Ronda Rousey made history as the first woman to win both the UFC and the WWE championship, but she won’t be seeing the inside of another professional fighting ring anytime soon.
On August 1, the WWE announced that Rousey would be suspended following an attack on referee Dan Engler. As described in their statement, “An irate Rousey attacked the official after her SmackDown Women’s Title Match, claiming he missed [her opponent] Liv Morgan tapping out to the Armbar while he counted the pinfall.”
Video of the incident shows Rousey grabbing the referee by the arm and flipping him over her shoulder onto the ring’s floor, where she pinned him down until another official got involved.
In addition to suspension, the fighter has also been fined an undisclosed amount.
The day before her punishment was announced, Rousey posted photos of the match to Instagram, writing, “Hey @wwe if you guys could stop screwing me to put over your golden girls at every major ppv that’d be greaaaaaat.”
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Rousey has posted to Instagram since the suspension, thanking a variety of stylists and brands for her look, but has yet to comment further on the situation. Her suspension also means Rousey won’t be appearing on this week’s Friday Night SmackDown.
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