At some point we all knew Ronda Rousey would kick the tires on the possibility of joining WWE and challenging for the Divas Title. As soon as she jumped into the ring with The Rock at WrestleMania 31 and handled her business with Triple H and Stephanie McMahon, you could see the almost certainty of dollar signs rolling in the eyes of Vince McMahon as the fans cheered loudly for a new star on the horizon.
Rousey is too dominant an athlete to be a “realistic” champion in WWE. While there are great possibilities of a Rousey/Charlotte confrontation, ultimately, the current MMA star would should just how fake professional wrestling is. Unless she becomes a Chyna-like player on the men’s side of the ledger, this is not a good idea all the way around.
In a story on foxsports.com, Rousey outlines how she wants to be an MMA, boxing and WWE champion – which is pretty ambitious of her. But when you are arguably the biggest draw in UFC, and the talk of a potential jump to Vince McMahon’s world, there is reason for optimism. Personally, I think its career suicide.
“What I’d really like to do — and I don’t know if I’ll have the time and I just want to do so many things, but — I want to be remembered as one of the greatest fighters of all time at any sport,” Rousey said during a media day in Los Angeles on Tuesday.
But you know what they say – if you put your mind to it, you can accomplish anything. Rousey has been beating opponents with ease, which actually has become the story. How fast can the current champion beat her opponent, much in the same way Floyd Mayweather, Jr. used to annihilate his victims?
Yes, in both cases, the opponents have become victims to ferocity and timing. Those two demons cannot be taught or avoided.
What happens when Rousey actually gets in a ring with someone like Naomi or Alicia Fox or even one of the Bella Twins? The difference will be so apparent. Brock Lesnar is such a dominating force in the ring, but there are enough athletes on the roster who can match up with him (OK, maybe a few). The amateur wrestling background and his character makeup allow him to get away with size and strength differentials. There are a few peers, and he does a decent job of selling.
Maybe this is another case like Kurt Angle where the company took the Olympic gold medalist and taught him everything to become a successful worker. The transition was a bit slow, but it did pay off.
Yes, it would be disturbing.
I fully expect there to be a match for Rousey at WrestleMania 32 in Dallas. Whether it is in a program with The Rock, who may be an opponent for Triple H, is not known yet. But of course there are always rumors. Rousey’s rough exterior and sneaky sex appeal is the kind of combination McMahon loves and he would certainly make bank on promoting his newest addition.
But what happens when Rousey longs to really beat someone up or missed the idea of short matches, nothing rehearsed and the shorter work schedule? I’m not saying she would automatically dislike her new profession. I just think in this case, Rousey should stay in the sport that made her famous. She might dabble in WWE and boxing, but in the end, UFC is her best option now and her best option in the future.