How WWE Can Use Ronda Rousey's Heat to Create Unforgettable Storyline

The Doctor Chris Mueller@@BR_DoctorFeatured ColumnistApril 14, 2020

Credit: WWE.com

Sometimes, WWE stumbles into a storyline that is almost too perfect to pass up. This week, Ronda Rousey may have handed the company a new one on a silver platter.

The former UFC star is no stranger to controversy and she again found herself as the subject of debate after calling professional wrestling fans ungrateful and referring to the business as "Fake fighting."

These comments came during an appearance on the Wild Ride with Steve-O podcast. The funniest part about all of this is that most of the drama is coming from her comments about wrestling being fake, not the part about the WWE Universe being ungrateful.

The interview contains some strong NSFW language, but it's worth hearing what Rousey had to say. Here's a short transcription from the interview from Fox Sports: "I love the WWE. I had such a great time. I love all the girls in the locker room. Running out there and having fake fights for fun is just the best thing."

She is talking about how much she loves WWE and the women in the company, but the two words everybody focused on were "fake fights."

This drew widespread criticism from fans online and even prompted responses from Superstars such as Nia Jax and Alexa Bliss.

🌺 @NiaJaxWWE

I can’t wait for Ronda 2 one day return 2 WWE. Even if WWE orders me to make Ronda look good in the ring, which is the ONLY way for Ronda 2 look good in the ring w/me. I’ll risk my job 2 go down in history as the one from this biz that knocked her the F**K out! #TestMeBitch

Lexi Kaufman @AlexaBliss_WWE

Hm. Was out for almost a year. Must have been “ fake” https://t.co/lnLLAq3laT

Rousey decided to stoke the flames a bit by playing the heel with her responses on Twitter. 

Ronda Rousey @RondaRousey

#kayfabekiller https://t.co/t9sxdeC7DG

Ronda Rousey @RondaRousey

Goodnight #ROWDYONES and jabronie marks without a life that don't know it a work when you work a work and work yourself into a shoot,marks https://t.co/hoif5DEGM8

While these comments may not have been intended to begin a storyline, WWE should take advantage of the situation should the former Raw women's champion decide she wants to return to the ring anytime soon.

Rumors began to swirl about a potential return for Rowdy Ronda after Cain Velasquez posted a recent photo of the two of them at WWE headquarters to his Twitter account.

This week's Raw furthered speculation when Shayna Baszler was asked about her friend's recent comments before her match.

Cain Velasquez @cainmma

Had the pleasure of running into the pioneer that definitely also inspired my interest in the sport. Great to see you @rondarousey. @wwe https://t.co/IipeX4ZK1Y

Either management knows this story is getting attention and wanted to acknowledge it or it is planning for a return angle in the near future.

Asking Baszler about the comments makes sense due to their friendship, but this may also be a sign that a planned feud will finally involve The Four Horsewomen of MMA uniting in a WWE ring.

Marina Shafir and Jessamyn Duke are still in NXT, but WWE has been using a lot of those talents recently to make up for having an incomplete roster at the moment, so using them on Raw wouldn't be a problem.

There are a few directions WWE can take with a storyline like this. It could use it to set up a singles feud for Rousey, but the better option would be using her heat to get other people over.

WWE could book a match like Rousey, Baszler, Duke and Shafir vs. Bliss, Jax and two other Superstars for SummerSlam on August 23. This would give the MMA fighters a chance to win as a group before WWE puts them in the ring with the people everyone wants to see them face.

Charlotte Flair, Bayley, Sasha Banks and Becky Lynch have also been using the Four Horsewomen nickname for years. When Baszler and Bayley fought in NXT, WWE even staged a brief interaction between the two groups:

We have been waiting for years for this storyline to happen. If Rousey returns, WWE will have all eight women on the same roster. With Baszler now on Raw, it makes even more sense to give her and the other Superstars this opportunity.

Rousey has history with Lynch and Flair, while Baszler has history with The Man and Bayley. Tying Banks, Duke and Shafir into this story would be easy due to their established alliances.

After Rowdy Ronda's group wins at SummerSlam, they could face The Four Horsewomen of WWE at Survivor Series in an elimination match. 

This would be a surefire hit as the main event of the pay-per-view. The mainstream media attention Rousey would get combined with the attention the entire wrestling community would be paying to this feud would make this a must-see match.

At this point, the only thing that would get in the way of booking this storyline would be if Rousey decided not to return to the ring. Other than that, WWE has all of the necessary ingredients to make this into one of the biggest matches of the year.


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