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Alexandre Dumas once quipped, “Nothing succeeds like success” and this can be seen in the case of “Rowdy” Ronda Rousey, who’s made the transition from MMA star to WWE Superstar look easy. While the #WWE is delighted to have #RondaRousey as their headlining female star, there are some things they’d rather not bring up from the past. Just a few hours from #Wrestlemania , here are 10 Things the WWE would prefer the fans forget about Ronda Rousey!
10. Her UFC Beatdowns:
While Ronda Rousey legitimately earned her reputation as a fearsome MMA fighter due to her quick dispatches of opponents in UFC, Rousey was summarily dispatched by challenger Holly Holm during the seventh title defense of her UFC Women’s Bantamweight Championship. A subsequent title shot against Amanda Nunes on December 30, 2016 led to Rousey losing by TKO after just 48 seconds. Like Brock Lesnar, the WWE has spent considerable time and money building Rousey up as a legitimate bad-ass, and like Lesnar, her later MMA days don’t back this up.
9. Her PG-13 Behavior Outside the Ring:
8. “Snappers McCreepy”:
7. Her Personal Demons:
While the WWE is full of situations of wrestlers who have successfully battled personal demons, either before becoming WWE Superstars or during their WWE careers, the company can still get skittish about mentioning a performer’s past problems unless they decide to spin it in the company agenda. In Ronda Rousey’s case, after the 2008 Olympics, she went through a rough patch where by one account […]
6. Her Promos Are Pretty Bad:
Although Ronda’s improved by leaps and bounds in the ring, her promo work hasn’t been anywhere near as good. It’s difficult to put a finger on why she struggles with promos as she’s made plenty of TV appearances and starred in several films. […]
5. Her Phony On-Screen Friendship with Natalya:
Although Natalya is an underrated veteran performer, her on-screen friendship with Ronda Rousey served no purpose other than to have Rousey’s opponents beat her up before upcoming matches against “The Baddest Woman on the Planet.” Some fans felt Rousey’s friendship with the daughter of Hart Foundation icon Jim “The Anvil” Neidhart just wasn’t plausible and many were waiting for what seemed like an inevitable heel turn by Natalya. […]
4. The WWE Has Fed Too Many Opponents to Her:
It’s common for wrestlers who get a strong push to get a number of victories over established stars, but the WWE’s push of Ronda Rousey has made little sense. For example, Rousey’s recent RAW Women’s Championship defense against Ruby Riott had little build-up and while Riott isn’t a curtain-jerker, she’s not the first person fans think of for a number one contender. Like Brock Lesnar, Rousey’s monster push isn’t going to do much if no one beats her and gets the rub, nor will it help the wrestlers who looked like cannon fodder for her. In a perfect world, the WWE would have had a better plan for Rousey’s path to the championship and the Road to WrestleMania XXXV.
3. The WWE Universe Forced Her to Turn Heel:
It should go without saying that Ronda Rousey would have turned heel at some point in her WWE career, but the WWE Universe’s negative reaction to her forced the promotion to turn her heel long before they intended. Becky Lynch’s heel turn got her so over that the WWE Universe began cheering her and booing babyface Ronda Rousey, a tricky situation for a company that still likes to have babyfaces battle heels rather than face vs. face or heel vs. heel bouts. Lynch’s antihero act was just too cool for fans to boo her, hearkening back to the early days of “Stone Cold” Steve Austin’s heel run where the fans fell in love with his take-no-prisoners approach to promos and grappling.
2. Her White-Hot Feud with Becky Lynch Was Largely by Happenstance:
The WWE Universe is enjoying one of its hottest programs right now with the Triple Threat match between Ronda Rousey, Charlotte Flair, and Becky Lynch looking to be the first time a women’s match headlines WrestleMania. While Rousey has progressed in the ring, she owes the popularity of the program to Becky Lynch and an accident that sidelined Lynch from their scheduled match last November at Survivor Series […]
1. Rousey Could Leave the WWE in a Heartbeat:
Ask Ronda Rousey about her childhood and it’s clear that she adored the WWF growing up. Whether it was her getting a Hulk Hogan Wrestling Buddy to throw down with or listening to WWF Superstars’ theme music on her video game console, Rousey loved the WWF. This continued when she sought WWE legend “Rowdy” Roddy Piper’s permission to adopt his nickname and when she formed an MMA faction “The Four Horsewomen” […]
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