At one time, Ronda Rousey was rumored to team up with the Rock and face Triple H and Stephanie McMahon at WrestleMania 32. It was surrounded by money, controversy, and cross-promotion between the WWE and UFC. Once Dana White stated that Rousey wouldn’t show up at WrestleMania, the plans were nixed and injuries began to pile up. At this time, Triple H is rumored to take on Roman Reigns in the main event of WrestleMania 32 for the WWE championship.
White’s emphatic claim about Rousey came before her unbelievable loss to Holly Holm. She lost her UFC championship and lost for the first time in her professional MMA career. Following that loss came a time of silence from the professional fighter. Now, she’s back in the public eye and deserves a rematch against Holm. That’s not quite the case right now.
Holm will face Miesha Tate at UFC 197 for the UFC Women’s Bantamweight championship. This forced Dana White to announce she’s not fighting at UFC 200. Next to UFC 100, it’s the biggest night in the sports history. Since Rousey isn’t training for a fight at the moment, a spot at WrestleMania 32 isn’t out of the realm of possibility.
This is where it gets interesting. In the last 24 hours, one of the WWE’s top performers took to Twitter and announced that she’s training for WrestleMania 32. Stephanie McMahon is that top performer.
— Stephanie McMahon (@StephMcMahon) January 14, 2016
What could this possibly entail about her involvement at WrestleMania? She’s just not training for it to simply make an announcement of some kind. It’s fair to believe she’s training for a match. Just like the Daily Wrestling Newspoints out, McMahon is training for a purpose.
“At one point, WWE wanted Stephanie to do something with Ronda Rousey at WrestleMania 32 but Rousey’s status is still up in the air. It was believed she would not be appearing but if she did, she likely would not wrestle.
Stephanie’s last match came at SummerSlam 2014, win over Brie Bella.”
It’s been a wild week for McMahon, as she was also announced as Variety’s “30 Digital Entertainment Executives to Watch In 2016” list.
This is an excerpt on her selection.
“When she’s not playing a villain in the ring at WWE events or on shows, McMahon allows her real self to peek through — as a driven executive who’s helped to create a massive multiplatform footprint for her family-operated sports entertainment company. With its online WWE Network at 1.3 million subscribers, and a social media reach of 550 million followers, WWE plans to be everywhere for optimum fan engagement.”
The stars are beginning to align for McMahon to face off against Ronda Rousey at WrestleMania 32. Since Triple H isn’t in the fold at this time, it will be Rousey’s time to shine in a singles’ match. Then again, nothing is official, and the rumors of those two having a match weren’t rumored on any website. It just sounds like this is the path the WWE is taking.
They need star power, and in the worst way. Daniel Bryan may not be ready. John Cena, Randy Orton, Seth Rollins, and Cesaro are injured and won’t make the pay-per-view. Names are necessary if the WWE wants to draw fans and sell-out AT&T Stadium in Dallas. By not even trying to get Rousey to wrestle, it will be a wasted opportunity.
Vince McMahon knows money when he sees it. WWE fans may believe he’s out of touch, but his business sense is still strong. Despite her loss to Holm, Rousey still sells. The WWE’s biggest heel against the country’s biggest face at that capacity would draw.
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