It wasn’t that long ago that the idea of women in the headlining spot of even a B-level pay-per-view (PPV) was ludicrous. That’s not because they don’t deserve it, or aren’t worthy, or shouldn’t be there, but simply because it’s not ever how WWE has conducted its business.
Now, though? Ronda Rousey, who has headlined UFC shows that have drawn over one million buys on PPV, can say things like this and it’s actually conceivable (via her interview with SI):
“It’s definitely a goal of mine to be one of the first women to headline WrestleMania. But who that would be against or even if that would be a possibility is yet to be seen.”
Oh, it’s more than a possibility. In fact, it seems downright likely this will happen sooner rather than later.
WWE just recently announced a women’s only PPV, Evolution. It also just signed TV rights deals with both NBCU and FOX that will make the company as lucrative as it has ever been. That, along with the WWE Network, allows them to do basically whatever they want with PPV shows both small and large.
Why wouldn’t they take a chance and headline WrestleMania with a Ronda Rousey match? She proved at WrestleMania 34 — the first match of her career, by the way — that she can stand up to the spotlight and deliver in a big spot. We know there are many other wrestlers on the roster right now who can do the same.
So, again, why not?