When it comes to the UFC fighters performing in the WWE, Ronda Rousey is undoubtedly the first name that comes to our mind.
Ever since her appearance at Wrestlemania 31, she has been a fan favourite who the WWE Universe desperately wanted to see competing inside the squared circle. But, eventually, one of her colleagues was the first one to fight in a WWE ring.
Shayna Baszler, one of the female superstars from the UFC four horse-women factions was the first one to participate in the Mae Young Classic tournament in August. She was able to go to the grand finale of the series, as well which took place in a live format in September.
Despite being one of the favourites to win the tournament, she came as the runner-up after losing the deciding matchup against Kairi Sane. The reason behind that was she being unable to sign a WWE contract in time, whereas, Sane had finalised a deal and inserted right into a match at NXT Takeover in November.
For those who were very much disappointed about not seeing Shayna anymore can be excited now, as the strong MMA fighter has officially signed a WWE contract to join the world’s largest pro-wrestling promotion. The news was reported by uproxx.com which was later confirmed by WWE.com. Check out the following updates from the official website of the WWE,
“Shayna Baszler already made history as a finalist in the inaugural WWE Mae Young Classic. Now, The Queen of Spades is ready to embark on her new career in WWE as an official member of the WWE Performance Center in Orlando, Fla.
Baszler, a former UFC fighter originally from Sioux City, S.D., began training full-time at the Performance Center last week.”
So, going forward, we can expect Shayna Baszler emerging in either at the NXT roster or the main roster of the company. But, before that, the MMA performer gave a threat to the locker room with the following comments,
“It’s very serious to me and, in some ways, a lot more important [than MMA] based on where I come from. Waving the banner of my coaches is a heavy flag to wield, so it’s something I take very seriously. Because of that, I wanted to start at the beginning and show that I’m willing to start at the bottom and prove myself and work my way up, so there’s no excuse when I get here and I’m breaking these girls in half. I didn’t get any ‘gimmes.’”