Report claims WWE 'confident' of getting Ronda Rousey WrestleMania match

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Brock Lesnar's agreement to fight at UFC 200 has sparked much debate about just what is in it for the WWE beyond simply being mentioned when The Beast Incarnate takes to the octagon next month.

Yesterday there was speculation that the WWE hierarchy was looking to bring in UFC fighters - namely Page VanZant - for August's SummerSlam pay-per-view, seemingly as part of the Lesnar deal.

Now, courtesy of a report from Forbes' Anthony DiMoro, there is word that the biggest wrestling promotion in the world is "confident" of securing an even more exciting plan involving Ronda Rousey.


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According to the report, buoyed by their recent negotiations with the UFC regarding Lesnar, Vince McMahon and co. are "hopeful that they will be allowed to use Ronda Rousey at ‘WrestleMania 33′ in Orlando, Florida."

Even more exciting is the suggestion that they want the former Women's Bantamweight champion to be involved in an actual match at next year's Grandest Stage of Them All, rather than just another promo role like at WrestleMania 31.

DiMoro writes:

"Rousey is at the top of WWE’s list and they are confident they can eventually solidify a match involving Rousey, who many believe will ultimately end up in WWE down the road."

Whether this ambition was a motivating factor in allowing Brock Lesnar to fight at the upcoming UFC 200 pay-per-view is unknown, but it can't have done the WWE any harm when it comes to pushing for a green light on Rousey from the MMA promotion.

Having been seen to be doing the UFC a favour by handing over The Beast for (at least) one match, they will surely expect Dana White and co. to do the same in the future.

There is, though, the issue of Ronda Rousey's own status. The UFC star hasn't fought in the octagon since late 2015, when she was unceremoniously beaten by Holly Holm with a brutal leg kick K.O.

With movie commitments and injury - she recently underwent minor surgery - likely to keep her from a comeback fight until the end of 2016, or even January 2017, the UFC may have concerns about letting one of their biggest names pursue yet more opportunities outside of the organisation.

While WrestleMania 33 isn't for another 10 months, letting Rousey perform in an actual match at the pay-per-view would still be a risk.

It would, though, be something the majority of the WWE Universe would love to see happen.

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