We are now over a year into WWE's Ronda Rousey experiment, and it's safe to say that things have gone very much according to plan.
Many were surprised at how quickly Rousey took to being a ring general, not as quick as Kurt Angle's transition back when he debuted in 1999 but she was relatively fast to impress the doubters.
Rousey has held the Raw Women's Championship since August now and no-one has been able to dethrone her, however a huge scoop leaked in January that made it seemingly apparent that she would be dropping the title in the near future.
Surprising news broke last month that Rousey was set to leave WWE just over a year into her new venture into sports entertainment.
WWE refuted those claims, stating that she was under contract until 2021, however couldn't confirm or deny whether or not she wanted to start a family.
You'd expect that such a big name would get some leeway when it comes to breaks from the business and that's exactly what it seems like is going to happen after WrestleMania has been etched into the history books.
The expected temporary departure is no concern for Vince McMahon seemingly though, who was asked about whether Ronda potentially leaving will damage the WWE franchise.
"We can bring people in from the outside to our environment. It can't be just a one-off type thing because our audience realizes that's not going to push the envelope as far as their enjoyment of what we do," said McMahon, per WrestlingInc.
"Nonetheless, bringing Ronda in gave us more visibility in terms of the initiative of reaching more women. And when you do something like that it allows you to not just use Ronda's platform from a different niche to come into WWE, Ronda in of herself becomes a brand of WWE."
"It's a different Ronda than what you saw before, in terms of UFC and things of that nature. When you put talent, rub talent up against Ronda, Ronda can help us make talent, and she's doing just that. She knows how to do it, she's one of the brightest people we've ever done business with.
"And the fact that she's adapted to the WWE culture so fast, it really is truly an amazing salute to her as an athlete, and as a human being. So, the Ronda's will come in and out, and when they do, as long as we know what those dates are, we plan around it."
So Vince has nothing but praise for the 'Baddest Woman on the Planet', and isn't concerned about her impending departure.
It's not been proven that she's helped elevate any of the fellow female superstars as of yet, but there's no doubting the eyes that her name value alone brings to the product, and WWE will probably be much worse off when she makes her temporary departure.News Now - Sport News