Is Roddy Piper Related to Ronda Rousey?

Published 12/17/2021, 1:03 PM EST


The former UFC Champion and WWE Legend Ronda Rousey is one of the greatest women wrestlers of all time. The fans know Rousey for her MMA and WWE career. She was one of the top UFC fighters who made a significant impact in her MMA career. She grabbed a lot of attention and appreciation from many for her top-notch performances.

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Fans often relate Rowdy Ronda Rousey to the late WWE Legend, “Rowdy” Roddy Piper. He was a Canadian wrestler who competed in various wrestling federations.

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He was famous for his short temper character, which was later recognized as Rowdy Roddy Piper. Although Ronda is called Rowdy Ronda Rousey, it does not relate her to the WWE Legend. The two share no blood relations. Ronda did, however, train with Piper’s daughter Teal Piper at one point.

The Legacy of Ronda Rousey

Ronda Rousey is a professional mixed martial artist, judoka, and wrestler.

In 2008, Ronda won a bronze Olympic medal in Beijing, China and became the first American woman with an Olympic medal in judo. It was the first major sporting achievement in her career. Later, she changed her focus to mixed martial arts. Her judo background gave her an advantage, which helped her in her fights. Later, she signed to UFC in the Bantamweight division.

She was the first female fighter to be signed by Dana White in UFC. Her signing changed the perspective of UFC president Dana White for female fighters. Ronda Rousey’s popularity and skill made him sign more female fighters who compete in modern-day fights in the octagon.

ANAHEIM, CA – FEBRUARY 23: Ronda Rousey celebrates her UFC Bantamweight Title over Liz Carmouche at Honda Center on February 23, 2013 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

Rousey started her career with a 6 win streak, dominating the bantamweight division. She has an MMA career record of 12-2. Her tenure in UFC was short-lived, however, after she faced consecutive knockout losses against Holly Holm and Amanda Nunes. After a good run in the octagon, she changed her focus to professional wrestling.

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Rousey’s WWE Career

During one of her first appearances in WWE, she wore a jacket owned by Roddy Piper. That connection has further fueled speculations about a relation between the two but the jacket was given to her by his son.

Ronda was one of the hottest sensations during her time in WWE, as fans were excited to watch her. She also dethroned the Raw Women’s Champion Alexa Bliss to win her first WWE title.

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For a long time, the Raw women’s roster was under Rowdy Ronda Rousey’s dominance. She defended her title for 231 days until she lost her title against Becky Lynch. Although Ronda spent a short time in WWE, she became one of the highest-paid superstars in WWE. The wrestling fans are eagerly waiting for her in-ring return.

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Ronda Rousey’s legacy is at a different level, with many career changes and many achievements. Although her rise to the top names was not a straightforward journey, she worked hard for it.

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Yash Sawant

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Yash is a WWE and AEW writer at EssentiallySports. Currently, Yash is a BSC student and along with his studies follows his favorite sport. Being a WWE fan since 2012, Yash loves all things related to wrestling.

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