For wrestling fans, WWE Raw is losing several of its biggest stars. Both Ronda Rousey and Brock Lesnar, are parting ways from the red brand. However, this doesn’t mean that they won’t survive without them. The expectations are that Ronda Rousey, will be gone from WWE for an extended period of time.
Speculations are, Rousey wants to start a family and has previously had a rather rocky relationship with the entire WWE Universe. Pro wrestling fans, seem to have bittersweet memories of her.
Jeremy Botter from WrestleZone said Rousey may be gone forever. The WWE still hasn’t made a commitment to an all women’s Evolution pay-per-view because Rousey is gone. Is is justified to base decisions on just one wrestling star? Some think that Rousey isn’t quite the WWE star she thinks she is. But this can be argued. She is a household name to many and has brought forth a sense of excitement to the wrestling sport overall.
The assumption is, Rousey, much like Brock Lesnar, were brought into the league to put more eyes on not just its women’s division but the WWE product as a whole. Talking numbers, the paid WWE Network subscriber count at the end of Q1 2017 was 1.574 million. At the end of 2018 it was at 1.59 million.
Meanwhile, during the time between Rousey’s in-ring debut at WrestleMania 34 in April 2018 up until the end of 2018, the subscriber count dropped by more than 96,000 subscribers. With the WWE business model, they seem to not want any of their in house talent to flourish into bigger stars. Rousey was brought in after being one of the biggest draws in UFC history. She was supposed to be their savior it seems.
The red brand generated its worst viewership in the show’s entire 25-year history. Who’s to blame? Fingers need to be pointed somewhere. In regards to Rousey, she had the weight of the world upon her shoulders and certainly exceeded expectations as an in-ring performer. The same cannot be said about her as a drawing card.
Rousey’s adversary Becky Lynch has since become Vince McMahon’s “chosen one”. She now will be the face of the company it seems, as she has been selling merchandise left and right for the WWE. What the future holds for Rousey is unknown but she will likely not be apart of this anymore.