With the former UFC Bantamweight champion making a surprise appearance at the Royal Rumble, the question now is who her opponent will be at the “Showcase of the Immortals”.
Ronda Rousey had reportedly been in talks with the WWE for a long time, yet she hadn’t signed a contract with the company.
However, her presence in the Royal Rumble shocked the WWE Universe, with the former UFC champion immediately having her sights set on Wrestlemania 34.
As the company announced that the 31-year-old mixed martial artist officially signed a full-time contract with the WWE, it remains to be seen when Rousey will make her official debut and who her opponent will be at Wrestlemania.
Concerning the first case, her debut will probably be delayed for a few weeks, as she has to finish filming her new movie, Mile 22.
Following that, she will need to go back to WWE’s Performance Centre to continue her training and ensure she is ready to wrestle in a match.
So, she will probably compete in the ring next month, as the company will get closer to the biggest pay-per-view of the year, which will take place in New Orleans on April 8th.
Regarding her opponent in the grandest stage of them all, there are not many paths that the WWE can follow in order to create a blockbuster match.
It’s not likely for Rousey to face RAW Women’s Champion, Alexa Bliss, as the latter will reportedly battle Asuka, who won the first-ever Women’s Royal Rumble Match.
So, and since the Japanese wrestler belongs to the RAW roster, she is expected to challenge Bliss for the coveted title.
At the same time, the current champion should survive against five other opponents in the Elimination Chamber match to retain her title and ensure she will go to Wrestlemania as the champion.
That said, the first option for the WWE is to have Rousey challenge SmackDown Women’s Champion, Charlotte Flair, for the title in New Orleans.
Such a match would be the perfect opportunity for the company to raise the interest of the WWE Universe at very high levels, while it would also attract the attention of wrestling fans worldwide, given Rousey’s popularity in the UFC and the world of wrestling.
Concurrently, it would also be the perfect equivalent for the match between Brock Lesnar and Roman Reigns for the Universal Title, which will reportedly take place at Wrestlemania.
The only negative point in this scenario is that Rousey’s debut would happen against the best female competitor in WWE right now, which could lead to a heavy defeat for the former UFC Champion that could expose all her wrestling flaws and negatively affect her momentum.
On the other hand, a safer option would be for the WWE to create a match between Rousey and RAW’s Commissioner, Stephanie McMahon.
Although this match would certainly not be of high quality, given the latter is not an active female wrestler, its build-up would be great, since Stephanie McMahon has excellent promo skills.
With that in mind, the WWE could schedule a tag team match featuring Stephanie and Triple H against Rousey and the “Rock” to finally create a match that has been in the making for the past three years.
Although Dwayne Johnson’s busy schedule could make this match very difficult to happen, there are other superstars that could team up with Rousey against the “Authority”.
Such examples are RAW General Manager, Kurt Angle, who still has a rivalry with both Stephanie and HHH, which further intensified during the Survivor Series pay-per-view, as well as the “Monster Among Men”, Braun Strowman, who also started a feud with “the Game” last November.
For me, a possible match between Rousey and Charlotte Flair could be a dream match that the WWE Universe would love to see, but it would be much better for the former UFC Champion to compete in a tag team match against Stephanie and Triple H that would help her make a decent debut and maintain her momentum.
If that happens, then she will be able to start fighting for the Women’s title, either on RAW or SmackDown, and given her full-time contract with the company, she will have plenty of opportunities to become champion.