A wrestling return seems increasingly unlikely for the Rowdy One. As per the Wrestling Observer Newsletter, it’s believed that Ronda Rowsey is “likely retired” from professional wrestling.
Rousey last competed in the squared circle back at WrestleMania 35, being pinned by Becky Lynch in a triple threat main event that saw The Man take Ronda’s Raw Women’s Championship and Charlotte Flair’s SmackDown Women’s Championship.
Following that 2019 edition of WWE’s Showcase of the Immortals, the Rowdy One stepped back from wrestling in order to start a family with husband Travis Browne. Last month saw a beaming Rousey take to her YouTube channel to announce that she is pregnant with the couple’s first child.
In terms of WWE, it seemed a no-brainer that they would maximise on the names under contract to give audiences a Four Horsewomen vs. Four Horsewomen rivalry pitting Becky Lynch, Sasha Banks, Bayley and Charlotte Flair up against their MMA counterparts in Ronda Rousey, Shayna Baszler, Marina Shafir and Jessamyn Duke.
Once Duke was released by WWE earlier this month, that was a clear indicator that Horsewomen vs. Horsewomen wasn’t ever going to happen. In addition to that, can’t-miss killer Baszler is stuck in a rut on Raw, and Shafir has barely been used in-ring and was last seen at Roderick Strong’s side as Roddy quit NXT last month.
The Observer report does add that Ronda could still make a one-off appearance for WWE at one of the company’s major PPVs, but it is reiterated how Rousey is viewed as essentially retired.