We don’t get a lot of wrestling scoops, but when we do (Goldberg etc) they’re usually on the money.
This A list athlete is close to signing a contract with the WWE to wrestle matches in the near future.
‘It should be great publicity for all parties,’ we’re told. ‘The WWE are cashing is on [name omitted]’s mainstream appeal.’
So, tell me, Gossipers:
Who is our A list athlete?
Blind Posting: 12/09/17
The Story: Ronda Rousey Signs With WWE
Popular Guesses: Paige VanZant / Conor McGregor / Ronda Rousey
The wrestling industry’s most reputable reporter, Wrestling Observer’s Dave Meltzer, has called the securing of Ronda Rousey the WWE’s most high profile in years and claimed the main reason for the signing is due to the company hoping to get one of their on-screen characters, Stephanie McMahon, mainstream attention.
I thank Meltzer for confirming my blind item, but there’s more…
As I told you back in September, the signing is mainly because the WWE are hoping to “cash in” on Rousey’s considerable star power, but it isn’t just because they want to get one of their on-screen characters some mainstream attention (although I was told that is partially the reason), another reason is the WWE’s upcoming talks over television rights and the company’s desire to attract as much attention and buzz as possible going to the negotiating table with what I’m told is more than just one television network.
Rousey has reportedly signed a contract for multiple years and will be a full time performer, wrestling multiple matches (as I told you) and not just the one WrestleMania match like was expected.