Ronda Rousey's Best Potential WWE Dream Matches for WrestleMania 32
WrestleMania 32 won't feel as massive if Ronda Rousey isn't there invading the WWE world and wrenching someone's arm backward.
WWE teased at the possibility of Rousey stepping into the ring when she and The Rock teamed up to embarrass The Authority at WrestleMania 31. That bit of foreshadowing points to one possible dream matchup to welcome the dominant MMA star for another one-off appearance.
The company's options include having her face one of NXT's best, having the UFC bantamweight champion bring along some friends or allowing Rousey to go up against the best mat worker in the Divas division today.
If WWE does land Rousey for next year's WrestleMania, it has to consider star power and the potential of the in-ring action when choosing an opponent. Maximizing Rousey's impact on the roster is key as well. The company has to be smart with whom it pairs her with; she may only be providing a single dream match.
5. Ronda Rousey vs. Natalya
Purist fans will cast their vote for this option. In terms of in-ring quality, having Natalya take on Ronda Rousey is one of the best options WWE has in front of it.
Natalya is the Divas division's ring general. She's an excellent mat wrestler, highly experienced and gives Rousey a great shot of having her first time on a WWE stage be a classic.
The way the company has booked Natalya hurts the appeal of this bout, though.
Natalya has been treated like a midcarder and an add-on to the Cesaro and Tyson Kidd pairing. She offers the least amount of star power on this list. It makes more sense for Rousey to take on a bigger name and a top star at WrestleMania 32.
Still, Nattie is one of the few women on the roster who can believably hold her own in a grappling session with Rousey. Lack of glitz aside, this has excellence written all over it.
4. The Four Horsewomen vs. Paige, Natalya, Sasha Banks and Charlotte
Ronda Rousey has dubbed her MMA crew "The Four Horsewomen" in honor of the Hall of Fame pro wrestling faction.
Marina Shafir, Shayna Baszler and Jessamyn Duke make up the rest of the posse. As talented as those women are, none of them have the name power that Rousey does. Even so, there is plenty of appeal to a UFC angle headed by Rousey.
Standing in these fighters' way would be WWE's best female wrestlers.
Having NXT's best (as well as the young, promising Paige) feature so prominently in the mix would be huge for the Divas division down the road. This would be a massive match, one sure to get plenty of mainstream attention. That gives Sasha Banks and company a great opportunity to kick-start the WWE women's scene.
Involving four non-WWE performers hurts the potential quality of the match, but it also allows each women to have to do less. They can share the burden in a match bursting with a variety of personalities.
More prominent names and bouts more destined to be classics are more appealing, though.
3. The Rock and Ronda Rousey vs. Triple H and Stephanie McMahon
The match WWE teased at WrestleMania 31 has ample electricity.
It would feature a surplus of star power, especially considering the fact that The Rock hasn't performed at the last two WrestleManias. The storyline would be easy to build on as well. WWE simply has to let what occurred at Levi's Stadium continue.
Ronda Rousey in a singles match against Stephanie McMahon would be a big draw as well, but this is assured to be better quality. Fans not only get to see The Rock and Triple H dive back into their rivalry, but Rousey could get physical with Triple H as well, as she did at WrestleMania 31.
As great of a storyteller as McMahon is, it's hard to buy into her being able to do anything in the ring against Rousey. The clash would either lean toward being too silly or too simple. McMahon isn't a wrestler; she can't be the ring general here.
Those issues are why the dream matches for Rousey are against women who don't have as much notoriety as McMahon but could hang with the UFC champ come WrestleMania.
2. Ronda Rousey vs. Charlotte
WWE could transform Charlotte's career and elevate the Divas division by having her be the one to take on Ronda Rousey.
Charlotte is less experienced than Natalya and not as polished in the ring as Sasha Banks, but there is a lot to work with here. For one, Charlotte is taller than those women, making her a more believable threat. WWE can also work in a Ric Flair connection, perhaps building this around the fact that Charlotte feels that The Four Horsewomen nickname is disrespectful to her father.
The company can be confident that this match will be spectacular.
Charlotte has come through in big-match situations time and time again. Against Bayley, Banks and Natalya, she has delivered at NXT's biggest shows. Allowing that trend to continue on a bigger stage is a smart move.
It would take some work, though, to have Charlotte go from NXT to WrestleMania in such a short time. Diehard fans know her, but the casual fan doesn't yet. That's the biggest reason that Paige is an even better option than The Nature Girl.
1. Ronda Rousey vs. Paige
If WWE is going to open the doors for UFC's most dominant female competitor, it makes perfect sense that the company would pit her against its own resident badass.
Paige is the most believable threat to Ronda Rousey that WWE has to offer. She's tough, powerful and frequently nasty in the ring.
The action between them promises to be really good. Paige thrives when the aggression is amped up, when she's stomping on people's hair or flinging them into the barricade. That's perfect for facing a beast like Rousey.
Paige is not the star that Stephanie McMahon is, but she's more popular that Charlotte and in a more prominent spot on the card than Natalya.
In addition, having her face Rousey gives an emerging star a huge resume-booster. If McMahon takes her on, it does nothing for the future of the division. If Paige holds her own against the UFC star, she can use that to catapult her forward, taking her peers with her.
Built properly, it can be the biggest WWE women's match ever. That's what officials should be shooting for should WWE get the opportunity to showcase Rousey on its own stage.