Ronda Rousey has been on hiatus since WrestleMania 35, but we might see the former Raw Women's Championship sooner rather than later.
Rousey has been on an "impregnation vacation", trying to start a family with husband Travis Browne. It's obviously going to be a while until she wrestles again, but her on-screen return may only be a couple of months away.
According to Dave Meltzer of Wrestling Observer Radio (h/t Ringside News), there's a strong chance Rousey will be on the SmackDown 20th anniversary special on Oct. 4. That date also marks the first episode where Fox Sports will take over the broadcasts - which will take place on Friday nights.
Meltzer believes "they really want her on that first show," though she hasn't been mentioned as a returning superstar yet. WWE has already confirmed that the likes of Ric Flair, Hulk Hogan, Sting, Goldberg, Booker T and Trish Stratus will be among the returning legends for the big show.
If Rousey does return for the SmackDown special, it'll be interesting to see how WWE will play it out. Perhaps they'll set up her next storyline/feud - which could include a renewal of her program with Becky Lynch.
Rousey began a feud with Lynch after the Irish Lass Kicker won the women's Royal Rumble. Lynch, Rousey and Charlotte Flair headlined WrestleMania 35 - with both the Raw and SmackDown Women's Championships on the line. Lynch emerged victorious after pinning Rousey via pinfall - marking the first clean loss in WWE for the Baddest Woman on the Planet.
Lynch has since embarked on multiple feuds with different superstars, and it seems as though Sasha Banks is next in line. After Banks, perhaps Rousey will be back and ready to challenge Lynch for her Raw Women's title.
What This Means
WWE and Fox will obviously be looking to recruit as many big names as they can for the SmackDown special, and it's no surprise they're trying to get Rousey for that show. She's one of the top money draw stars for WWE, and an appearance could help set up Rousey's feud if and probably when she returns to WWE full time.