Ronda Rousey has gone “rogue” and in the process laid the groundwork for her WWE future — no matter which path she takes.
After turning against the crowd and trampling on kayfabe, Rousey’s character has two clear directions she can go after her WrestleMania triple-threat match with Charlotte Flair and Becky Lynch for the Raw women’s championship at MetLife Stadium on April 7.
If the rumors are true that she may take time off after WrestleMania to start a family, then she can drop the title and step away for awhile because she keeps reminding the audience she doesn’t need this job, tells them she is above it and saying fans should pay $60 bucks to see her put on the armbar. WWE needs her, not the other way around, she says. Lynch has also promised to chase Rousey from WWE. The door is open for an exit.
If Rousey decides to stick around or for when she returns, she can finally link up with friends Shayna Baszler, Jessamyn Duke and Marina Shafir to form a Four Horsewomen of MMA faction to further take things into her own hands and because it’s, “No more Mrs. Nice Bitch.”
The story could allow Rousey to come out of it a bigger attraction than she was before. The unrepentant, physically aggressive Rousey is far more interesting then the one who tried to play nice upon entering WWE. A person with her resume should think she is better than the “fake” wrestlers.
After turning heel two weeks ago, she escalated her assault on the wrestling world a week ago, furthering the story that she is “done pretending”, that she’s “no longer here to entertain you” and she’s no longer WWE’s “dancing monkey.”
“Wrestling is scripted,” Rousey said on her YouTube series “Ronda on the Road.”
“It’s made up. It’s not real. None of those bitches can f—king touch me. The end.”
She has built off that, as well as her her interference at FastLane to ensure Lynch was in the WrestleMania match. Her promo on “Monday Night Raw” this week was arguably the best of her career. Also an “unscripted” Rousey garners media attention and publicity, much like it did at the end her UFC career.
More importantly, the storyline gives WWE a clear way to move forward with Rousey after WrestleMania and putting Lynch over in a bigger way in the process.
Defeating this Rousey physically and mentally — Lynch declared victory in her mind games on “SmackDown Live this week — adds a big piece to the lure of The Man. If she does chase Rousey out of WWE, it builds anticipation for the former UFC women’s bantamweight champion’s return.
The moment of the Four Horsewomen of MMA teaming up in WWE has been alluded to for more than a year, but the stories and experience level of the four finally lineup. Baszler, who is a fantastic heel, is already a two-time NXT women’s champion. She can lose it at NXT TakeOver: New York in her fatal-four-way match and either join Rousey or replace her on “Monday Night Raw” the day after WrestleMania with Duke and Shafir, who are also wrestling for NXT.
The group would instantly be a threat to Lynch and tag champions Sasha Banks and Bayley. Then maybe Flair becomes the “hard-to-convince Dean Ambrose” portion of the group when it’s time for a true Four Horsewomen battle. It’s one of the more dramatic ways WWE can take this story.
Like what Rousey is doing or not, upset or happy with direction she’s taking the WrestleMania story, it all appears to have a long-term purpose. If played correctly, Rousey’s character — as well as Lynch’s — will be better off for it.