Dave Meltzer indicated in the latest issue of The Wrestling Observer Newsletter that Ronda Rousey had a contract or agreement with WWE dating back to last summer, despite what the company is publicly saying.
Ronda started training last year in anticipation for a 4 Horsewomen vs. 4 Horsewomen feud and they even went as far as shooting an angle at the Mae Young Classic tournament. WWE eventually dropped those creative plans.
Another indication that Ronda had a deal in place before WWE announced it was her merchandise already being sold at WWE Live Events. While Ronda may have had an agreement with WWE, Meltzer also indicated that there is the chance that Ronda still hasn’t signed the “long-form” contract yet.
“At the same time, since the company is marketing Rousey’s contract signing for its Elimination Chamber PPV in Las Vegas on 2/25, they can’t outright say she’s signed, and it’s possible the long-form contract hasn’t been completely signed.”