Ronda Rousey's Post-WrestleMania Plans, Fandango Update, Ryback in WWE Roundup

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured ColumnistMarch 6, 2019

Pro wrestler Ronda Rousey arrives at the first-ever WWE Emmy For Your Consideration event at the TV Academy  Saban Media Center, in North Hollywood (near Los Angeles), on June 6, 2018 (Photo by VALERIE MACON / AFP)        (Photo credit should read VALERIE MACON/AFP/Getty Images)

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Ronda Rousey Not Advertised at WWE Events Past WrestleMania

In an interview with ESPN.com's Ramona Shelburne, Ronda Rousey declined to entertain the rumors she might leave WWE for an extended hiatus following WrestleMania 35. 

If the company's promotional strategy is any indication, the former UFC star will be out the door after the marquee event.

According to Wrestling Inc's Raj Giri, Rousey is advertised to appear at all of the remaining Raws leading up to The Showcase of the Immortals. However, her last advertised appearance is the April 8 edition of the red brand, which is the night after WrestleMania.

Cards are always subject to change in wrestling, and WWE may be intentionally omitting the Raw women's champion from its future events in order to keep fans guessing.

But the company has used the post-WrestleMania Raw as a way to write Brock Lesnar off of television for months at a time.

WWE could go back to that well as a way to explain Rousey's departure.


Fandango Opens Up About His Goals Ahead of In-Ring Return

For the most part, Fandango has been a comedy act in WWE. First, he was a ballroom dancer who didn't want to actually wrestle because announcers couldn't properly say his name. Then he became one half of The Fashion Police with Tyler Breeze.

In both instances, Fandango made the characters work, but comedy often only gets a wrestler so far in WWE.

Fandango revealed in an interview on the WWE Performance Center's YouTube channel he has much higher aims when he steps back inside the ring.

Wrestling Inc's Joshua Gagnon provided a transcription of his comments:

"2019, you know—I was watching some of my old matches, and I like doing the comedy stuff in the ring, but I think I'd like to have some more serious matches. Dusty [Rhodes] would always tell us, 'It's your body of work' and I've checked the comedy box off on my body of work. And I'm proud of a lot of the cool vignettes we've done, promos, and being able to show personality, something I didn't have a lot of 10 or 15 years ago when I was wrestling because I was intimidated by the camera."

At 37, Fandango isn't a young up-and-comer in the WWE ranks, but there's still time for him to change the general narrative of his career.


Ryback Gives Advice to Big E

Particularly in the 1980s, WWE was considered the "land of the giants" because of the muscular physiques of the promotion's top stars.

Ryback apparently believes that moniker remains true. The former intercontinental champion tweeted at Big E, calling him "the last big guy around."

The Big Guy @Ryback22

@WWEBigE I’m disappointed you let Kofi get the spot closer to the camera. You’re the last big guy around, Rusev went Keto or something and wants abs and shredded glutes. Don’t ever lose that front spot E, ever...

Rusev couldn't help but respond to the veiled shot Ryback took at him in the tweet.

All Might Big Rus @RusevBUL

And I’m still waiting on the package you promised Ryback Protein Feed me More. https://t.co/10GwbDW6ea

Considering his WWE run could justifiably be deemed a disappointment and Big E is still going strong, Ryback may not be the best guy to offer any pointers.