Raw Women's Champion Ronda Rousey is set to defend her title against Becky Lynch and Charlotte Flair at WrestleMania 35, but it's been widely reported that the Baddest Woman on the Planet will go on hiatus soon after.
Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter reported that Rousey was set to leave WWE, and he recently suggested that she might not come back at all due to cold receptions from the fans.
But Meltzer added some interesting thoughts on Wrestling Observer Radio (h/t Ringside News). He pointed out that Rousey isn't taking part in the European tour in May, and that the Raw Women's Champion is "not booked on anything after the RAW after Mania."
Finally, Meltzer suggested that Rousey could be gone "a lot longer than" the SummerSlam pay-per-view (set to take place on Aug. 11 in Toronto), but he does expect her to come back to the WWE.
After Meltzer reported that Rousey was leaving back in January, TMZ Sports reached out for comment from the WWE. They said in a statement that she's signed with the company until Apr. 10, 2021. Rousey has talked a lot about wanting to start a family with her husband, Travis Browne, and WWE called that "a private matter" in the comment to TMZ.
Rousey's run with the WWE has been a massive success in general, but the promotion had to turn her heel as the fans continued to heavily support Becky Lynch over the Baddest Woman on the Planet. In character, Rousey has wasted no time criticizing the WWE Universe, and she's succeeded in portraying the heel role. But if she does indeed plan a lengthy break from wrestling, WWE will have a difficult task in finding the next great heel to replace talents.
What This Means
Rousey herself hasn't talked about going on a break in WWE yet, but it's possible this could all be set up at WrestleMania. If a superstar goes on a lengthy hiatus, WWE often gives them a storyline injury so they can be written off of television, and that could be a possibility for Rousey.