Is Ronda Rousey only under contract to WWE through 2019?
Speaking on the red carpet of his Legends of the Ring event with Hulk Hogan on Saturday night at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood, Florida, Ric Flair was asked about Ronda Rousey possibly wrestling Charlotte Flair at WrestleMania next year. Flair said that he believed that Rousey is only under contract to WWE for one year. Flair said that Rousey “wants to get out of there” once her deal is over to have children.
“In my humble opinion, if Rousey wants to elevate her status in the company she needs to go through The Queen and The Queen ain’t afraid of her, I got news for ya,” Flair told WSVN-TV entertainment reporter Chris Van Vliet.
“I just saw her deadlift 315 lbs and she can bench 205 lbs for 6 reps. She is gifted beyond belief. I’m not involved obviously in any of the thinking but if they’re ever going to put the women where they belong, this is the year because I think Ronda has only signed a one-year deal and then she wants to get out of there. She wants to have kids and all that. She just needs to be prepared to lose. Not if sure if Ronda likes that.”
Flair is apparently misinformed as Dave Meltzer reports in the latest issue of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter that Rousey’s contract with WWE is a multi-year deal.
“That was important because Rousey being locked for several years was the single most important contract when it came to TV negotiations since, to the people who make those decisions, she is a huge proven mainstream star that gives the organization added credibility as a major league entertainment entity,” Meltzer wrote.
Rousey did, however, say in March that she’s hoping to have children soon.
“We’re ready to start having kids soon and I was thinking about what I’ve left unfinished in my life because I want to entirely focus on having kids when that time comes,” Rousey said in an interview with Yahoo! Sports shortly before WrestleMania 34.
“I took a long look at my life and thought that if I don’t try and take a shot with the WWE, I would regret it for the rest of my life. I want to be an example to my kids about pursuing your dreams and being able to do anything. I guess this is my way of nesting and getting ready for children. I’m trying to prove to my unborn babies that they can accomplish any dream that they want to go after.”
Meltzer adds, “Anyone can quit at any time and obviously if she was to start a family she would have to take time off, but the agreement is long-term.”