brock Lesnar has found success in both WWE and the UFC, and Triple H said last month that mouthy Irish fighter Conor McGregor has what it takes to make it in the WWE, according to ESPN.
On Wednesday, McMahon also talked about why her memoir, which was announced in May, has been delayed until 2020.
“I’m personally reassessing” the book, the businesswoman and mother said, explaining that she was not satisfied with its substance and thought it needed to be more impactful. McMahon added that she had body-slammed the ghostwritten version of the book that was initially titled “UNREAL: Inside the Crazy, Fun Show Business World of WWE” and was set to hit shelves this fall.
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