It is only a matter of time before Ronda Rousey comes back to WWE. The former UFC Bantamweight Champion has unfinished business with current Raw Women's Champion Becky Lynch, who beat Rousey for the title in the main event of WrestleMania.
The return of the Baddest Woman on the Planet will be a sensation, but WWE should take care when reintroducing Rousey to the WWE brand. The crowd has turned on her before, and it would only tarnish an excellent rivalry if her feud with Lynch is poorly executed. Here is how Rousey should - and shouldn't - return to WWE.
10 Should: Attacking Becky Lynch
Ronda Rousey and Becky Lynch are yet to have a one-on-one match. Charlotte Flair's inclusion in WrestleMania 34's main event was controversial, but ultimately she proved a good addition. The doors remain open for another showdown between Rousey and The Man.
WWE should utilize this and have the UFC star return byattacking Lynch out of nowhere, going straight for her long-time rival. It would be a great culmination of a feud and storyline that has elevated the women's division (and WWE in general).
9 Shouldn't: Attacking Charlotte Flair
It is true that there is still bad blood between Rousey and The Queen, as well as heaps of potential for a storyline between the two acclaimed superstars. However, WWE needs to hold off on this rivalry for a while.
Rousey's ultimate confrontation with Lynch is what fans want to see first, and more involvement on Charlotte's behalf will only generate the wrong kind of heat. There are a number of talented workers in the women's locker room who could compete with Flair in the meantime.
8 Should: Winning The 2020 Royal Rumble
Becky Lynch won the 2019 Women's Royal Rumble match that set her on the road to WrestleMania - and Ronda Rousey. It would echo this with a clever nod if Rousey were to be a surprise entrant in the 2020 Royal Rumble match, defeating the rest of the locker room to win a chance to face Lynch once again at WrestleMania.
It would be the perfect opportunity to finally have the Rousey vs. Lynch WrestleMania moment, whilst also capitalizing on the hype and excitement of the annual Royal Rumble match.
7 Shouldn't: Involving Seth Rollins
The storyline involving Becky Lynch and her real-life fiance Seth Rollins was met with a mixed reception from fans, who seem to agree that the two superstars thrive when in separate narratives. Having Rousey return by interfering with a Rollins match would be a poor decision on WWE's behalf.
Just as with Charlotte's addition, the involvement of another superstar into the mix dampens the fire in this feud. Rousey needs to go straight for Lynch - and only Lynch.
6 Should: As A Money In The Bank Participant
Like the Royal Rumble, the Money In The Bank Ladder match is a great opportunity for wrestlers to return, debut or interfere with a match and drastically alter the WWE landscape. The briefcase is a valuable asset, which could potentially grant Rousey a ticket to a one-on-one match against The Man.
Rousey has proved that she is capable of performing in big matches with high stakes, pulling off some impressive spots. It would excite the crowd to see Rousey return in such a significant way.
5 Shouldn't: Interfering With Sasha vs. Becky
The return of The Boss was a big moment, as fans popped for Banks as she returned to Raw only to attack Natalya and Becky Lynch, turning heel with a loud statement. In one night, Banks made herself the biggest villain in the women's division and a collision with The Man is bound to happen.
Rousey and Sasha Banks had an excellent match at Royal Rumble 2019 and the door remains open for the two to revisit their feud. Rousey's return still needs to wait until after The Boss and The Man have clashed, however, so as to fully capitalize on the momentum.
4 Should: At The Authority's Invitation
Although the Baddest Woman on the Planet has had her clashes with Triple H and Stephanie McMahon in the past, when she returns it should be with their approval. Becky Lynch thrives as an anti-establishment babyface and Rousey works well as a heel, so it only makes sense to have them further at odds.
This would also be a good opportunity to plant further seeds for another showdown between The Man and The Authority. A match between Becky Lynch and Stephanie McMahon could potentially be on the cards.
3 Shouldn't: With An Announced Return Date
When Ronda Rousey returns to WWE after a lengthy hiatus (following her defeat at WrestleMania), it should be sudden and unexpected. Announcing her return beforehand would only cause hype to fizzle out, stopping this storyline before it gets started.
A shock appearance by Rousey at a big match involving Becky Lynch - a title match against Sasha Banks, possibly - would make the crowd pop and generate further interest in the WWE brand.
2 Should: As Captain Of A Survivor Series Team
The collision of the Raw and SmackDown rosters during Survivor Series is a significant moment in WWE. Having Rousey return as captain of the SmackDown women's team, putting her in direct conflict with Raw's captain Becky Lynch, would be a great way to capitalize on this feud.
The nature of the Survivor Series match would provide an opportunity for other women in the locker room to be involved without taking too much of the spotlight from Rousey and Lynch. Each Superstar could pursue different storylines that could propel the narrative of the women's division going forward.
1 Shouldn't: As A Babyface
Ronda Rousey thrived when working as a heel, as fans were eager to cheer for wrestling babyface Becky Lynch. Keeping the narrative clear and having The Man as the fan-favorite against an obnoxious Rousey would be a great way to utilize the fan reactions.
Rousey has improved on the mic and she delivers her facial expressions well. The exchanges between the two performers would draw fans' attention.