Rousey taking WWE by storm - 15th September 2018
Rousey clamps a submission hold on Mickey James last week on Monday Night Raw.
She will defend her WWE Raw women's title at this weekend's Hell in a Cell pay-per-view.
has been six months since Ronda Rousey made her pro wrestling debut at Wrestlemania
many fans and pundits expressed reservations over her ability to make the transition
from MMA to WWE, she has won over the most skeptical naysayers since her very
first outing with the company.
considered the most dominant female fighter in history and still billed as the
baddest woman on the planet, the 31-year-old Rousey has seamlessly made
the switch to the wrestling game.
only that, but Rousey has been vocal about her passion for pro wrestling, calling
it a dream job and claiming shes never been so over-stimulated
in her life.
is my life now. First priority on my timeline for the next several years. This
is not a smash-and-grab; this is not a publicity stunt, Rousey told ESPN
of her decision to join WWE. When I first met with Triple H, I told him,
There are other things I can do with my time thatll make way more
money, but I wont enjoy nearly as much.
far, so good. She has proved to be very loyal to the McMahon family, reportedly
signing a multi-year contract that could keep her in WWE until at least Wrestlemania
36 in 2020.
who won her first WWE title last month at Summer Slam by defeating former champ
Alexa Bliss, is obviously headed for much bigger things. And that could include
a Wrestlemania main event next year with Charlotte Flair.
informal survey showed that a majority of readers strongly believe that Rousey
has unlimited potential in the pro wrestling ranks and will continue to be a boon
for WWE business.
Dobrowski of Greenbelt, Md., agrees that she has exceeded expectations.
has done more than anything I could dream of. The real payoff is down the road
after shes established and who she will make. Thats the
critical part. Shes an awesome attraction and a performer and made an incredible
transition. Im just curious what kind of rub, bedsides those she is working
with now, she will give down the road.
Hunter of Washington, D.C., says shes a solid investment for WWE and has
brought legitimate athleticism to the company.
worth the investment and WWE has booked her solidly. While the womens revolution
was healthy on its own, Rousey has brought both a mainstream spotlight and an
injection of athletic realism due to her MMA background, something you also see
in NXT standout Shayna Baszler. Rousey is not only one of my favorite wrestlers
in the womens division, but WWE as a whole.
Simpson of Seneca also believes Rousey is well worth the money.
an investment that will pay off for a decade or more if she wants it to. Shes
a mainstream name, has charisma galore and will turn into a great worker because
she has passion. They are booking her very wisely. Ive heard nothing but
great things about her attitude and work ethic from everyone. Barring injury,
shes going to end up drawing money.
Brian Westcott of Meridian, Idaho: Shes taking her role seriously
and its leading to box office magic. Well worth the time and investment
and it is paying out in dividends.
has already exceeded high expectations. Her real life story is remarkable. What
an amazing spirit and athlete, says Greg Tingle of Sydney, Australia.
Cupp of Lugoff says he respects the fact that shes also working house shows.
on the fence with her winning the title, but she has been a very good investment
in my opinion. She does house shows and works on TV, which I would imagine garners
respect from the locker room but also makes her better at same time. Shes
got the look and feeds off the crowd.
while its no secret that Rousey was recruited for her name value, TJ Jackson
of Goose Creek believes she was worth the investment and compared her to Charlotte
believe her signing was more for mainstream appeal and its working
As far as elevating the division, I dont know how much better it can get.
Its biggest asset, in my opinion, has been Ric Flairs daughter.
special celebrity-type talent such as Rousey must be treated with kid gloves,
and Jim Phillips of Denver likes the way WWE has been bringing her along and not
shes doing well, writes Phillips. I expected it to be a sloppy
and rushed transition, but theyre taking pretty good care of her
The Four Horsewomen face-off was hyped for Survivor Series a little bit in the
news, but I dont see them having time to build that right at this point,
which leaves Rousey out to carry the torch more or less alone if they decide to
give it to her. Itd be better (business) to have her and Bliss work a feud
through the end of the year and trade the title to build for a third rubber match
at Royal Rumble.
Stanley of Stoneville, N.C., sees Rousey as a talented athlete who is willing
to keep learning, and says she is already far ahead of the curve.
has a lot still to learn, but I was told this saying about 20 years ago when I
first started, that the day you stop learning is the day you need to quit, and
I think that goes towards her promos as well. No, they arent polished, but
go back throughout time and watch some of the best in the game
A, Rock, even Triple H and Austin. When they started out, they werent exactly
spitting fire either. It will come with time as long as she keeps
appreciate how hard she is working to adapt, and how much passion she has for
the business. You can honestly tell that she isnt just there for the payday,
which makes me an even bigger fan of her and her work. Counting house shows and
TV, she isnt bad for someone with less than a hundred matches under her
belt. Athletes like her develop fast too; she will get better in a hurry I think.
Thompson of Poplar Bluff, Mo., says Rousey is just scratching the surface.
actually trying. Shes getting better. Shes being helped by the greatest
roster of females ever signed by WWE. Great time to be in that spot. She seems
sincere in developing her character and being believable. Shes got passion.
Shes no Kurt Angle, but she could be.
Worrell of Anaheim, Calif., suggests taking a page out of the old WCW playbook.
need to do her like WCW did Goldberg during his Nitro heyday. Eliminate microphone
time. Talking is not her strong suit. Let her say more with her face. She communicates
much better with her facial expressions. She has this intriguing way of switching
from happy face to neutral face to angry face in world record time. It almost
has a bipolar quality to it.
Smith Wooten of Hanahan agrees.
doing better than I thought, but a little awkward. Also it seems like she could
really unleash but is held back for the show. Must be a whole other mindset than
what shes used to in MMA. Needs to stay off the mic.
Roberts of Salisbury, N.C., says WWE must walk a fine line between strongly pushing
Rousey while not overexposing her.
much of a deal that was made about Lesnar not being on the show, thats really
the only way to keep someone fresh or to seem like a big deal. When
you have three hours of live TV to fill every week, it doesnt take long
before theyre just another one of the wrestlers. She also doesnt have
a long list of credible opponents on Raw. It also doesnt help that most
of the better women wrestlers (on both shows) are babyfaces. I guess time will
done a great job for such little experience. Just hope they dont go the
Goldberg quickie matches route, says Evan Ginzburg of Queens, N.Y.
everyone, though, is a hundred percent sold on Rousey.
is a cash novelty for the WWE and an attempt to push ratings, writes Buddy
Griner of Savannah. If she can ever actually work a match, Ill be
shocked. At this point, if it wasnt for her name, she would
not draw a crowd at a backyard show. Im not a hater
it like it is.
sold on her ability, her matches have been underwhelming, adds Abigail Forschner
of Bowling Green, Ohio. Again, theres name recognition, but Id
rather watch Charlotte or Asuka any day. Legit wrestlers, not a second career.
seriously needs to work on her selling, notes Vincent Hill of Atlanta.
but awkward, writes Thomas Bruff of Nashville.
womens division will do fine, with or without her, opines Jim Goolsby
of Summerville. What she brings to the table is street cred and mainstream
Spencer of Killeen, Texas, also isnt overly impressed thus far.
has a long way to go. I saw a clothesline and hip toss. Thats it.
smile is killing her aura, adds Richard OSullivan of New York.