Not only is Raw’s newest Superstar Ronda Rousey definitely appearing on tonight’s show from Milwaukee, WWE wants you to know she’ll be on every Monday night from here until the ‘go home’ on the Road to WrestleMania 34. According to WWE.com:
“Rowdy” Ronda will make special appearances in:
3/5 - BMO Harris Bradley Center, Milwaukee
3/12 - Little Caesars Arena, Detroit
3/19 - American Airlines Center, Dallas
3/26 - Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland
4/2 - Philips Arena, Atlanta
While there’s probably no direct link between the angles, it’s interesting the company is going out of their way to announce Rousey’s schedule while making a plot point of another former UFC champion’s with the “entitled” Brock Lesnar.
Along with the rumored rationale behind WWE’s release of a Ronda training video before she was done filming a movie and could start her new “full time” job, it’s an indication the creative team is aware how a vocal portion of the fan base views stars who didn’t come up through the independents and/or who work a reduced schedule. In Lesnar’s case, they’re using it to get heat on him. In Rousey’s, they’re trying to head off a negative reaction from people who don’t think she’s “all in” or not entering the business “the right way” - especially since there are already reports her schedule will be similar to Brock’s.
This also sends a clear message to potential ticket buyers and home viewers that if they show up or tune in, Ronda will be there.
The big question, though, is... what will she be doing over the next five weeks?
All signs point to a big mixed tag match with Stephanie McMahon and Triple H, likely with Kurt Angle by her side, on April 8 in New Orleans. Don’t expect a fight between Rowdy and Steph, unless the briefly tease something late in the game. But will Rousey be showing off her moves in the ring via squash matches with local competitors, or should we only expect talking segments?
Let us know what you think, and head here for WWE’s official story.