We’re a year out from WrestleMania 35 at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey, but the WWE is already hinting at one of its potentially headlining matches.
In the latest installment of the WWE YouTube Series “List This!” the company gave a list of five matches they believe fans want to see at the biggest annual show of the year.
The list included a return of WWE Hall of Famer Bill Goldberg for one final match (potentially Braun Strowman), Daniel Bryan getting a shot to become WWE Champion again, Paul Heyman joining the WWE Hall of Fame Class of 2019 and Batista returning to the company to avenge his previous two WrestleMania outings at WrestleMania XXVI and WrestleMania XXX.
But the most notable idea presented in the video was former UFC Champion Ronda Rousey taking on Charlotte Flair.
“Ronda Rousey has made her mark in the WWE ring,” the voiceover said. “She wasted no time in setting the tone for her sports entertainment career at WrestleMania 34 when she teamed alongside Kurt Angle against Stephanie McMahon and Triple H. But who’s next for “Rowdy Ronda” on the grandest stage of them all? How about Charlotte Flair? The Queen has proven to be the gold standard of the WWE’s women’s division. What would happen if these two Superstars collided?”
The segment ended with a graphic of Rousey and Flair, so it appears the idea for the match is at least being floated around.
Ronda Rousey is already nearing the top of the mountain in WWE, but she said Tuesday that having children in the near future is on her radar.
When TMZ Sports asked about her desire to have kids, Rousey responded, “Soon, someday soon, but I don’t know yet.”
Rousey has been married to UFC heavyweight Travis Browne since August 2017.
While Rousey is a successful former MMA fighter with a 12-2 record and a UFC Women’s Bantamweight title reign to her credit, she is making waves in professional wrestling.
The 31-year-old made her in-ring debut at WrestleMania 34 in April when she teamed with Kurt Angle to beat Triple H and Stephanie McMahon.
On Monday at the NBC upfront presentation, Rousey accepted a challenge from Raw women’s champion Nia Jax for a title match at the Money in the Bank pay-per-view June 17.
The bout will mark both Rousey’s first singles match and first title match in WWE.
While Rousey is already considered a top wrestling star thanks to her crossover appeal, there is plenty left for her accomplish based on the limitless potential she has already shown as an in-ring performer.
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On Wednesday, Rousey made her live event debut when she teamed up with Natalya against Mickie James and Liv Morgan in Geneva, Switzerland. Working the hot tag, Rousey exploded into the ring and made quick work of her foes.
It’s good to see Rousey back in action as her electric WrestleMania 34 appearance left us clamoring for more.
We’ll likely get a few more clips of her in action as WWE’s European tour wraps up, but her next televised match likely won’t happen until the June 17 Money in the Bank match. WWE announced this week that Rousey will take on RAW Women’s Champion, Nia Jax as she vies to earn her first ever WWE title.
While Ronda Rousey only has a single WWE pay-per-view performance to her record, the former UFC women’s bantamweight champion has already been called out by the reigning WWE Raw Women’s Champion.
Ronda Rousey has successfully made the transition into the world of professional wrestling, after having not competed inside the octagon since 2016. Rousey made her big WWE PPV debut at WrestleMania 34, having taken out Triple H and Stephanie McMahon in a tag team match up with Kurt Angle.
Rousey has made multiple appearances on Monday Night Raw throughout her tenure with the WWE, but it would appear that the Olympic Judoka medalist is now being called out for a match against Nia Jax.
Reigning Raw Women’s Champion Nia Jax recently revealed at the NBC Universal Upfront in New York City’s Radio City Music Hall that she wants to put her title on the line in a match up against Rousey at WWE Money in the Bank.
The event will go down June 17 live on the WWE Network.
Ronda Rousey made her in-ring debut last night during WrestleMania 34 in a wildly entertaining match up.
Now that her first outing is being deemed as a success, she is openly talking about her MMA losses for the first time in an interview with ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne.
Many of her detractors were turned off by her inability to be humbled by her defeat to Holly Holm and Amanda Nunes. There’s still a sense that she left the sport as a sore loser and without saying goodbye.
But Rousey is hopeful by how accepting wrestling fans have been and she now sees her defeats as something to grow from positively.
“It was me versus the world in an individual sport,” Rousey said. “I thought I would never say this, but I’m so happy I lost those fights [to Holly Holm and Amanda Nunes] because it led me here. This is so worth it.”
