Ronda Rousey is scheduled to return to UFC competition December 30th at UFC 207, taking on Amanda Nunes, the current Women's Bantamweight Champion. Ronda has been training vigorously for this fight. It's Ronda's first UFC go 'round after she lost her Bantamweight title to Holly Holm in one of the biggest upsets in sports history. Well, Ronda has licked her wounds, healed her jaw, and she's ready to reclaim her glory. Every great has lost. Ronda has an opportunity to regain her glory and everyone will surely want to be apart of the ride. However, Ronda has said that her upcoming bout will be one of her last. Regardless, the future holds a lot for Ronda, and there's a legitimate chance the WWE will make sure they're on her radar.
The WWE has been a great destination or even temporary leave for athletes after they’ve accomplished heights in their career. Ask Ken Shamrock, Brock Lesnar, Mark Henry, or Kurt Angle. These athletes thrived in the WWE. They all eventually became champions in one way or another and played important parts in various storylines and stayed there for years. There is no question that Ronda Rousey, one of the most famous athletes in the world, and at one point THE face of the UFC, and a role model for women everywhere, would thrive within the WWE, which has been pushing their Divas Revolution as a large part of their brand, ensuring stars like Sasha and Charlotte main event PPVs in epic match-ups. Chances are the company would do everything their power to uphold her badass stature and make sure her gimmick is similar to her UFC persona.
15 15. Her Fame Would Attract viewers
If you haven't heard, the WWE's ratings haven't been the best lately... Rousey is one of the most famous athletes on earth, period. She’s hosted SNL, been featured on Ellen, was the biggest attraction of UFC, redefined fame for a female fighter; the list goes on. Ronda’s mere presence on WWE programming would at the very least garner interest. It would be promoted like crazy, be talked about on Hollywood Magazine shows like Entertainment Tonight, Extra, Access Hollywood, etc. It would be talked about through UFC and covered by the likes of ESPN and FoxSports. Finally, the social media coverage of Ronda’s WWE debut would be among the highest trending topics. Everyone would be curious to see how the woman Rolling Stone deemed “The Most Dangerous in the World” would adapt in a WWE environment. Can she handle the crowd interaction? The WWE’s flagship show, Monday Night Raw, has experienced ratings woes of late. How much do people want to bet that Ronda’s first televised appearance on Monday Night Raw would give the show a serious boost?
14 Amazing Match Possibilities
It would surely take Ronda some time to get acclimated to the WWE style. Fortunately, there’s a large amount of talented WWE Divas capable of making sure she makes the proper transition. There’s a solid chance that Ronda would be made to look pretty damn dominant but there’s a select few that would no doubt be able to carry her to a solid, memorable match. Ronda Rousey vs Charlotte? Sasha? Bayley? Asuka? Nia Jax? Alexa Bliss? Becky Lynch? Naomi? Nikki Bella? The possibilities are endless. The women’s division is arguably the best it’s ever been on all shows, so adding Ronda into the mix would make everything interesting very quickly. Once Ronda gets settled in, she would definitely emerge as one of the better competitors. Imagine “Rowdy” Ronda Rousey in a gimmick match such as a cage or a ladder match. Falls count anywhere. Table match. Three stages of hell. Uh huh, forget about it; the Divas Revolution would get even more of a boost.
13 Ronda Rousey is a Fan of the WWE
Ronda Rousey appeared at WrestleMania 31 during a time when her popularity was perhaps at its highest. She sports WWE merchandise and was a huge fan of WWE Hall of Famer and former Intercontinental Champion “Rowdy” Roddy Piper. She even adopted his nickname so she could be go by the name “Rowdy” Ronda Rousey. Rousey also referred to her UFC women’s division peers as the “Four Horsewomen” a play off the legendary Four Horseman stable which was led by “The Nature Boy” Ric Flair. Rousey and the rest of the 4 horsewomen even made an appearance at Summerslam in 2014, an event which saw a former UFC peer at the time in Brock Lesnar capture the WWE World Heavyweight Championship in one of the most high profile squash matches in recent memory. Rousey’s respect and fandom for the sport would surely ignite her already potent desire to succeed. People backstage and fans around the world would also be appreciative of Ronda’s knowledge of the brand.
12 Her Debut Would Be Legendary
The announcement by Stephanie McMahon is made. The promo videos begin. The countdown to Ronda is shown on Monday Night Raw and Smackdown Live. Scenario: Charlotte is gloating around the ring with her Women’s title, talking about how she’s the best Women’s Champion ever and how she’s the best in the business after defeating her challenger in a highly contested match the night before, only to be interrupted by unfamiliar yet badass theme music. Ronda emerges from backstage to a huge pop as she soaks in the moment and heads to the ring. When she steps between the ropes, she doesn’t even have to say anything, just stand face to face with Charlotte, put her in her patented armbar while Charlotte rapidly tapes out and there you have it, a championship grudge match for the next event on the WWE Network (only for $9.99). Come on, you know you’d be intrigued to Ronda’s interactions with the other WWE Divas!
