Ronda Rousey was back to grinning and playing up how happy she is to be in WWE on this week’s episode of Monday Night Raw and you know what? It doesn’t matter, at least not right now. Whether that’s a good idea or not, she’s getting over and what they’re doing is working.
Stephanie McMahon is the reason for that (because she’s awesome).
Two more incredible GIFs from the awesome TDE Wrestling to illustrate my point:
Well, it was about this time Stephanie realized she was in a whole heap of trouble... pic.twitter.com/RFgIJQS9Pg— TDE Wrestling (@totaldivaseps) March 6, 2018
Look at her get all tough when she has a free shot to the back, then bounce around all confident until realizing her attack did absolutely no damage and immediately freaking out and running away.
Looks like @RondaRousey just completed her new employee orientation. pic.twitter.com/yGq6TQdaj3— TDE Wrestling (@totaldivaseps) March 6, 2018
Look at that sell!
It doesn’t matter if Rousey is awkward with the microphone, or how she walks, or if her technique is such that wrestlers are concerned about it; Stephanie is so damn good in response to all of it that Rousey is getting over anyway.
Stephanie continues to do whatever it takes, and that’s noteworthy because we’ve often seen the opposite. It’s like they realized they can basically run this kind of segment every week, where Rousey ultimately gets the upper hand, and it will work every time because Stephanie, as a character, can always come back from whatever happens to her. She’s the boss! She is always in a position of power and therefore invulnerable. This works as well as it does because Rousey is such a force she makes Stephanie appear as if she actually is vulnerable.
Rousey has a lot to learn but Stephanie is ensuring she gets the chance to grow without the audience turning on her while she does.