It's been widely reported that Ronda Rousey will be taking a leave of absence from the WWE following WrestleMania 35, following her Raw Women's Championship match vs. Becky Lynch and Charlotte Flair.
According to Felix Upton of Ringside News, WWE is hoping that they'll have Rousey back for Survivor Series in November. It's been reported that she and husband Travis Browne will look to start a family.
As Upton notes, Rousey would be given a lengthy break (about seven months), if she were to take a leave of absence before returning for Survivor Series. WWE.com told TMZ Sports that Rousey is under contract until Apr. 10, 2021, which all but confirms she won't be leaving the WWE for good after WrestleMania.
It's been mentioned that Rousey's WWE deal does give her the option to take a long-term hiatus, and it sounds like she'll be putting that into use her. With that, we can also expect either Lynch or Charlotte to dethrone Rousey as the champion - since it obviously doesn't make sense for an inactive superstar to carry the title.
Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter was first to report that Rousey was expected to leave the WWE after WrestleMania 35. The Baddest Woman on the Planet has been silent on the matter, but her inevitable leave could be played into the storyline leading up to her match.
Rousey's first year in the WWE has been a massive success, and she's been key in helping the women's division make more history. After she takes part in the very first women's main event WrestleMania match, Rousey will take her well-deserved break, and it'll be up to the other female talents to fill the void she temporarily leaves behind.
What This Means
If Rousey is going to be absent for those six to seven months, it'll be interesting to see how WWE plans around her departure, and what they'll do when she's set to return. This gives the other female talents an ideal opportunity to step up during her absence.