WWE: No Women’s Wrestler Should Be Upset By The Presence Of Ronda Rousey
I’ve been a big critic of Ronda Rousey. Her foray into professional wrestling isn’t some publicity stunt, though. I respect that, as she’s genuinely excited to be with the WWE. Take what Rousey said to Ramona Shelburne via a story written by ESPN’s, Tim Fiorvanti, as the commitment she expects to bring to the WWE.
“This is my life now. First priority on my timeline for the next several years. This is not a smash-and-grab; this is not a publicity stunt. When I first met with Triple H, I told him, ‘There are other things I can do with my time that’ll make way more money but I won’t enjoy nearly as much.'”
There are some women wrestlers in the WWE that aren’t as stoked about her joining the women’s division. To have her just skip NXT and jump right to the front of the line for a title shot. For her to close out Royal Rumble after a sensational first ever Women’s Rumble, doesn’t sit well with some.
Still, for as big of a critic that I’ve been of Rousey, I can’t see why anyone in the WWE would be upset of her being with the company. Let’s face it, if it weren’t for Rousey breaking PPV records at UFC, these women on the WWE roster now wouldn’t be anywhere near as successful. Rousey was the trailblazer of the new women’s movement in sports.
Of course, Rousey isn’t trained in the art of pro wrestling, but that’s not an issue. Thus, she’s the biggest draw the WWE could have. Moreover, her in-ring skills can develop. Additionally, the amount of media attention this would bring the WWE is massive. Her in-ring work doesn’t have to be spectacular, seeing as she’s already so over with the casual fan.
People know who Ronda Rousey is. You can’t say the same for half of the women’s roster on WWE TV. Fact Is, the more people who watch Rousey on RAW or Smackdown, the more attention the women of the shows get. Hence, it’s puzzling that some of them can’t realize that. Instead, they’ll just bitch and moan because someone who’s done more for the women’s sports movement than they ever have gets pushed to the top.
What is equally important is that this isn’t some publicity stunt. Indeed, Ronda Rousey genuinely wants to wrestle. I’ve said I’m her biggest critic, and after hearing her thoughts on the business and signing a full-time deal, my tune has changed. She’s the name WWE needs to spearhead this movement. With her, they’ve got the world in their hands. And that’s exactly what the WWE, and rest of the women’s locker room, should want.Follow @DGentleman9288