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Despite how recent reports suggested that Ronda Rousey might soon be making her return to WWE, it appears that the chances of an in-ring comeback within the next six months might not be so good after all.

Citing an unnamed senior WWE creative team official, Ringside News wrote on Wednesday that it might not be a “good idea” to expect Rousey to make an appearance for the company before her contract expires about six months from now.

This comes weeks after the former UFC women’s bantamweight champion was seen training with Teal Piper — the daughter of WWE Hall of Famer “Rowdy” Roddy Piper — and took to social media to blast her old rival Becky Lynch and her fiancé, Seth Rollins.

In addition, Friday Night SmackDown superstar Natalya recently hinted that she was training with a mystery wrestler, further fueling the speculation that Rousey might be preparing for her pro-wrestling comeback.

As speculated by Ringside News, there’s a possibility WWE froze Rousey’s contract during her hiatus, but there haven’t been any reports that have confirmed this as a fact. As such, the publication cautioned that her deal is most likely “running out in real time” and that such information should be treated as a private matter between wrestler and employer.

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The outlet also opined that Rousey’s return is such a big deal that WWE should treat the event as a “big surprise,” and one that should take place in front of a live audience, preferably after the company does its part to generate interest and conversation among fans. It was also pointed out that the former Raw Women’s Champion has been open about her reluctance to travel amid the coronavirus pandemic, especially since Florida is still among the states most affected by the ongoing health crisis.

While Rousey originally cited her desire to start a family with her husband, MMA fighter Travis Browne, as the reason behind her hiatus from the squared circle, she would later claim on the Wild Ride! with Steve-O podcast that she made this decision because she felt WWE fans are “ungrateful,” as quoted by Comic Book. She also earned controversy for suggesting that pro-wrestling is little more than “fake fights for fun” — a comment she later on defended in a lengthy statement.

Despite the backstage heat and fan backlash she reportedly received for making the aforementioned remarks, WWE executive vice president Paul “Triple H” Levesque suggested that Rousey was still open to returning to the company, stressing that he and other officials still have a “great relationship” and that she’s welcome to return whenever she’s ready to do so.

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NBA Rumors: Bulls, Celtics interested in signing Lonzo Ball

The New Orleans Pelicans are likely to move on from Lonzo Ball this offseason, and the list of teams interested is growing. 

While the NBA Draft might have been overshadowed by the absolute insanity surrounding baseball, that didn’t mean basketball wasn’t capable of producing some rumors of its own.

NBA free agency will help reset some power throughout the league, and one of the top names hitting the market is New Orleans Pelicans guard Lonzo Ball.

After trading Steve Adams, the Pelicans are in a position to go after a top free agent guard like Kyle Lowry. Following the Lakers trade for Russell Westbrook on Thursday, the likelihood that the Pelicans can land Lowry has increased.

It’s not a certainty but it’s much more likely than it was before.

One thing that does seem certain is the idea that the Pels are going to move on from Lonzo.

During Stadium’s NBA Draft Show, Shams dropped a nugget about his upcoming free agency and what might happen once free agency begins. Aside from the Chicago Bulls, Shams identifies the Boston Celtics and Toronto Raptors as possible destinations.

“Chicago, we know all about their interest going back to the trade deadline, but I’m throwing in two more teams,” Shams reported. “Boston and Toronto … along with Indiana.”

Shams also notes that the deal for Lonzo could exceed $20 million per season — a pretty penny, indeed.

An important thing to note is that Lonzo is a restricted free agent, which increases the likelihood of a sign-and-trade that nets the Pelicans some sort of return for letting him walk. Where that gets extra interesting is with the Raptors supposed interest.

If Lowry is on the radar of the Pelicans and they don’t want to get into a bidding war with the Sixers or someone else, a sign-and-trade that swaps Lonzo for Lowry might be something to consider.

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