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The wrestling world was stunned on Thursday when Dave Meltzer in his Wrestling Observer Newsletter reported that Ronda Rousey was returning to WrestleMania 35 with WWE Then she turned her attention to starting a family with her husband, UFC rival Travis Browne.
Later that day, TMZ Sports reported that Rousey was nowhere to go, that she was under contract until April 2021
In any case, it seems that for some time the WWE would get along without its biggest star and generate these burning questions after the blockbuster report
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] Since her arrival in WWE in January 2018 Ronda Rousey positioned as the face of female wrestling on Raw. She has defeated everyone from Alexa Bliss to Nia Jax, from Natalya to Ruby Riott to make sure that the WWE Universe no doubt knows she is the top star in the women's section of the flagship.
If Dave Meltzer's report proves the two are more accurate and Rousey is indeed done with WWE, the company has the unfortunate task of rebuilding its division and making someone its top star.
Sasha Banks would be the obvious choice given her story high-profile fighting. Being heated up just as Rousey's break / departure approaches is a sign that WWE Creative may recognize this. Your tag team partner Bayley is another solid option, but she feels like a sidekick after years of secondary treatment.
Then there's Alexa Bliss, who was the heart of the division before Rousey came. She has the experience to fill this role.
WWE may call an NXT talent like Shayna Baszler.
The Queen of Spades would be a logical choice to replace her real beast and continue the routine of legitimate bad watery Monday night.
Whatever the case, even if Rousey steps away and comes back later, WWE Creative will have to anoint somebody who takes over the center of the division in her absence. There are options, and though not as busy as Rousey, they can carry the division in their absence.
The arrival of the Women & # 39; s Tag Team Championships could help.
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WWE scored a record Television is offering this summer from FOX and USA Network, partly because its content is king and the company produces a ton of it, but also because in the past it has high-ranking names like Ronda Rousey puts on.
The UFC Hall of Famer was undoubtedly an attractive piece of the WWE package.
If she leaves or pauses for a while and does not show up on Raw or SmackDown Live, the relationship between WWE and her television partners may not start well. Especially if it was concluded with the expectation that the current Raw Women's Champion would be prominently represented.
WWE has its money, SmackDown's move to FOX will arrive, and Raw will continue to call the US home, but one has to wonder whether future negotiations will lead to significant decisions being hampered by the loss of a well-known name like Rousey.
If she actually leaves the company for a long time.
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Rousey has silenced critics who have appeared in almost every episode of WWE Raw since their arrival a year ago. She did not choose the part-time approach and treated the show every week as if it were important in that she shows up and even competes more often than one would expect from her star. When she starts a family with husband Travis Browne, she turns Ask if she remains a full-time member in the company's list or if she will join John Cena, The Rock and The Undertaker if she appears only on the most important shows schedule allows.
On the one hand, each of her appearances feels more special. Games at SummerSlam, Survivor Series, Royal Rumble and WrestleMania would have been more meaningful and even more expectant than they currently are.
On the other hand, the creative team creates a huge void and no comparable star power to do so at this time.
With Roman Reigns already out and injuries like Braun Strowman affected, WWE Creative should be thinking about the potential depth of true stars in a potential absence / departure from Rousey.
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The women's revolution existed before Ronda Rousey, but their arrival has reached a new level. It routinely executes the Raw headlines that appear in promo segments in the last part of the night. She stepped in and took the opportunity to lift women's wrestling to new heights, and that's what she did.
Yes, Becky Lynch and Charlotte Flair are hot right now and can do more than steal the show. They can be the faces of women's wrestling and continue their upward movement, but without Rousey, can they really take it to a new level?
Did they have the star power or even a consistent creative team behind them to ensure the continued growth of the department?
For all the hard (and deserving) criticisms that the writing team has on the other side, Rousey has done a masterful job using Rousey to their strengths and creating matches and stories that really interest fans , Would it be so important to pump away the quality of history, feuds, and television for someone who is not you?
Given the disagreements within the department prior to their arrival, this is a fair question.