Ronda Rousey is suspended from the WWE indefinitely after video footage shows her attacking an official Saturday during SummerSlam at Nissan Stadium in Nashville.
Video footage shows Rousey, 35, throwing referee Dan Engler to the mats and maintaining her grip on the official moments after she lost the women’s title match to Liv Morgan. An announcer can be heard saying, “Rousey’s going to be fined, or perhaps worse!”
Often, certain events that transpire in the professional wrestling ring are staged, People noted. Suspensions that occur as a result of such pre-planned events are reportedly designed to give the wrestlers a break from competing.
The WWE issued a statement in response to the incident, stating they suspended Rousey from all upcoming events, the outlet reported. There is no word on whether or not she will return to the WWE.
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Engler either didn’t notice or failed to call Morgan’s tap-out after the match, People noted. Rousey seemed to take her apparent rage out on Engler, swiftly grabbing his arm, twisting it aggressively, and slamming him roughly to the mats. He fell and flailed about in an evidently dramatic way.
Several seconds passed as Engler struggled to release himself from Rousey’s grip, according to the footage. She appeared to dominate Engler by exerting force upon him and gripping him with her legs and arms as the crowd roared in the background.
“Somebody get in there and help the ref!” the announcer shouted, according to the video. Eventually another official stepped into the ring and managed to put an end to the situation.
“Ronda Rousey is on a rampage at SummerSlam!” the announcer shouted. “Ronda Rousey has snapped!” he added in the video. (RELATED: NBA Champion Dwight Howard May Be Bound For WWE)
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The WWE posted about the incident Tuesday on Twitter. “BREAKING: Following her attack on a WWE Official at #SummerSlam,@RondaRousey has been fined and suspended,” the WWE wrote.
“An irate Rousey attacked the official after her SmackDown Women’s Title Match, claiming he missed Liv Morgan tapping out to the Armbar while he counted the pinfall,” the WWE wrote in the official statement on their website.
Rousey will not appear on Aug. 5’s Friday Night SmackDown, the statement noted.