In an electrifying turn of events, former WWE Women’s Champion Ronda Rousey stepped foot into Ring of Honor (ROH) during a recent television taping. This unexpected occurrence has sparked conversation among wrestling enthusiasts and experts about its potential impact on Tony Khan’s All Elite Wrestling (AEW).
Having concluded her stint with WWE following the SummerSlam event in August, Rousey found herself in a tag team setting at the ROH TV tapings held post-Collision and Rampage. This participation, albeit not tied with a formal deal yet, stirred the simmering pot of professional wrestling prophecy.
One among many to broach the subject of Rousey’s shift was Eric Bischoff on his 83 Weeks Podcast. The seasoned wrestling observer offered his candid sentiment, describing Rousey, a decorated mixed martial artist and judoka, as somewhat “overrated” in the wrestling ring. Despite praising her athletic prowess and commitment, Bischoff voiced a common concern regarding her connection with wrestling’s core audience and her involvement with the business as a whole.
Bischoff referenced Rousey’s trip to WWE from her former MMA career, marked by an unfortunate knockout loss to Holly Holm. Handling subsequent media scrutiny less than charitably, Rousey’s transition into the WWE hemisphere was met with an eventual waning of enthusiasm from the crowds.
Rousey’s recent collaboration with the ROH may have been on a handshake agreement basis, but it has opened a gateway to future matches. And while this was primarily an attempt to rocket HonorClub subscriptions, it certainly has wider implications. AEW, for instance, with its legion of ardent supporters, could benefit significantly from having a mainstream name like Rousey among its ranks.
However, the likelihood of this future alignment remains a question mark. Rousey’s reappearance within the wrestling sphere has brought about speculation regarding her involvement with AEW but, as it stands, nothing is set in stone.
At Ringside News, we’re keeping close tabs on the evolution of this intriguing narrative. As Tony Khan keeps his financial gavel at the ready, the future of Ronda Rousey transitioning to AEW continues to remain an interesting narrative to follow. Stay tuned as we continue to cover this and many more breaking stories from the wrestling world. What’s your opinion on Ronda Rousey’s potential move to AEW? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.