Ronda Rousey has taken the wrestling world by storm. It doesn’t feel like her tenure with the company is already approaching one year but when she steps into the ring to defend her Raw Women’s Championship at WrestleMania 35 against Becky Lynch and SmackDown Live Women’s Champion Charlotte Flair, she’ll have officially competed in the ring for one calendar year.
Even more impressive is the fact that as of today, March 30, 2019, Rousey has become the longest-reigning Raw Women’s Champion, holding the title for 223 days and officially passing the previous high-mark held by Alexa Bliss at 222 days.
WWE has used Rousey as their top women’s star on Raw while allowing both Lynch and Charlotte to grow and look strong on SmackDown Live, setting the stage for the Main Event at WrestleMania.
In general, they’ve built Rousey properly, allowed her to face any-and-all challengers and even become the heel that she was naturally destined to be from the beginning.
Only time will tell if she’ll still be the Raw Women’s Champion at the end of WrestleMania, but her first reign as Champion has been nothing short of successful nonetheless.
Rousey Brings Star Power
Rousey brings legitimacy to the world of professional wrestling akin to that of Brock Lesnar. While Lesnar sporadically shows up as the Universal Champion, however, Rousey makes an appearance every single week on Raw and has continued to work on both her in-ring work and character work.
Though Rousey may not be for everyone, it’s important to remember that she’s still a rookie in this industry and is learning everything on the fly. In less than one year, she’s already proven she can hang in the ring.
Her work on the microphone clearly leaves something to be desired but it’s also not as bad as some of the other more experienced workers we’ve seen in the company both in the past and currently in the product. Giving her somebody like Brock Lesnar to speak for her and allow her to keep a menacing look may be the best option in the future.