Ronda Rousey, the dynamic WWE superstar and former UFC standout, has successfully maneuvered her way through the creative landscape of WWE, and she's setting her sights on launching a significant rivalry within the wrestling promotion.
Initially, it was presumed that Rousey would confront Rhea Ripley at WrestleMania 39 for the coveted SmackDown Women's Championship. However, Rousey, ever the innovator, had a different trajectory in mind. She advocated forming a power team with her long-time confidante, Shayna Baszler.
This partnership led to a shift in the power dynamics, with Charlotte Flair wresting the title away from Rousey in the final SmackDown showdown of 2022.
Rousey-Baszler Duo's Monumental Victory
The pairing of Rousey and Baszler proved even more formidable, winning a high-stakes fatal four-way WrestleMania Showcase match on the prestigious global platform.
It was an enthralling victory that only amplified their emerging status within WWE. The partnership's momentum continued. She triumphed again at a Raw marquee event in Albany, New York, with Rousey and Baszler, seizing the vacant WWE Women's Tag Team Championship.
The title had been unexpectedly left open after previous champions, Liv Morgan and Raquel Rodriguez, had to vacate it due to an unfortunate injury to Morgan. Renowned wrestling analyst Dave Meltzer, writing in the Wrestling Observer Newsletter, shared that Rousey is more than just content with their combined success.
It appears she's actively advocating for an opportunity to "work a heated program" against her present tag team partner, Baszler. The prospect of internal conflict isn't unusual in WWE, as the promotion has a rich history of tag teams and factions colliding.
WWE Universal Champion Roman Reigns has experienced this firsthand, with his section, The Bloodline, recently disintegrating on SmackDown. As this news unfolds, fans and pundits wait with bated breath, eager to see if Rousey's next grand plan within WWE takes shape.