Ronda Rousey, a force to be reckoned with in the WWE universe, might be preparing for her last hurrah as she navigates a storyline that could signal her departure from the ring. The sudden, surprising betrayal by her companion Shayna Baszler at Money in the Bank 2023 has set the stage for a dramatic denouement to her WWE tenure.
According to Wrestling Observer Newsletter'sNewsletter's Dave Meltzer, a feud between Rousey and Baszler was always intended to be Rousey'sRousey's grand finale. With her eclectic track record, including headlining WrestleMania, securing multiple titles, and collaborating with her best friend, Rousey'sRousey's endgame has been meticulously planned.
Rousey'sRousey's comeback at the 2022 Royal Rumble was somewhat bittersweet after a three-year hiatus. Her triumphant victory was undermined by being cast as a babyface, which derailed her momentum. Instead of reigniting her rivalry with Becky Lynch, Rousey pivoted to confront Charlotte Flair, a decision that unfortunately didn'tdidn't yield the desired impact.
Although Rousey defeated Flair at Backlash to become the SmackDown Women'sWomen's Champion, the aftermath was mishandled. Her second term as champion was marred by forgettable bouts, character inconsistency, and an overall decline in her perceived star power.
Rousey's Legacy Amid Uncertainty
Rousey'sRousey's mystique has dimmed, not due to a lack of talent but to inconsistent storytelling and missed opportunities. It'sIt's understandable if she contemplates retiring from wrestling, given her accomplished career, which includes victories over major WWE women'swomen's champions and a Royal Rumble win.
As Rousey possibly gears up to bid farewell to WWE, her focus should be elevating Baszler and helping her return to her roots as an unbeatable solo contender. Rousey'sRousey's willingness to spotlight other performers has been her strength, often going unnoticed due to her polarizing persona.
The clash between Rousey and Baszler provides a golden opportunity for the latter to establish herself as a formidable singles competitor. This could change Baszler's trajectory from being seen as a tag-team player to a severe contender in singles competition.
As the narrative unfolds, it is clear that Rousey is preparing to make a grand exit. As she marches towards her showdown with Baszler, likely at SummerSlam, one can expect a display of her most robust performance yet, a befitting farewell to an accomplished wrestling career.