When Ronda Rousey joined WWE in January, she said there was a “set timeline” to her commitment because she intends to start a family. But her transition to WWE has gone so well and been so enjoyable that she says she is rethinking any time limits.
“I love this way more than I ever thought I would,” Rousey told ESPN.com this week as she prepares to challenge Alexa Bliss for the Raw Women’s Championship at SummerSlam on Sunday at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.
“We had a set timeline set, and now we aren’t so sure about it because I love it so much,” she said. “I guess that’s the best thing that could’ve happened, that I would love it so much it would be so hard to stop. I can see why people have a hard time leaving this industry because it’s such a joy to be a part of every day.”
While the length of her WWE contract has yet to be confirmed, Dave Meltzer reported in the Wrestling Observer Newsletter in June that her contract is a ‘multi-year deal.’ WWE typically signs talent to three-year deals, so she will likely remain with WWE until at least 2021.
Her match against Bliss this weekend is one of the most anticipated on the SummerSlam card. And it will come two days after Mile 22, the Peter Berg action film she co-stars in with Mark Wahlberg, hits theaters in the United States.
Despite her hectic schedule, Rousey reiterated that she still intends to have a family someday but joked about finding her child a spot in WWE.
“You never know, maybe I’ll make my baby my manager,” she said.
Rousey is also promoting preorders of WWE 2K19 this week, which will be her first appearance as a wrestler in the popular video game franchise.
“My [wrestling] move set is kind of still evolving and taking shape, so I’d be really interested in to see what they actually come up with [in 2K19],” Rousey said. “There’s a bunch of stuff I haven’t even been able to show yet, that I’ve been keeping in my back pocket.”