Reports flooded the internet late this morning of what I consider to be a MAJOR info WWE might not have wanted to be released on the eve of the 2019 Royal Rumble. A short time ago, WWE confirmed Ronda Rousey’s contract with the company is through 2021. The clarification is clearly meant to head off speculation of her possibly returning to UFC or signing with another promotion (AEW).
Anyone who knows about Rousey’s status with WWE knows the only reason she would consider leaving WWE after only her first year is to start a family. It sounds like that is likely why she will be stepping away from WWE after Wrestlemania 35. This also means WWE is in a position where it will have to make Rousey vs. Becky Lynch in the main event a done deal for Wrestlemania 35. For those who might not be aware, WWE plans to have a women’s match main event Wrestlemania 35. The larger question is who will be involved at this point and hopefully it won’t be a Triple Threat match.
The original plan was for Rousey and Lynch to have their match at Survivor Series but Lynch was forced to miss it since she was put in the Concussion Protocol after getting decked by Nia Jax. Had Lynch and Rousey had their match at Survivor Series as planned, we would be talking about Rousey vs. Flair at Wrestlemania. Charlotte faced Rousey instead so having their rematch at Wrestlemania 35 doesn’t make sense even with a title on the line. Their match definitely should happen before Rousey leaves so it could happen at the Elimination Chamber Pay Per View or the one to take place in March. Charlotte can remain a Heel to make it work.
As a reminder: The Royal Rumble winner gets a guaranteed title shot at Wrestlemania. Back at Wrestlemania 30, they had to add Daniel Bryan to the match and make it a Triple Threat Match since Batista won the Royal Rumble that year and it was the main event on the card that year.
So, assuming Charlotte wins the Royal Rumble Match (as has been reported months in advance) she could potentially challenge either Lynch or Rousey. Rousey would have to turn Heel if she faces Lynch at Wrestlemania for it to work but hey, we have a three months to build!
All that said, Rousey will be back. My guess is she’ll be written off TV either at Wrestlemania or the RAW after it. She’ll be gone for at least 18 months, maybe two years and then make her return in 2021 in time to negotiate a new contract with WWE. That’s what is most likely to happen in my book anyway.
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