One argument to be made with Ronda Rousey signing with WWE and immediately entering into a feud with Stephanie McMahon, one that will surely play out in the main event of most shows they’re on, is that the former UFC waltzed right in and took that spot away from more established stars. You might even argue that she took that spot from more deserving stars.
Bayley, you might argue, is one of those stars.
She would not make those arguments, at least not about Rousey taking her spot, as she told Newshub:
“She isn’t taking my spot, she is not stopping me from achieving my dreams just because she is here. She has touched so many different people in the world of sports. People want to see Ronda Rousey because she is an attraction. I have people come up to me at my gym and they tell me they are going to watch because they are big UFC fans. I don’t feel like she is taking the spotlight away from us - if anything it is pushing us to be better because she is getting that spotlight, so we have to push harder to keep our spot. My goal is to be the women’s champion, to main event on a regular basis, to be at WrestleMania. It doesn’t matter to me who comes in, they are not taking my spot unless they earn it.”
That’s the right attitude to have, and keep, in an industry like this. The reality isn’t that WWE puts on main events that will result in the best matches, it’s a company that promotes main events that those running it believe will make them the most money. It’s on Bayley to become the kind of star that will make more money than Rousey.
It’s as simple as that.