Analyzing Pros and Cons of Ronda Rousey Winning 1st WWE Women's Royal Rumble

The Doctor Chris Mueller@@BR_DoctorFeatured ColumnistJanuary 4, 2018

Analyzing Pros and Cons of Ronda Rousey Winning 1st WWE Women's Royal Rumble

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    Ronda Rousey in the crowd at a WWE event.
    Ronda Rousey in the crowd at a WWE event.Credit:

    Rumors of Ronda Rousey heading to WWE have been circulating for years, but it recently became a hot topic again after WWE announced the women's division would get its own Royal Rumble match in 2018.

    According to TMZ, Rousey and WWE have yet to get into serious talks regarding any kind of run with the company as of December 15, but that won't stop fans from theorizing and hypothesizing. 

    Between Raw and SmackDown, WWE has roughly 20 women who can compete in the Rumble match. This leaves 10 open spots for NXT Superstars, legends and celebrities like Rousey.

    While having Rowdy Ronda participate would generate the kind of mainstream media attention WWE loved, it would be yet another moment fans will argue about until their heads explode.

    This article will look at the pros and cons of Rousey potentially winning the first women's Royal Rumble match. 

Pro: Mainstream Media and ESPN

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    Rousey may not be the undefeated Queen of the Octagon anymore, but that doesn't mean she isn't still a major figure in sports and entertainment.

    Whether it's ESPN, TMZ, Good Morning America or any other morning talk show, Rousey is a natural in front of the camera. She is charismatic, funny, confident and knows how to hype an upcoming fight.

    Were she to sign with WWE, even on a temporary basis, the company would be able to get a lot of mileage out of media appearances and interviews with her.

    While pro wrestling has become more mainstream in recent years, it's not the juggernaut it once was. Anything management can do to get more eyes on the product is a good thing, and having Rousey win the first women's Rumble would get tons of coverage from every media outlet.

Con: Taking Away an Opportunity from Someone Else

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    Saying WWE is still undergoing a women's revolution may not apply anymore because the division has cemented itself as an integral part of the company's image.

    There are still plenty of firsts to accomplish, but we no longer need to have conversations about whether or not the women can hang with the men because they have proven they can outshine the guys. 

    We can try to single out specific talents for their contributions to the overall success of the women's revolution, but it was a group effort by the women in the ring and the people backstage to make it work.

    Dozens of female wrestlers between NXT and the main roster deserve to be rewarded for their years of grinding, and giving the first Royal Rumble win to an outsider could be seen as a slap in the face to those Superstars by many fans.

    Every competitor on the roster would love to guarantee themselves a title match at WrestleMania 34. However, their motivation may start to dwindle if the company doesn't use situations like the first women's Rumble to reward them for their hard work. 

Pro: Creating a Dream Match

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    Ever since Rousey appeared in the ring with Triple H, Stephanie McMahon and The Rock at WrestleMania 31, fans have been talking about a potential match for the former UFC champion.

    The WWE Universe is never shy about expressing its differing opinions, but one name comes up as a potential opponent for Rowdy Ronda more than anyone else. 

    Charlotte Flair is arguably the most successful woman on the roster. She is already a six-time champion at the age of 31 and doesn't look like she is going to slow down anytime soon.

    Putting her in the ring with Rousey would be a dream match scenario for millions of fans around the world. It would be guaranteed to sell tickets and get people talking for months before and after the event.

Con: Rousey Isn't a Wrestler

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    The history of pro wrestling is filled with matches featuring athletes and celebrities going back to before WrestleMania was even an idea in Vince McMahon's head.

    Andy Kaufman, Mr. T, Floyd Mayweather, Karl Malone, Dennis Rodman, Stephen Amell, Maria Menounos, Pete Rose and all the NFL players who competed in the Battle Royale at WrestleMania 2 are just some of the major names who have mixed it up with Superstars over the years. 

    Some of these experiments were nothing more than publicity stunts, so the matches were never expected to be anything special, but Rousey isn't just some random celebrity.

    She is considered by many to be the person solely responsible for making women's MMA popular, so people will expect her to be at least somewhat competent in the ring.

    The problem is MMA skills don't always translate to pro wrestling ability. For every Ken Shamrock who found success in both the ring and the Octagon, there's a hundred Dan Severns who failed to make the transition work.

    If Rousey were to come in and have a horrible showing at the Royal Rumble and WrestleMania, it would do her career more harm than good at this point.

What Do You Think?

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    If you are a fan of WWE, Rousey or both, you likely have a strong opinion regarding her possibly winning the first women's Rumble in a few weeks.

    The final word will always go to Vinnie Mac, but he is a businessman who understands the importance of keeping his fans happy. 

    He doesn't do anything the fans won't like unless there is a good reason to do it. It's up to the WWE Universe to let him know if booking Rousey to win the Royal Rumble match is a good idea.

    What do you think? Should Rousey become the first woman to win a Royal Rumble? Sound off in the comment section or hit me up on Twitter (@BR_Doctor) to share your thoughts.


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