There are a few things which are crystal clear if you head over to WWE.com today.
One, they are absolutely serious about trying to make “Hot Ronda” happen as a nickname for the newest signee to their main roster women’s division.
Two, they want their fans focused on who (I refuse to call her that, and yes I get that it’s a play on Roddy Piper’s “Hot Rod” moniker, but while I’ll consider calling her “Rowdy”, I’m not using it) Ronda Rousey might face in her first WWE match.
Signs point to that match taking place in New Orleans on April 8 at WrestleMania 34. Rumors about an opponent are vascillating between Charlotte Flair and Stephanie McMahon and Triple H - with
Hot R Rousey getting a male tag partner for the latter option, obviously.
In a post on “Five Dream Opponents” for the former UFC bantamweight champion, Flair’s name is mentioned. Beyond that, it’s an interesting list of MMA practicioners, a legendary striker and someone who’d have a distinct size advantage over Ronda.
Like Charlotte, one of them started setting up a potential program when “Rowdy” debuted at Royal Rumble. Two haven’t had much interaction with her, while one’s been connected to her for a long time:
- Shayna Baszler
- Sonya Deville
- Nia Jax
- Charlotte Flair
If that doesn’t give you enough to ponder, the site is also asking fans to vote on their pick for Rousey’s first WWE rival. And they’re giving a lot more than five choices... ten, to be exact (although three of them repeat from their list):
Flair, Asuka, Jax, Alexa Bliss, Ember Moon, Nikki Bella, Becky Lynch, Bayley, Sasha Banks and Other
You might remember “Other” from her epic program with “Vacant”. Anyway...
As of ~8PM Eastern on Sat., Feb. 3, the results of that poll look like this:
Charlotte - 35%
Asuka - 27%
Other - 9%
Nia - 7%
Alexa - 6%
Sasha - 5%
Nikki - 3%
Becky - 3%
Bayley - 2%
Ember - 2%
Which only adds up to 99, but fractions aren’t WWE.com’s strong suit. Anyway...
What do you make of these choices? How about the company’s efforts to move the discussion away from how she arrived and when she’ll be back, and toward what she’ll do when she returns?
Let us know your thoughts on those questions, along with who’d you pick as Rousey’s first opponent, below!