In a recent turn of events, former UFC powerhouse and three-time WWE women's champion, Ronda Rousey, stirred the pot of speculation regarding the future of her WWE career. On Monday, she took to Instagram, casting doubts over her continuing association with the professional wrestling giant.
The backdrop to this conjecture was Rousey's loss to Shayna Baszler at SummerSlam on Saturday. In an MMA rules showdown, Baszler made Rousey submit, thus concluding a long-standing animosity between the two, which had ignited when Baszler betrayed Rousey during the Money in the Bank event.
Following the defeat, there was considerable media chatter that Rousey might be considering a hiatus or even an exit from WWE. Her Instagram post seemed to provide a tacit acknowledgment of these rumors. She wrote, addressing Baszler, “@qosbaszler you were the reason I got into this business… Now I got no reason to stay."
Rousey's Roller-Coaster WWE Journey
Since making a splash in the WWE universe in 2018, Rousey has experienced highs and lows.
She made her mark with a memorable debut at the Royal Rumble, quickly following it up with a match at WrestleMania 34. A year later, she achieved a landmark moment by headlining WrestleMania 35 alongside Charlotte Flair and Becky Lynch.
This was a historic event as it marked the first instance of women taking center stage at WWE's premier pay-per-view. Rousey's hiatus in 2021 ended with a triumphant return in 2022 when she clinched the women's Royal Rumble.
Throughout her tenure, she earned the SmackDown Women's Championship twice, the Raw Women's Championship once, and also shared the Women's Tag Team Championship title with none other than Baszler. Despite early applause for her in-ring performances, the road hasn’t been entirely smooth for "The Baddest Woman On The Planet".
Fans and critics alike pointed fingers at Rousey, accusing WWE of favoring her with opportunities. This sentiment was echoed by Baszler in their recent skirmish. Moreover, Rousey’s open criticism of WWE's scripted nature, which she once labeled as 'fake', has also ruffled feathers.
One particularly contentious incident occurred during a Survivor Series match against Shotzi. A flawed DDT move led to a widespread outcry from the WWE community, with many demanding her dismissal. Responding to the backlash in a candid YouTube video, Rousey expressed her regrets, emphasizing her focus on safety.
She commented, "I'm so sorry that I was so concerned with keeping someone safe that I made the bump look bad." With such a roller-coaster journey, the wrestling community now waits with bated breath to see Rousey’s next move. Will she step away or remain resilient in the face of adversity? Only time will tell.