WrestleMania 31 was a huge hit, and one of the biggest segments on the show included UFC Women’s Bantamweight Champion Ronda Rousey. She appeared in the ring during a segment with The Rock as he confronted The Authority’s Triple H and Stephanie McMahon. This sent huge rumors around the ‘net speculating that both Rock and Ronda would compete against Triple H and Stephanie next year.
UFC heard about these rumors and shot them down quickly, however that didn’t stop internal talks within WWE.
Ronda Rousey is the baddest girl on the planet and UFC’s top draw. So having her on WrestleMania was clearly a move that helped both Ronda and UFC out. Now however, WWE is trying to bring in the Rousey love and have her at WrestleMania 32 in a bit of a different match than we imagined.
According to The Wrestling Observer, WWE wants to use the confrontation with Stephanie McMahon and Ronda Rousey to set up a singles match with the two of them next year. This would allow for Triple H to have something else, potentially a match with The Rock or someone similar. Meanwhile, McMahon would have her time with Ronda where Rousey would most likely get the win.
WWE wanted to have this match at WWE SummerSlam last year, but a lot of things got in the way of it and they simply had the Four Horsewomen dump ice water on Stephanie for charity.
There are a lot of variables involved in this match happening. UFC President Dana White would have to first sign off on Rousey doing the match, which is an uphill battle right away. Additionally, Ronda can’t risk getting injured in any way because it could affect a fight the UFC has scheduled for her to compete in. On top of this, if UFC needs her to compete in a fight around the same time as WrestleMania 32 it would ruin any potential for this match to happen.
Regardless, WWE feels that this match would do quite well for them. It is the best opportunity for success at next year’s show. The problem is that while UFC might have signed off on Rousey doing a segment with Stephanie McMahon and Triple H, it is unlikely they would clear a match. Rousey does have a long career ahead of her, so she could very well be back in a WWE ring in the distant future. For now however, it might be doubtful we see her compete in a WWE ring.
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