Ronda Rousey, formerly the most dominant woman in the UFC, is reportedly bailing on the WWE when her contract comes up for renewal. Rousey is currently reigning as the women's champion on Raw, the WWE's flagship television program.
Rousey made her long-teased debut with the wrestling, or "sports entertainment," company last year at the Royal Rumble. She went on to have a great tag-team match at Wrestlemania 34, that segued into a very popular run on Raw. Now, rumor has it that Rowdy Ronda is looking to start a family and may take a temporary or permanent leave from the squared circle to do it.
Some people are speculating that she may have her final match at the upcoming Wrestlemania 35. Others believe that she's going to keep wrestling through 2021.
Insiders are reporting that WWE corporate is considering ways to try to keep her onboard, including even higher dollar contracts.
There's another tenacious rumor, that Rousey will be one half of the first ever women's match headlining Wrestlemania, possibly against Becky Lynch or Charlotte Flair.
Rousey's potential departure comes at a bad time for the WWE, as they gear up to face the upstart All Elite Wrestling. AEW, a new wrestling promotion backed by some very deep pockets, is the biggest threat to the WWE's virtual monopoly on televised wrestling since the WCW. The AEW has already secured some major talent, including (formerly) WWE megastar Chris Jericho and Kenny Omega.
The WWE may also be seeing a major sea change in labor relations. AEW is offering their wrestlers a much more generous benefits package, including full time contracts and health insurance. The WWE has long been criticized for employing its talent as independent contractors.