11 The Next Big Pro Wrestling Streak?
There are two famous streaks in (relatively) modern pro wrestling history: The Undertaker's WrestleMania Streak and Goldberg's undefeated streak during the Monday Night Wars. Ronda was so dominant in the UFC before her first loss that she captivated the entire world. She had the world in her hands. I wouldn’t see why the WWE would not attempt to replicate that and even give her a Goldberg-esque streak where she would not lose and have matches that were no longer than 3 to 5 minutes. There would be a select amount of Divas that would and could be booked to give Ronda a run for her money, but with a star this big, I’m sure the WWE would want Ronda to appear as dominant as humanly possible. Boiled down, chances are Ronda could negotiate a Brock Lesnar run at the worst (not getting pinned for over two years, etc). Ronda in the WWE would be the perfect opportunity to play off her undefeated streak (before she got knocked out by Holly) in UFC in what she could call “real competition.”
10 More WWE / UFC Collaboration:
The WWE and UFC clearly have a mutual respect or at least acknowledge one another. Ken Shamrock, a man who used to be the face UFC was billed as the ultimate ass kicker when he debuted in 1997. Brock Lesnar’s UFC accomplishments have been boasted by the company and Vince even let Brock Lesnar fight on a UFC PPV while he was under his WWE contract. Ronda has obviously been featured on WWE programming during their bigger PPV events. Ronda coming to the WWE would continue to encourage future collaborations between the two companies. Who knows what those possibilities could offer other than both entities benefitting from each other. It would continue cross-brand respect and open the door for possible special attraction matches where both brands could benefit from each other.
9 She Would Be One Of The Main Stars Of The Company
The WWE loves to promote their stars. You see images of their superstars plastered everywhere. They make sure that everyone knows about their biggest personalities; Ronda would be no exception. She would be pushed (whether the fans like it or not) as one of the faces of the company and would be side by side with the likes of Roman, Cena, Brock, Sasha, Charlotte, Orton, and other big name entities on the roster. This also means that Ronda would most likely have segments that would either open, be in the middle or close the show. This also means that there would definitely be a WWE Network special about Ronda’s being the sports icon she has become and her transitioning to the WWE universe. It’s not a stretch to see Ronda being featured prominently on video game covers and other WWE ventures and merchandise. Ronda would certainly become an insane star that made an impact, regardless of how the fans react to her.
8 She'd Have A Favorable Schedule
Whether people (namely fellow WWE superstars) like it or not, there’s a strong chance that Ronda would have a specialized schedule. Who knows what that could entail; would she show up every couple of Monday Night Raws? Would she have a similar schedule as Brock Lesnar, where she would only be required to show up at PPV’s and a couple of Monday Night Raws before the PPV’s she’s scheduled at? Fans, notably smarks, would probably boo Ronda for it but she’s indeed a very busy lady. Ronda is worldwide. She stars in movies, she was the most famous star in UFC, even more than Connor McGregor at one point. Whenever Ronda fights it would be promoted as a pure event. Brock Lesnar was able to fight in UFC while under a WWE contract; he shows up when he wants, barely appears on WWE TV throughout the year and gets paid handsomely for it; if you don’t think Ronda would be able to garner similar pull, than disappointment is on the way.
7 She Would Be the “Brock Lesnar” of the Divas Division
Ronda Rousey, no matter how great her WWE career would be, would always be known for her UFC dominance. There is no doubt that the WWE would want to capitalize off of her dominant aura, perhaps similar to how Brock Lesnar was brought back in. Whenever Rousey fights within the confines of the WWE, it’ll be a big deal, an attraction, an event. She should wear the same gear she wore in UFC, come out with a similar entrance, and completely decimate most of her opponents. She wouldn’t care if fans booed or cheered her; only if her opponent is KO’d, pinned, or submits. She would laugh if blood is drawn, etc. Ronda would most likely change the entire face of the division. How could she resist the push? I bet she wouldn’t.
