4 reasons why Ronda Rousey is a complete game changer for the WWE Women’s division
Ronda Rousey emerged in WWE following the groundbreaking first-ever Women’s Royal Rumble this past Sunday night. The WWE Universe in Philly lost their minds, and social media absolutely exploded as the iconic former Olympian and MMA Champion stepped foot in a WWE ring. With her appearance comes a lot of questions, and with those questions come four definitive reasons for why “Rowdy” Ronda Rousey is an absolute game-changer in WWE.
She has already proven she can hold her own in a WWE ring
Ronda proved she could stand on WWE’s biggest stage when she stood alongside The Rock at WrestleMania 31 and put both Stephanie McMahon and Triple H in their place. A longtime sports-entertainment fan, “Rowdy” has in many ways been preparing for this moment for much of her life — in fact, WWE Hall of Famer “Rowdy” Roddy Piper and “Yes!” Lock innovator Gene LeBell both trained with Rousey, and the last thing any opponent wants to see is a prepared and able Ronda Rousey.
She has an unparalleled competitive nature
Ronda Rousey is a force. If you want to see the physical embodiment of “the zone,” watch any single one of her walkouts to the cage during her MMA career. In the same vein as a Tom Brady or a Kobe Bryant, Rousey is a hyper-competitive, ultra-focused, no nonsense fighter. She will fight you until she proves she is better than you. The type of drive instilled within her is not a common trait and will be a massive challenge for even the most-accomplished WWE Superstars.
She has a diverse set of skills and accomplishments in combat sports
Want to know why Ronda Rousey was able to completely change the landscape of sports during her MMA career? Well, because she’s just that damn good. “Rowdy” Ronda first rose to prominence in the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, China, where she became the first American Judoka to medal in women’s judo, winning the bronze. From there, Rousey transitioned into MMA, where, on top of her reign as UFC Women’s Bantamweight Champion, she also amassed such accolades as the Strikeforce Women’s Bantamweight Title and the record for shortest average fight time in UFC history.
She is on the shortlist of most iconic female athletes of all time
The first-ever UFC Women’s Bantamweight Champion swept the Octagon, the headlines and the nation when she successfully defended her title six consecutive times in the UFC. Rousey became a genuine household name and a true icon thanks to her sheer dominance and unmistakable charisma. This success may earn Rousey the ire of the Raw and SmackDown LIVE women, but it could also grant her a serious mental edge... as if she really needed anymore ammo at her disposal.