It appears that Ronda Rousey is not happy with just being the biggest draw in UFC. The most dominant fighter on either side of the ledger (men or women) has made it public knowledge she wants to be the best in her current sport as well as other man-dominated venues.
Can the beautiful brute really become the best in MMA, boxing and WWE? She thinks so, and many around the world would like to see her achieve such a goal.
But is this really what is best for business in professional wrestling? Can Rousey, who is clearly head and shoulders better than her competition in the octagon, be successful in sports entertainment? Can she loosen the grip she has on performing in a business that although is not as "fake" as some would think, is predetermined and not as aggressive?
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"What I'd really like to do — and I don't know if I'll have the time and I just want to do so many things, but — I want to be remembered as one of the greatest fighters of all time at any sport," Rousey said during a media day in Los Angeles on Tuesday, via foxsports.com.
Boxing is one of the sports Rousey would love to conquer, but her ambition doesn't stop there. She also mentioned the possibility of adding a grappling world championship and even a WWE title as well if time permits, because Rousey really wants to do it all.
When Rousey jumped over the guard rail at WrestleMania 31 and got in the ring with The Rock, you knew what was coming. No word yet of an appearance at WrestleMania 32, but speculation is strong that she will be in Dallas in April. How that ties into the events of the night are unknown, but her comments this week only strengthen her stance that at some point, she will be working for Vince McMahon, which should be lucrative for both boss and employee.
I caution the move, however, as, unlike Brock Lesnar who has worked for both companies and has been a world champion in both industries, Rousey's turn to professional wrestling does have a downside to it.
How does her background and her skill set match with other wrestlers? Is Charlotte the only woman on the WWE roster who is athletic as her? Will matches look so overwhelming, fans will lose interest, maybe even boo her when she is in the ring.
In UFC, Rousey is a Mike Tyson, where winning in record time is the story. How will she be able to stay in a ring for 15 minutes with a predetermined outcome and make it look real?
Before we all get excited about a highly anticipated move for Rousey, there is a bigger picture to look at. Chyna - who is the example that might be most comparable - got over for being dominant in the ring with men. WWE is not going to put her in that kind of situation (I hope) but will a lack of competition become her downfall?
The idea of Rousey making a move out of UFC was only a matter of time. It has not happened yet. But when it does, it could be the biggest success story of WWE or the biggest failure of the woman who wants everything, and can have it if she really wants it.
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