6 She Could Be the Longest Reigning WWE Women’s Champion of the Modern Era
The Fabulous Moolah holds the record for longest reigning Women’s Champion at 28 years (at least the WWE lists it as such). That’s a record that is surely unlikely to be beaten. That said, if the WWE had any chance to get away with something this dominant, this would be their chance. If Ronda would be the “Brock Lesnar” of women’s wrestling, destroying her opponents left and right, it wouldn’t be outside the realm of possibility for her to hold on to her eventual Women’s Championship for a large amount of time. The only question is, if such a dominant reign could endure today's ADD society and outlook. If Ronda is straight up whooping whoever comes her way, would fans be able to handle the new longest reigning Women’s Champion? Nikka Bella and AJ Lee can attest to maintaining that…Let’s just say if Ronda were to be around, she’d have a legit chance of becoming the longest reigning Women’s Champion of the modern era.
5 She’s Hot
Each WWE Diva is unique and attractive in their own special way, Ronda would be no different. She has a body etched out of stone, and she represents everything that the WWE wants in a WWE Diva. That said, let’s be honest, Ronda is incredibly pleasing to the eyes. There’s something hot about a beautiful woman that contains that mix of sexiness and being a badass. The fact that she can hold her own in the looks department and be the face of the division would only do more to enhance her status within the WWE. Ronda is considered to be one of the more attractive female fighters, being featured on countless lists and countdowns displaying the hottest athletes in their respective sports. Ronda claims she felt she was most attractive when she gained weight, which makes her instantly relatable among fans. I’m sure Ronda Rousey would be featured on a plethora of posters and merchandise featuring her posing as well as beating up on other divas…
4 Stephanie McMahon Wants Her To Be Involved With the WWE
The Billionaire Princess wants Ronda Rousey to be involved with the WWE; what more honestly needs to be said? Ronda has openly stated that her upcoming UFC fight against champion Amanda Nunes would be one of her last…That means that the historic, dominant career of Ronda Rousey is coming to an end sooner rather than later. Stephanie was interviewed by tabloid giant TMZ, and she informed them that she’s still looking for payback against Rousey for locking her in an armbar at WrestleMania 31. She made it known that she will have no qualms with trying to lure the superstar to the WWE once her UFC career is over. If one of the most powerful members of the company wants one to join up and keep dialogue open for possible future storylines, then that’s a pretty good sign. Expect the boss’s daughter to deliver a “full court press” to sign Ronda Rousey once she’s available.
3 There's Less of a Risk Compared to UFC
Ronda would be able to show off her dominance and not worry about getting her jaw broken or being knocked out, at least intentionally. At worst she works a stiff match, and any loss she would have would most likely not hurt her character; she wouldn’t be devastated in defeat compared to the only blemish on her otherwise perfect UFC win-loss record. Obviously wrestling in the WWE and participating in anything athletic could result in injury, but Ronda could perform with the peace of mind of being rehearsed. Now, there have been moments in wrestling where things definitely go wrong, but overall the WWE is safer compared to UFC, simply because there’s more preparation and collaboration between opponents. If Ronda was going to take a bump; go through a table, get a suplex from the top rope on to a foreign object, she’d know about it. However, even though the WWE is less “risky” compared to UFC, their schedule is brutal. It’s up to Ronda if she could handle it. It’s okay, because if Ronda were to come to the WWE, there’s a strong chance she wouldn’t have to worry about the previous sentence. That leads us to our next reason.
Ronda would not only get a favorable, part time schedule, she would get paid handsomely. If there’s anything the McMahons have over everyone else, it’s money. Honestly, how could Ronda resist? She’s already rich, but she’d be able to maintain her dominating aura, while most likely being able to formulate any kind of schedule she wants. As the “Million Dollar Man” once laughed about in pure truth, “Everybody’s got a price!” There’s a strong chance that Ronda would leapfrog over other WWE superstars when it comes to pocketing cash. It’s well known that known celebrities have gotten paid millions to show up to the WWE over the years. Now, there’s a worldwide icon that captured the interest of millions and actually wants to associate themselves with the company. Can you say “$$$$?” I’m sure if Stephanie, Vince, Triple H, or Shane were to present a large offer to Ronda she’d have a very hard time saying no.
1 She Would Most Likely Headline a WrestleMania
There’s a strong possibility that Ronda Rousey could be so successful in the WWE that she could be the first woman to headline a WrestleMania, something that many feel would never happen. And no, I’m not talking about being one of the “featured” cards that he WWE like to call one of the “main events.” I’m talking about Ronda in a championship match with a Charlotte, Becky Lynch, Bayley, or Sasha featured as the last match on the card. This is something that would be unprecedented in the WWE and sports in general. The WWE would make headlines for having women in the main event of their biggest show and having a star as big as Ronda shine as big as she can. Not only would this put a stamp on the WWE’s much publicized “Diva’s Revolution” it would cement the rise of the talents involved. There’s no doubt that the fans would be into it and the energy would be absolutely insane.
Sources: espn.com, foxsports.com
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