Posted August 10th, 2015 by 1Wrestling News Team

Paige is backing Ronda Rousey to help sell out next year’s Wrestlemania – if the UFC headliner fancies getting back into a WWE ring.

The 22-year-old told The Sun she believes the MMA star has been a “huge” influence and catalyst for WWE’s ‘Divas’ revolution’, which has seen the Brit star link up with highly-acclaimed new talents Charlotte and Becky Lynch.

Hailing the efforts of company execs Vince McMahon, Stephanie McMahon and Paul ‘Triple H’ Levesque for devoting more TV time to the female performers’ division, Paige added she agreed that Rousey’s raised profile had been a factor in the reinvigorated focus on the Divas.

She said: “That’s the way the world’s going right now, with the whole Ronda Rousey phenomenon – and I’m proud of her for saying what she did to Floyd Mayweather. I was, like: ‘Good one!’

“She’s a great role model for all us women – and definitely, I feel like she’s a huge part of that [the Divas’ revolution] too.

“Just her appearance at ‘Mania really helped as well, and her main eventing UFC and just becoming such a dominant force in the entertainment and sports worlds.

“Yeah, I think it all the time, she’s amazing. It’s her, it’s all her!”

Bantamweight champ and confirmed WWE fan Rousey made a surprise in-ring appearance alongside Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson at this year’s extravaganza in Santa Clara, California. A sensational stand off with The Authority climaxed with Rousey bundling Triple H out of the ring with a judo throw that made front pages across the world.

Paige, however, will not be drawn about what plans may be percolating behind the scenes for any possible future collaborations between Rousey and WWE.

Taking about the potential for a Wrestlemania return next April, Paige enthused about having Rousey aboard but stopped short of predicting a match might be made.

She said: “I hope [Ronda will be involved] too, but I have no idea. I have no idea. I’m just hoping I get a match on it!”

Paige did, however, suggest having Rousey on the bill could ensure WWE smash their all-time attendance record and pull in over 100,000 fans to the AT&T Stadium in Texas.

“If Ronda makes an appearance and Dwayne makes an appearance, that’d be great. If Stephanie wrestles… who knows?” she laughed.

“Just with them three alone!” Paige added, before joking she would be responsible for pulling in 50,000 punters herself.

“And me – I’ll get half of them in, at least!”

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