Not everyone is sold on Ronda Rousey in WWE, and one detractor is Eric Bischoff
Royal Rumble weekend was a huge one for the WWE, with Shinsuke Nakamura and Asuka both coming up with huge victories, but the latter's was overshadowed somewhat by the official WWE debut of “Rowdy” Ronda Rousey, who is now a full-time member of the WWE roster. There are a lot of fans around the world who are excited to see the former "Baddest Woman on the Planet," but the majority are somewhat against bringing in Ronda (or maybe the booking in the way she was introduced), and one of those is former WCW and WWE GM, Eric Bischoff.
He, like those many others, have questions about how Rousey will work in the WWE, and while I’m very excited, being a huge fan of her work, the points he makes are very valid. During an interview with Wrestling Inc., Bischoff opened up about Rousey and claimed that her booking will be a very tough/odd task for the creative team.
“She was bitter and didn’t handle those losses with the grace that could have endeared her to the audience”, and “What are the WWE going to do? Bring her in and wipe out half of the women’s division? It won’t work” are two of the quotes from Bischoff that accurately sum up the challenges ahead for WWE.
On one hand, Ronda got her backside handed to her in her previous two UFC fights, so that has destroyed some of the aura and dominance surrounding her, and as Bischoff mentioned, the way she reacted and especially shunning the media haven’t endeared her to fans, so that’s going to definitely hinder her ability to be booked as an underdog/babyface. But on the other hand, as just mentioned, she got not just defeated, but decimated in her previous two fights, and while WWE can go a long way to building back up her credibility, that will definitely not help the suspension of disbelief for fans if she’s to be booked as a bad-ass, dominant heel.
Either way, the WWE is definitely going to have to play it very carefully when it comes to Rowdy Ronda, but we're all in, and very intrigued to how they’ll handle it. So what do you guys think? Do you think they will try and make her a baby face? Should she dominate the roster like she did on her way to a 12-0 record before her losses in the UFC despite having someone like Asuka already? Would pairing her with Paul Heyman like rumors suggest help her cause?