With Brock Lesnar making his return to MMA, it's almost certain that the wrestling/MMA crossover is far from finished. The next question then becomes: who will go back the other way? If one thing is for sure, it's that WWE know what's best for business, and there's no way Lesnar will go to the UFC without Vince McMahon's company getting something in return, officially or unofficially.
This week, UFC and Dancing with the Stars girl of the moment Paige VanZant's manager let slip that the WWE had been in contact, looking to possibly book her for SummerSlam. That opens up all sorts of interesting possibilities, especially given the timing of the news.
SummerSlam goes down in August and, following her runner-up finish on Dancing with the Stars (that gave a huge boost to her already surging popularity), VanZant was looking to return to the cage in September, possibly at UFC 202 alongside Conor McGregor. A SummerSlam appearance would certainly work as far as promoting her return to fighting goes, and another key name will be at the event in Lesnar.
Yet how could the WWE work the petite fighter into the fold? Would they link her with the Beast, given their common ground working for the UFC? Or would they book an angle in the women's division? How about mixing her up with the McMahon family?
Let's take a look at six possible angles for introducing Paige VanZant to the WWE world!
Covering the sport of MMA from Ontario, Canada, Jay Anderson has been writing for various publications covering sports, technology, and pop culture since 2001. Jay holds an Honours Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the University of Guelph, and a Certificate in Leadership Skills from Humber College under the Ontario Management Development Program. When not slaving at the keyboard, he can be found in the company of his dog, a good book, or getting lost in the woods.