Ronda Rousey is one of WWE’s biggest crossover stars on the current roster. Due to Rousey’s immense popularity, WWE cannot afford to have a WrestleMania card without her. The UFC legend since dropping her Smackdown Women’s Championship to Charlotte Flair in surprising fashion earlier this year has not had any particular character direction. Her alliance with her real-life friend Shayna Baszler also didn’t work out as expected.
To make things worse, Rousey also suffered an injury while WWE is closing in on WrestleMania 39. The former women’s champion was seen wearing a sling on her arm on a recent episode of Smackdown. WWE did a backstage ambush angle to justify Rousey’s unexplained injury.
An arm for an arm. 💪💥@QoSBaszler is seeking revenge on @TeganNoxWWE for injuring @RondaRousey‘s arm in a brawl earlier today. #SmackDown pic.twitter.com/CpBEoW1TQ8— WWE (@WWE) March 4, 2023
According to PW Torch’s Wade Keller, Ronda Rousey’s injury is a legitimate one. She aggravated a previous injury but is expected to be fit to compete at WrestleMania 39 in April.
As of now, it is unclear what the plans for Rousey heading into WrestleMania are. The dream singles match against Becky Lynch was rumored but it looks like the company is not planning to go in that direction.
Ronda Rousey and Shayna Baszler are pitched to compete for the Women’s Tag Team titles at WrestleMania 39.
Dave Meltzer of WON reports that the creative plan for Rousey is to have her team with Shayna Baszler and face the Women’s Tag Team Champions at WrestleMania 39. The championship is currently held by Becky Lynch and WWE legend Lita. They defeated Iyo Sky and Dakota Kai on a recent episode of Raw to win the belts.
While the WWE has already announced Becky Lynch, Lita, and Trish Stratus vs Damage CTRL for WrestleMania, Meltzer notes that plans could change. WWE reportedly has “twists and turns” planned for the Women’s Tag Team Championship storyline.
Trish Stratus, Becky Lynch, & Lita vs. Damage CTRL is set for #WrestleMania in April. pic.twitter.com/Y1UI1TymH0— PW Chronicle (@_PWChronicle) March 7, 2023
There are rumors that WWE might do a singles match between Bayley and Trish Stratus to give Rousey a spot on the card. Taking Bayley and Stratus out of the equation will open the doors for a triple-threat tag team match for the titles. Becky Lynch and Lita vs Iyo Sky and Dakota Kai vs Ronda Rousey and Shayna Baszler is the rumored Wrestlemania match.
“They (WWE) are right now of the impression that she (Ronda Rousey)’s not gonna be 100% healed, but the impression is she’ll be ready to do the match (Tag Title Match @ WrestleMania)”— WrestlePurists (@WrestlePurists) March 7, 2023
– Dave Meltzer
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It’ll be interesting to see how WWE will reach their preferred destination at WrestleMania 39. Fans hope that Rousey will be able to recover from her injury and make her return to the ring soon.
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