Opinion: Why Ronda Rousey deserved a better competition at WrestleMania

Ronda Rousey is perhaps the most dominant superstar in WWE's Women's Division
Ronda Rousey is perhaps the most dominant superstar in WWE's Women's Division

Rowdy Ronda Rousey is undoubtedly the most vicious female wrestler that the WWE has at present in its locker room. Rousey has won several MMA fights worldwide and defeated wrestlers from various pro-wrestling promotions across the globe. She has held various Championships all over the planet and also possesses an outstanding record in Mixed Martial Arts. In Judo, she had won several medals in the Olympics and in various other World Championship games across the world. Rousey does not bother who her opponent is, all she cares about is decimating them.

Rousey made her debut appearance in WWE at the 2018 Royal Rumble PPV. Thereafter, she headlined the grandest event of the WWE- WrestleMania. Now, a wrestler of her caliber certainly deserved to compete against the topmost superstars in the company. However, the management of WWE decided to put her against Stephanie McMahon and Triple H in a mixed tag team match with Kurt Angle alongside her. Let us understand why this match was inappropriate and Rousey deserved a better competition.

Firstly, Stephanie McMahon is not a full-time professional wrestler. Though WWE states that she has a separate contract and can wrestle like any other female superstars, but no way could she put forth the in-ring competition against Ronda Rousey that other wrestlers were capable of delivering.

Also, the last time Stephanie McMahon competed in any match was way back in 2014. She does not have a lot to speak about her wrestling skills on her resume. No doubt, she is a great authoritarian and as commissioner of RAW she is highly entertaining, but her wrestling capabilities are extremely limited.

One fatal error the WWE did, was to introduce Rousey at the end of the Women's Royal Rumble match. Instead, had she been a surprise entrant in the Royal Rumble match and ended up winning the competition, it would have been much more impactful. She could have then collided with someone like Charlotte Flair or Alexa Bliss for the Women's Championship at WrestleMania.

WWE could have also scheduled a handicap match between Ronda Rousey and the 'Riott squad' or Rousey against the 'Absolution' at WrestleMania. That could have created better story-lines than the mixed tag-team match and also an image in the mind of the WWE Universe that Ronda Rousey can take out anyone and everyone at her own will. It would have generated an impression that she is someone who owns a 'larger than life' image in the public domain.

In fact, the creative team of WWE could have organized a one-on-one match between Rousey and someone who is equally dominant and destructive. The name that pops up is in our mind is Nia Jax. Nia has the size advantage over other female competitors and would have been a perfect match for Ronda Rousey. Both of them are tremendous athletes and a competition between the duo would have garnered high viewership and much more crowd enthusiasm.

Also, Asuka was undefeated in WWE for a long span of time. Had she lost the Royal Rumble and had Rousey won, they both could have developed a feud. That could have paved the way for a triple threat Women's Championship match at the WrestleMania. It could have been the best female’s competition that the WWE had witnessed over the years.

Besides, in a mixed tag team match, she didn't receive much spotlight. Kurt Angle also got equal credits for winning the contest. What the WWE should have understood, that a singles competition would have generated much more crowd reactions.

In fact, in that tag team match, the management of WWE should have put a more serious and noteworthy competitor instead of Stephanie McMahon, who could have matched the wrestling standards of Triple H, Kurt Angle, and Ronda Rousey.

Thus, in light of the above factors, one can easily deduce that Stephanie McMahon and Triple H was certainly not the ideal competitor for Ronda Rousey (and Kurt Angle) and she deserved much more and way better. Hence, this match at WrestleMania was certainly not 'best for business'.

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