A very special guest just visited the WWE Performance Center this week. According to reports from MMA reporter Ariel Helwani, none other than Cris Cyborg is in Orlando right now training at the facility. For those who are unaware of Cyborg, she is an MMA fighter who previously held the UFC Women’s Featherweight Championship. Cyborg may be a dominant force inside the octagon, but could she be working on making the jump over to the world of pro wrestling? A photo from Helwani clearly shows that Cyborg is indeed training at the PC right now. It is always possible that Cyborg is just visiting the place for some guest training spots, as other MMA fighters have done before, but perhaps there could be a bit more to this story.
What’s interesting about Cyborg is that she has been very open about possibly starting a career for herself in the ring someday. She has been particularly vocal about facing current Raw Women’s Champion and former UFC competitor Ronda Rousey. She even said that she would not have too much of an issue with losing to Rousey if that is what it took for the match to happen. Her appearance in the PC this week may not confirm that she is on her way to WWE, but it could at least signal that she is serious about training for a move over to wrestling and may be in the process of beginning her training. Cyborg still continues to compete in MMA fights at the moment, so it will certainly be interesting to see what moves she decides to make as 2019 rolls on.
The men’s Royal Rumble match kicked off last night with Elias entering the match at #1. It was surprising to see WWE Hall of Famer and fellow musician Jeff Jarrett enter the match at the #2 spot. Although Jarrett was tossed out of the ring early on, his appearance in the Royal Rumble marked his first match in a WWE ring in about two decades. After the match, WWE caught up with Jarrett to get his thoughts on competing in the match. Jarrett talked about donning his attire from the early days of his WWE career, and even mentioned that his gear from last night was the same outfit that he wore at WrestleMania XI back in 1995. Jarrett was first brought back to WWE last year as part of the 2018 Hall of Fame class.