Ronda Rousey gave WWE hard date that she needs to be out, and it appears that the company is moving closer to that time. Ronda Rousey can’t be around forever, but at least she is getting the program she wanted.
Shayna Baszler turned on Ronda Rousey at Money in the Bank, but that heel turn resulted in a babyface run for the Queen of Spades. Rousey was booed in a big way as Baszler cut her down during her promo on RAW.
The Wrestling Observer Newseltter broke down a timeline of events for Ronda Rousey and Shayna Baszler. Although things are going as planned, WWE still needed to rush those plans along.
The match was really a backdrop for Baszler’s turn on Rousey. It was clearly a heel style turn, but the decision was made, clearly from television, to have Baszler be the babyface, with the idea she had to pay her dues, work in front of 30 people, set up rings and such while Rousey walked in and her first match was at WrestleMania. It’s playing on the idea that Rousey didn’t deserve to be pushed in WWE, even though nobody ever did more to help women’s wrestling and fighting than Rousey in the big picture.
The Rousey & Baszler tag team was always put together for the storyline is a break-up and a feud. That dated back to when Rousey made the call of when she was leaving. It’s not known the date, whether it’s right after SummerSlam or they’ll take the program longer. But Rousey gave the office a finishing date of this run, and asked to be put in a tag team with Baszler and to feud with her. Baszler helped Rousey greatly, and really taught her a lot about pro wrestling when the two lived together and would watch wrestling together, and attend shows together like at PWG.
So Rousey wanted to pay her back by giving her a program that she otherwise wasn’t going to get. Between Rousey’s injury and other changes with the office being slow to get it started, they had no time to really establish them as tag champs or do the traditional slow build that was the original idea. The idea was to give them a lengthy reign and then do the split, but that didn’t work out.
Although it is unknown when Ronda Rousey will take off from WWE once again, it is apparent that she will battle her old friend in the meantime. Only time will tell if Ronda Rousey gives Shayna Baszler a big rub by losing to her in the end.
WWE certainly made the most out of having Ronda Rousey around. Also, giving her the feud she wants on her way out is also a good way to make sure she comes back eventually.
Ronda Rousey did a lot in WWE, but did she really move the needle? Sound off in the comments to let us know what you’re thinking!