“Everything really does happen for a reason. I’m just so grateful. I thought I never would be [grateful] for [the losses], but time is a great teacher. I’m just really, really glad I gave it time instead of giving up and feeling it was the end of the world. There’s so many people who encounter tragedies who feel like the world and time won’t heal it. But all I can say to those people is: Just give it time, even if you think time can’t heal it. You never know what will happen and where it will lead you. Every missed opportunity is a blessing in disguise. I really believe it now.”
Rousey says she will continue to work hard for her position.
“I underestimated how kind the WWE universe would be. I thought any outsiders would be shunned. I was expecting to get shunned and to have to battle to be accepted. I worked my ass off to pay respect to what’s so important to them, and hopefully they saw that tonight. I’m just so grateful, man. I’m trying my best to deserve it.”
If the world ends tomorrow, you can bet that Ronda Rousey is prepared.
During a discussion with Hollywood director Peter Berg this week at Wildcard West boxing gym in Los Angeles, she revealed that she is a doomsday prepper. “I am a big doomsday prepper,” Rousey said. She added, “I think of it as a very positive outlook on the world. Some people think it is negative. But I think as a self-proclaimed genetic cream of the crop such as I am, I owe it to humanity to survive the end of the world. It’s my responsibility.”
Rousey plans to make it out alive if the world ends during her lifetime. This is not the first time she’s talked about getting ready for the apocalypse.
She talked about it during an appearance on CONAN back in 2016. At the time, she said that she was working on getting a compound with chickens, buffalo, and alpacas.
Check out her 2016 interview on the subject below:
Rousey continues to appear on Raw every week but it seems like WWE is trying to find ways to use her without giving away her next match until a future pay-per-view. She will be working against Mickie James later this month on a few shows during the next tour of the UK and there are hints out there on who she will face for her next big feud. Click here if you want to know more (hint: a heel turn is coming).
Ronda Rousey was Nia Jax’s choice to face her at Money In The Bank but this decision isn’t without a lot of issues.
There are a few landmines that WWE doesn’t want to step on because the booking for this match needs to be done very carefully.
“You put Ronda Rousey in there with Nia Jax this early they could have a terrible match,” Dave Meltzer said on Wrestling Observer Radio. “Nia Jax is coming off a match against Alexa Bliss that was no good and they’re best friends and usually best friends work well together and I know Ronda Rousey is coming off a match that makes her looks better than Alexa Bliss has ever looked in her whole life but there’s a huge experience difference between the two of them.”
“Nia Jax is the wrong opponent, going to the title this early is ridiculous because there’s no chase. So what do you do about a finish? If you put Ronda Rousey over year it’s big news and everything like that but you didn’t even have the chase, you risk the resentment of some fans — the ‘you deserve it’ fans’ because they’ll be like, ‘you gave her the championship ahead of so many other women.’ Even though she’s more famous than all of them”
Therefore although you can never really predict what will happen when it comes to WWE’s booking decisions, with such a valuable asset like Ronda Rousey in the situation things need to be placed in a very careful order because any number of things could go wrong. Let’s just hope WWE has something good up their sleeves in a creative context because the build-up for this match was non-existent.
Source : http://wrestlingnews.co, Wrestling Observer Radio
A change has been made to the planned one-one-one match that was originally supposed to feature Ronda Rousey taking on Mickie James as part of this week’s European tour.
WWE has announced that Rousey will still be competing but it will be a 3 vs. 3 match. She will be teaming with Ember Moon and Natalya. The change may have been made to protect Rousey because WWE might not feel that she is ready for a full-blown singles match-up.
The match at WrestleMania had been rehearsed and carefully choreographed so it would make sense if WWE had some reservations about a singles match so early. Rousey is scheduled to face Nia Jax at next month’s Money In The Bank pay-per-view for the Raw Women’s Championship and she has been added to shows scheduled for August in the UK. WWE did not say who will be the opponents for Natalya, Moon and Rousey.
Footage from Ronda Rousey’s second WWE match has surfaced online. As noted earlier, the original plan was for Rousey to take on Mickie James in a singles match but a late change was made just hours before the show.
Instead of the singles match, fans got to see Rousey teaming with Natalya and Ember Moon. They defeated Mickie James, Liv Morgan, and Ruby Riott.
Rousey wasn’t in the ring for too long but she looked great in the ring and looked credible with all of her spots. She will only get better as she gets ready to challenge Nia Jax for the Raw Women’s Championship at next month’s Money In The Bank pay-per-view. At this point, there should be no doubt that she will end up as one of the best in-ring workers on the roster as she gets more matches under her belt.
Check out the video below from Geneva, Switzerland: