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Vince McMahon isn’t worried about Ronda Rousey leaving WWE

Ronda Rousey

The WWE has gone all in on Ronda Rousey since she made her in-ring debut at WrestleMania 34 last year. The Baddest Woman on the Planet has gone against the best that the WWE has to offer, defeating the likes of Sasha Banks, Bayley, Alexa Bliss, Nia Jax, and Charlotte, just to name a few.

The Raw Women’s Champion will more than likely be in the main event of WrestleMania 35, facing off against Becky Lynch…and more than likely Charlotte as well. After that show, however, it’s unknown what’s next for Rousey. It’s been rumored that she’s looking to take a break after Mania to spend some time with her family.

With a contract that will supposedly keep her signed until 2021, it’s not like she’ll be leaving the company altogether, but the company could be without one of their top draws for some time. That, of course, doesn’t bother Vince McMahon.

In the WWE’s fourth-quarter earnings call today, the Chairman was asked if Rousey’s signing would be considered a failure if she were to leave after a year. His response was…well…what we’d expect from McMahon.

Again, we can bring people in from the outside to our environment. It can’t be just a one-off type thing because our audience realizes that’s not going to push the envelope as far as their enjoyment of what we do.

Nonetheless, bringing Ronda in gave us more visibility in terms of the initiative of reaching more women. And when you do something like that it allows you to not just use Ronda’s platform from a different niche to come into WWE, Ronda in of herself becomes a brand of WWE.

It’s a different Ronda than what you saw before, in terms of UFC and things of that nature.

McMahon went on to talk about how important Ronda Rousey was for elevating the entire women’s division, claiming that her competitors have been given a rub thanks to their encounters with the champion.

When you put talent, rub talent up against Ronda, Ronda can help us make talent, and she’s doing just that. She knows how to do it, she’s one of the brightest people we’ve ever done business with. And the fact that she’s adapted to the WWE culture so fast, it really is truly an amazing salute to her as an athlete, and as a human being.

McMahon finished by saying that the “Rondas will come in and out” but that the company will always manage to plan around it.

  • Keith Learmonth

    I also want to point out, I never said WWE is smart to put all their eggs in one basket. I said they always have a backup plan, that’s kind of the exact opposite of that.

  • Keith Learmonth

    They didn’t do that with Roman, though. There’s always a plan B. The company didn’t fail because they put all the stock in just one possible option, they kept plenty of other people strong just in case, from Rollins, to Strowman, to McIntyre.

    It’s not like the original ECW. They really did bet the future of the company on one man, and when he got injured, there wasn’t a backup plan, things fell apart, and the company died.

  • Jamie

    I agree with you but you contradicted yourself by saying that WWE is to smart to put all its eggs in one basket. That’s exactly what they did with Roman Reigns. Plan B was Seth Rollins and wwe decided that plan B had to become plan A and they we’re lucky that they were able to play there get out of jail free card. Everyone complains that Lesnar is universal champion but don’t forget that’s Vince made the decision to put the strap back on him again not brock. Now Seth Rollins is plan A it’s more then likely that Vince will put the strap on him at WM.

  • Keith Learmonth

    Yes, because Roman got sick, WWE adjusted course, and made Lesnar champ again, with the seeming long term goal of making Rollins champ.

    I don’t see how it’s hard to see that WWE made a course correction there. It’s not like they went “Well, Roman’s hurt, we bet everything on him, time to just get rid of the Universal Title”

  • Jamie

    Does Roman reigns not come to mind ?? Roman getting sick is the reason that Brock Lesnar is the universal champion again. My how the past is soon forgotten.

  • Nicholas Giambattista

    They both did what they set out to do. Rhonda Rousey now a house hold name again after her last 2 fight in UFC was bad.

    WWE got to raise the level of the Women division yes it was already good before Rousey got there but she set the bar.

    You might see her take a full year and return in 2020 women Royal Rumble.

  • Keith Learmonth

    He’s right, basically. WWE can always adjust course if a talent leaves, or gets injured, or whatever. They always have, and always will.

    WWE isn’t going to make the mistake the original ECW did of betting the company’s future on one person. (As ECW did with RVD just before he broke his leg.)