How Ronda Rousey WWE thought came about, and where WWE wants it to go
April 6, 2015 - WWE
This past Sunday, when Ronda Rousey climbed into a World Wrestling Entertainment ring, it was presented as a coax of a impulse occurrence after an in-ring written conflict between actor/wrestler Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and a immorality Authority, consisting of Paul “HHH” Levesque and Stephanie McMahon.
Of course, in wrestling, customarily dual things are genuine — a income and a ongoing pain.
The coax of a impulse indeed antiquated behind about 7 months, when Rousey and a rest of a Four Horsewomen — UFC fighters Shayna Baszler and Jessamyn Duke, and new Invicta signee Marina Shafir — were guest during a WWE SummerSlam uncover during a Staples Center in Los Angeles.
The round unequivocally started rolling with Baszler, a longtime fan who lists Billy Robinson (a pro wrestling fable of a ’60s and ’70s) and infrequently pro wrestler Josh Barnett as her coaches. This led to a 4 of them holding on a name and doing poses like The Four Horsemen of pro wrestling, whose heyday came during roughly a same time Rousey was born. While mostly criticized for regulating a name, a law is that a pivotal stalwarts of a Four Horsemen, Ric Flair and Arn Anderson, desired it.
It was during that uncover in Aug that Paul Heyman, a sidekick and spokesman for Brock Lesnar, got a women backstage, where they met Stephanie McMahon, a company’s Chief Brand Officer, villainess extraordinaire as good as daughter of a CEO of a company, Vince McMahon.
The night finished with Rousey transfer a bucket of ice H2O on Stephanie McMahon’s conduct as she did a ice bucket challenge.
But that was unequivocally usually a beginning.
Given Rousey’s celebrity and pay-per-view sketch power, it’s healthy for those in wrestling to immediately try to come adult with ways to fit their new crony into a show. Wrestling uses certain celebrities during certain times. Usually they bashful from UFC stars because, even yet both groups will repudiate it, they are in foe for a infrequent fan dollar. Before WWE got mostly out of a pay-per-view business, when a Sunday WWE PPV uncover followed a Saturday UFC show, a WWE uncover would be down 15 percent on normal from what would be expected. A ton of UFC stars, customarily during a finish of their careers, have attempted to make inroads into WWE, and are customarily not given some-more than a time of day.
Jon Jones, who is substantially a customarily American UFC warrior who is even in a contention as being a star during a turn of Rousey, had his government try to attorney him a WWE appearance, and zero materialized. The kind of fight sports people WWE has used is mostly singular to a Mike Tyson, Muhammad Ali, Buster Douglas (as champion), Evander Holyfield, Floyd Mayweather Jr., and Ricky Hatton turn stars.
The ideas that were given birth in Aug led to final week’s confront before a nearby sellout throng of 67,000 during Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif. On WWE’s biggest eventuality of a year, Rousey finished adult being a many talked about subject, with some-more than 100,000 searches in a final few hours of Sunday night, some-more than Undertaker, The Rock, or even Brock Lesnar, who was a superstar of a show.
While there was customarily an agreement in place for this one appearance, sources in WWE endorse that is not a idea.
From examination how a angle went down — with Rousey and Johnson, who are both in a film Furious 7, squaring off opposite The Authority — it would logically lead to a churned tab group match. The compare would also logically take place subsequent April, when WrestleMania comes to ATT Stadium in Arlington, Tex. It will be a biggest endeavour in WWE history, as they try to set their all-time assemblage record. The thought is to announce a sorcery series commanding 100,000 people, either genuine or not. That would mangle a company’s self-written chronological record of 93,173 fans (also not a genuine number) set in 1987 for a Hulk Hogan vs. Andre a Giant compare during a Pontiac Silverdome.
Just WrestleMania with today’s tip pro wrestling stars isn’t going to do it. They are going to need to pierce behind stars from a past, like Johnson, and supplement in celebrities.
The churned tab group sounds like a good idea. Johnson and HHH are gifted wrestlers who would be means to lift a action, and set adult brief encounters with Rousey and McMahon, that would approaching be a noted spots of such a match.
But WWE sources contend a thought is not a churned tag, yet dual singles matches, definition Rousey vs. McMahon is a compare they are looking during doing.
Either way, there are some outrageous issues involved.
When Vince McMahon attempted to put together Brock Lesnar vs. The Undertaker during a 2011 WrestleMania — behind when Lesnar was still underneath a UFC agreement — Dana White nixed a match. Historically, a UFC has sent churned messages about participating in pro wrestling. Josh Barnett this past year was a initial Zuffa performer given accede to do a match, and his happened in Japan. Years ago White also gave accede to Mirko Cro Cop, while underneath agreement with Zuffa, to seem on a Japanese New Year’s Eve uncover and flog someone in a head.
On a flip side, Tom Lawlor was told he couldn’t attend as a “manager” outward a ring in Ring of Honor, a smaller promotion, after he had garnered broadside for doing so. However, Baszler after participated in a identical purpose with that same promotion, and Lawlor did once again on Mar 27.
But a Lesnar comparison is a customarily one current here, in a clarity it would be a high form coming on a vital show. The disproportion is that McMahon, while she has finished pro wrestling, is not a full-time wrestler. Rousey has no experience, and carrying a initial compare on what is approaching to be a biggest wrestling uncover of all-time in a U.S. has vital challenges. Celebrities put into that position in a past have finished good in some cases, yet they have roughly always been put in with unequivocally gifted tip opponents. And even then, some have flopped miserably.
The certain from a UFC standpoint is that Rousey will enhance her celebrityhood. To do a compare that high form she’d also have to seem on WWE television, that reaches millions of viewers any week and she would be promoted like crazy for a final month or so before a show. That, in theory, means formulating some-more fans who might be meddlesome in shopping her pay-per-views. That was one of a reasons Mayweather Jr. done a identical pierce in 2008.
But there are risks involved. While probably everybody knows pro wrestling and MMA are like a Harlem Globetrotters and a NBA, there are reasons UFC would not wish a tip star doing pro wrestling that high profile, quite if she’s still an active champion during that point. There is marketplace difficulty and even credit questions to a apportionment of multitude that still doesn’t bond that MMA unequivocally is.
And, even yet not genuine sport, a damage risk in doing pro wrestling is unequivocally real. In 2012, when Johnson had his initial singles compare in some-more than 8 years during WrestleMania, he tore his hamstring. The subsequent year, he tore his abdominals and his adductor, and hold adult prolongation of a film Hercules due to wanting surgery. And distinct Rousey, Johnson knew his approach around a ring and was a good performer. The UFC frowns on a fighters roving motorcycles. But behaving in pro wrestling is forever some-more dangerous.
And there are artistic issues to a match. Rousey wins many of her fights in one notation in a area of genuine fighting. Big pro wrestling matches hinge on building drama, that takes time to put together. They are also ostensible to be rather existence based. Can a prolonged compare with McMahon carrying a lot of offense come opposite as realistic, and would UFC wish that portrayal? A picturesque compare would be an armbar in seconds, and while that is excellent to an MMA throng since it’s real, it wouldn’t work before a pro wrestling crowd.
Still, WWE would have to be confident. Rousey’s coming wasn’t advertised, so it didn’t sell pay-per-views or live tickets. It was clearly designed for a payoff, not as a payoff. When Rousey grabbed Stephanie McMahon during a finish of a segment, she didn’t take her down, and she didn’t put her in an armbar, that would be a income spot. That was clearly being saved for a match.