UFC President Dana White was all smiles as Women’s Bantamweight Champion Ronda Rousey made a guest appearance on WWE’s WrestleMania 31.
We detest cliches, however, in case you have been living under a rock these past few days, WWE‘s WrestleMania 31 occurred on Sunday. One of the biggest highlights of the night had to be a special appearance by Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, as the former ten time world champion interrupted Triple H and Stephanie McMahon’s promo. His presence was not the most electric, however.
Joining the “Brahma Bull” inside the ring was none other than MMA superstar and current UFC Women’s Bantamweight Champion Ronda Rousey (12-0). Her appearance on WWE programming caught virtually everyone off guard. Among those seemingly surprised was UFC President Dana White, who posted the following photo below on Twitter.
In her segment, Rousey got into a heated confrontation with WWE chief brand officer/part owner Stephanie McMahon and her husband Triple H, a former 13 time world champion and WWE executive vice president.
The results were a couple of excellent one liners courtesy of both Ronda and the “People’s Champion,” as well as a judo throw to the aforementioned Triple H. Rousey even added in a standing arm lock to McMahon just for good measure.
— Dana White (@danawhite) March 30, 2015
So, why is Dana smiling? Well, it could be that his company’s biggest promotional draw just headlined a segment on the most watched professional wrestling PPV of the year. It could also be that Rousey’s appearance adds even more credibility to the UFC’s name.
Both of those are valid reasons. However, perhaps the gained exposure is not the only reason for the apparently delight on the face of MMA’s most powerful promoter.
From the look of that photo, one would have to assume that White was watching the PPV from the very start. Thus, it can be surmised that he might be a fan of the WWE. And if such a proclamation is true, could it be out of the scope of reality to see future co-promotion between the two global entities?
The entertainment aspect of professional wrestling (WWE in particular) can be seen as a predecessor to mixed martial arts (at least on a macro scale like the UFC). And if not for “The Ultimate Fighter’s” clever slating right behind “WWE Raw” on Spike TV in 2005, perhaps the Zuffa backed promotion does not reach the heights it has achieved thus far.
Sunday night was a win-win scenario for each company, and both realms of entertainment. The WWE adds crossover appeal to viewers, while the UFC gains additional mainstream credentials. There is simply no better way to look at it.
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