Ronda Rousey May Miss WrestleMania Forever for the Best Possible Reason

We’re actually kind of cool with it.

Bad news fan boys: Ronda Rousey’s expected appearance at WrestleMania 32 is no longer a sure thing. Despite the WWE’s desire to have Rousey face off against Stephanie McMahon in Dallas, it increasingly appears that the undefeated MMA champ will be tied up with the production of Road House when she should be laying waste to McMahon’s face.

Here’s how one wrestling news site put it: 

The movie commitment pretty much shuts the door for WrestleMania in Dallas. Rousey has said in interviews that she still wants to do something with WWE in the future so perhaps the door is open for next year’s SummerSlam or WrestleMania 33.

Given the trajectory of Rousey’s nascent acting career though, it’s reasonable to assume that she’ll be too busy in 2017 too. And in 2018. And in 2019. Hell, it’s reasonable to assume that she may transition out of fighting entirely sooner than we all think. 

And why wouldn’t she? She won’t get hurt acting. She’ll make more money acting. She’ll get more famous acting. And all she has to do is keep saying yes. Studios are throwing roles at her faster than she throws punches, and the biggest may not have even landed yet — Rousey’s in contention to play Marvels’ first female superhero

Of course, Rousey’s burgeoning acting career doesn’t necessarily mean she’ll never show up at the WWE’s main events. For a model of how it’s done, look no further than the man she stood with at WrestleMania 31 — Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. 

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