Ronda Rousey’s WWE Future
With Ronda Rousey being an invited guest to the Mae Young Classic, one wonders what WWE plans to do with one of the biggest female fighters in the world of MMA today.
Former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey first appeared in a WWE ring at Wrestlemania 31, in a segment with the Rock, Triple H and Stephanie McMahon. Since then, it has been clear that WWE and Rousey was one for the future, but it hasn’t happened yet. If Rousey were to join the WWE, she could be the female equivalent of Brock Lesnar. This has been teased since Summerslam 2014, when Rousey and MMA friends were ringside. She was later interviewed backstage, and was asked if she could also crossover into wrestling like Lesnar. Her reply? “You never know”.
Completely dominant, it would be no surprise if she were to be this generation’s version of Chyna (RIP). Perhaps she, like the 9th Wonder of the World, could also face men in the ring, although WWE has been careful to avoid mixed gender matches in recent years. This of course did not stop Rousey from hip tossing Hunter at the greatest spectacle of them all two years ago.
Personally, I think there is something bigger at play. Rousey herself has lost some of her shine since her losses to Holly Holm (her first ever UFC loss) and then in her return match to Amanda Nunes. However let’s not kid ourselves, she is still a legitimate bad ass. I certainly wouldn’t want to mess with her. It is my opinion that this all ties into the Mae Young Classic, and the appearance of Shayna Baszler in that tournament. Baszler and Rousey, along with fellow MMA athletes Jessamyn Duke and Marina Shafir, form part of a “UFC Four Horsewomen”. This, of course, is a homage to the NWA stable featuring Ric Flair and Arn Anderson. Baszler’s appearance at the tournment led to a face-off with the current WWE equivalent Four Horsewomen. This consists of Becky Lynch, Sasha Banks, Bailey, and of course Charlotte Flair. In my opinion, this face off will lead to a Survivor Series match between the two Horsewomen stables.
The appeal of crossover is something which is not new (think Marvel’s Civil War or DC’s Batman vs Superman) but it is hot just now like never before. With McGregor v Mayweather set to fight in August, it would be no surprise if WWE continued with their own crossover with UFC, and had the UFC Horsewomen v WWE Horsewomen at Survivor Series in November. I think ultimately WWE would prevail, but the involvement here of the UFC ladies further legitimises Women’s wrestling, and continues the Women’s Revolution that has been on a roll in recent years.