Despite portraying a babyface character throughout her first year in the WWE, Ronda Rousey wasn't being treated like one by the fans, which prompted major changes to her character.
After weeks of being heavily booed by the fans, Rousey cemented a heel turn when she attacked Becky Lynch on this week's episode of Monday Night Raw. The Baddest Woman on the Planet has since gone on rants against the WWE and other superstars - both on social media and her YouTube page - Ronda on the Road.
It was quite a character change for the former UFC fighter, who was among the most beloved and admired babyfaces for the bulk of her first year in WWE. But with Lynch's popularity soaring at an all-time high, creative had no choice but to turn her heel.
"It’s great for Ronda. It shows her depth as a persona and her understanding of the business," Angle said. "Ronda will learn very quickly how to be a heel in the ring, which means she will be bumping a lot more than before. I’m looking forward to it."
Though Rousey shined as a babyface in the early going, one can make a case that she's been much better as a heel thus far. Rousey embraced the real-life real role during her days in the UFC.
Following her WWE debut at WrestleMania 34 a year ago, Rousey admitted in an interview ESPN's Ramona Shelburne that she was expected to get booed "out of the building from day one." Rousey later said she felt "so grateful" for being accepted by the WWE Universe. Things have changed quite a bit now, as Rousey embarks on what should be a remarkable run as the main heel in the women's division.
What This Means
Rousey may not be getting the major fan support she just wanted, but such is life in going up against Lynch right now. "The Man" pulled off a heel turn after attacking Charlotte Flair at SummerSlam 2018, only to be the one who wound up receiving all the fan support. With Lynch now the true babyface and both Rousey and Flair portraying heel roles, fans are in for quite the rivalry between three major talents in the women's division.