On January 28th, one woman single handily made WWE more relevant than it has been in quite some time.
Ronda Rousey made her highly anticipated debut after the woman’s Royal Rumble match. While internet smarks were highly critical that she should have been in the actual match, WWE made the right call with her appearing afterwards.
She’s the missing piece in the so-called “Woman’s Revolution.”
I’ll admit, I had a good laugh when Rousey pointed not once, but twice, at the WrestleMania sign. It was a little awkward with her not saying anything, but she really didn’t have to. Everyone already knows who she is and her resume.
Don’t expect Rousey to show up on WWE television for another month or so, but when she does, it’s going to be a big deal. She is undoubtedly one of, if not the greatest, woman’s MMA fighter in the sport’s history. Having her face off with some of the best talent WWE has ever had really can’t go wrong booking-wise.
Whether her first match is the rumored mixed tag with her and a mystery partner facing off against Triple H and Stephanie McMahon, or something completely different, you bet your ass it will be one of the most watched WrestleMania matches ever. Not only will you get the diehard WWE fans, you’ll attract casual fans as well just to see Rousey. You’ll even get the UFC fans who don’t give a shit about WWE tuning in JUST FOR ROUSEY.
And it’s not going to stop at WrestleMania.
If Rousey is true to her word claiming that WWE is now her life, upcoming bouts against the likes of Asuka, Charlotte Flair and Alexa Bliss are going to lure eyeballs. Bringing in “Rowdy” Ronda is one of the smartest things WWE has ever done. With their television ratings going down and a potential move away from the USA network on the horizon, WWE had to make a power move and this was definitely it.
Will she be performing on live events? Most likely not.
Will she be on television each week? Give it a few months and that will be a reality.
Will she eventually be a WWE Champion? I’ll bet my right arm locked in one of her signature armbars on it.