A WWE return for Ronda Rousey seemingly isn’t out of the question.
Ronda Rousey’s first run with WWE sent a lightning bolt through the women’s division, with the woman herself heavily praised for her skills in the ring. The former UFC star remained undefeated until she was pinned by Becky Lynch in the Triple Threat main event of WrestleMania 35.
This meant that expectations were high when she returned to the ring at the 2022 Royal Rumble, but her big comeback quickly fell flat. Several of Rousey’s matches were punctuated by high-profile botches, her promos were heavily criticised, and fans even called for her to be fired.
By the time she walked away from WWE for a second time, her reputation had taken a battering.
Rousey’s final act in WWE to date was a loss to real-life close friend Shayna Baszler at SummerSlam 2023, although she has since made a couple of independent appearances before wrestling for night only in Ring of Honor.
Speaking to Wrestling Inc. ahead of the Royal Rumble, Baszler admitted that Rousey’s unsure whether she’ll wrestle again.
“She doesn’t know if she’s going off, she doesn’t know if she’s coming back or not. She’s taking some time either way and wanted to make sure if she doesn’t come back to this, that she has a match with Marina. And so they’ve been friends longer than me and her have been friends, and it didn’t matter the letters behind the event, she just wanted to have a match with her friend and that’s what she did,”
Interestingly, Baszler added:
“If I know Ronda, she’ll want to get her one up on me, so we’ll see,”
Ronda Rousey Blasts WWE Executives
While Shayna Baszler seems to think the door for a WWE return remains open, Ronda Rousey might have just slammed it shut.
On January 25th a new lawsuit emerged featuring claims that Vince McMahon committed several sexual assaults while he was also accused of sex trafficking. McMahon later resigned from the TKO Group Board of Directors.
However, Rousey claimed that as long as Bruce Prichard is involved with WWE, McMahon will still have a hand in the business. She added that during McMahon’s first “retirement” in late 2022, he continued to run things through Prichard.