Ronda Rousey may quit WWE after WrestleMania 35 to start a family with former UFC fighter Travis Browne
31-year-old Ronda Rousey is an Olympic medalist and was UFC's first and longest-ever reigning Women's Bantamweight Champion before she moved to WWE a year ago
Ronda Rousey's WWE career could be coming to a premature end. The 31-year-old, who currently holds the RAW Women's Championship after winning it at Summerslam 2018 by forcing champion Alexa Bliss to submit to her trademark armbar, is said to be considering a departure due to family concerns.
According to the Wrestling Observer, Rousey is set to call it quits on her WWE career after WrestleMania 35 on April 8, where she is expected to face one of Becky Lynch or Charlotte Flair pending the results of the upcoming Royal Rumble.
If the news does prove to be true, it would mean her stint in the company would have lasted almost exactly one year, having first made her in-ring debut in WrestleMania 34 last year.
It is rumored that the 31-year-old wants to walk away because she wants to start a family and is finding it hard to cope with WWE's intense touring schedule that leaves her away from her home for most of the year.
That would seemingly corroborate with an emotional statement Rousey, who is married to former UFC fighter Travis Browne, made during a video last November where she said, "I wouldn’t be leaving home unless it was to do the most fantastic things ever and I really, really do enjoy it and love it, but all that energy I spend on the WWE is energy I don’t spend on my family."
Nonetheless, if she does decide she has had enough, she would still have had quite the career in WWE. An Olympic medalist and UFC's first and longest-ever reigning Women's Bantamweight Champion, her transfer to the company caught headlines because of her high-standing at UFC.
It was apparent chairman Vince McMahon had high aspirations for Rousey, with the 31-year-old also promising to give it all. "This is my life now. First priority on my timeline for the next several years," she said in an interview with ESPN at the time it was confirmed she was joining WWE.
"When I first met with Triple H, I told him, ‘There are other things I can do with my time that’ll make way more money, but I won’t enjoy nearly as much.'"
Rousey went on to win her first championship in August before then headlining the first-ever all women's Pay-Per-View Evolution in a match against Nikki Bella. She only suffered her first loss in WWE this past Monday during a tag team match against Bayley, and her Royal Rumble opponent Sasha Banks.
As rumors of her departure continued to swirl, the WWE released a statement where they said Rousey was under contract at the company until 2021. However, they declined to comment on the reasons behind why she's unsettled, stating, "Whether or not Ronda wants to start a family is a private matter."