When former Judo and UFC champion Ronda Rousey appeared at Wrestlemania 31 in 2015, few could’ve predicted she would end up with the career she’s had with the WWE.
Debuting on April 8th 2018, Rousey impressed fans with what some refer to as the best match from Wrestlemania 34. In that match, she teamed with Kurt Angle to take on Triple H and Stephanie McMahon.
Whilst for the most part she’s been well received, there has been a lot of hatred towards her too.
Much like when Rey Mysterio entered the Royal Rumble when fans wanted Daniel Bryan, it seems these days a lot of people are booing Ronda because she’s not Becky Lynch.
It’s understandable, you want your favourite on top, but don’t count her out completely.
What Ronda brings to the table is something only really seen in NXT, with fellow Horsewoman Shayna Baszler. Ruthless athleticism.
The whole point of the women’s evolution was to show that they can do exactly what the men can do, if not better. They can whoop a dudes ass and they can main event, even steal a show.
Ronda is a legitimate badass. This likely comes from her genuine fighting background, something that transitions rather well in the WWE style. Despite her lack of promo ability, Ronda still has a tonne of charisma, which combined with her athleticism makes for an instant superstar.
She’s everything the women’s division needs. In only one year she’s had more memorable matches than most of the roster, which isn’t at all to say the other women suck, but more a credit to Rousey as a top performer.
So why isn’t she catching on? Well because others are gaining more traction. Those who had been there with an already established fan base.
Had Ronda had a year in NXT, or even just low level matches on WWE TV, maybe it would’ve worked better. Maybe if they’d waited a year and pushed Becky Lynch first. Of course that’s not how it happened and now it seems her work has been undermined.
Although underappreciated now, when Ronda Rousey inevitably rides off into the sunset (rumoured to be after Wrestlemania), us wrestling fans will look back and go “wow, she really raised the bar. I wish she’d come back”.
Athletically superior, charismatic, an inspiration to the kids and anyone she faces instantly seems tougher when they gain the upper hand. Ronda is a treasure and in my opinion, the right woman at the wrong time.
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