Back in the olden days, when Ronda Rousey was on top of the MMA world, she and her buddies – Shayna Baszler, Jessamyn Duke and Marina Shafir – were bandied about as the “Four Horsewomen of MMA” in a kind of homage to pro wrestling. Or something.
Anyway, Baszler, Duke and Shafir all crashed and burned in the cage, and eventually Rousey did the same.
But then Rousey found her calling in the world of pro wrestling, and guess what? It’s reunion time!
As per MMAFighting:
The Four Horsewomen of MMA are all now in pro wrestling.
Jessamyn Duke and Marina Shafir have joined their good friends Ronda Rousey and Shayna Baszler in WWE, the pro wrestling promotion announced Monday. The WWE announced that Duke and Shafir had begun training at its Performance Center in Orlando, Fla. The two had trained there before and Duke seemed likely to sign as of last month, but now both are officially on board.
Shafir and Duke each have gotten some television time with WWE. Both of them and Rousey were in in the front row for the Mae Young Classic tapings last summer to cheer on Baszler, who went to the finals of the tournament. They were shown on episodes often and even did a backstage segment being confronted by WWE’s version of the Four Horsewomen, led by Charlotte Flair.
The signings could very well lead to a match down the road between Rousey, Baszler, Duke and Shafir against Flair, Sasha Banks, Becky Lynch and Bayley, which WWE teased last year. Shafir is also the fiancée of WWE wrestler Roderick Strong.
Personally, I don’t care one bit about pro wrestling, but if Baszler, Duke and Shafir have found their niche and they’re happy, rock on.