Raw Women's Champion Ronda Rousey is expected to take a hiatus from WWE after WrestleMania 35, but the Baddest Woman on the Planet could actually decide not to come back at all.
On Wrestling Observer Radio (h/t Ringside News), Dave Meltzer explained that Rousey could decide not to return to the WWE - due in large part to the cold reception she's been receiving from fans.
"It may be a lot longer than [SummerSlam]. She might never come back. I expect that she will just because — I tell you what… If the fans hadn’t turned on her, 100% she would [come back] now, you know, I wouldn’t be so sure."
"I think that she still will, but it’s a different thing. You remember the whole thing like, ‘Oh man these wrestling fans are so much better than MMA fans,’ you know blah, blah, blah, blah, blah and now I’m sure she’s not saying that."
Rousey was receiving strong cheers and ovations from WWE fans throughout most of her first year in the squared circle. But fans have started cheering heavily for Becky Lynch, even though WWE's intention was to turn her heel. Both Rousey and Charlotte Flair had been portraying babyface characters, but the fans refused to cheer for them over "The Man."
So with Rousey receiving boos and mocks from the fans - while cutting babyface promos - it forced WWE to turn their star into a heel. Rousey has clearly been frustrated with the treatment from the WWE Universe, and as Meltzer notes, it could force her into leaving the company altogether.
Meltzer recently reported that Rousey was set to leave WWE after WrestleMania, though it wasn't said how long she'd be on hiatus for. Speculation emerged that she wants to start a family with husband Travis Browne, which Rousey has discussed for a while.
But when TMZ Sports reached out for comment, WWE said that she's under contract through 2021 - and that's a personal matter as to whether or not she wants to start a family. That seemingly put an end to rumors that Rousey was planning to leave the WWE for good, but this latest tidbit from Meltzer means the possibility can't be ruled out now.
What This Means
It'd be a major disappointment if Rousey left WWE after a year simply because the poor fan reaction was too much for her. Rousey has experienced massive success as both a face and heel. The WWE Universe is simply behind Lynch right now, so Rousey isn't the only female star that's struggling to generate a strong reaction. We'll just have to see how things play out over the next few months here.