5 Reasons why Ronda Rousey will be a flop in the WWE

Ronda Rousey is a global megastar...but will that ensure success in the WWE?
Ronda Rousey is a global megastar...but will that ensure success in the WWE?

It's all over the internet that Ronda Rousey is on the cusp of signing a deal with the WWE. Not really surprising considering that it's already been reported about how she's been in the performance centre.

But is the WWE signing Ronda Rousey really a good idea?

Sure, on paper, she's still a massive star who has global appeal. But just that isn't enough for someone to make a successful career inside the squared circle.

Wrestlers need to 'pay their dues' and learn the trade the hard way, to start internalising some of the intangibles that go into making a successful pro wrestler.

It's a unique job that many try but few ever manage to excel at.

Will Ronda Rousey excel at it? I, for one, don't think so. And here are 5 reasons why.

As always, if you feel differently or just wish to add on to something I've spoken on, the comments sections are quite available to you on each page.

#1 She can't act to save her life

Ugh. Need I say more?
Need I say more?

Every acting-oriented role that Ronda Rousey has undertaken till now, be it in movies or on Saturday Night Live, I think it's fair to say that she's been underwhelming in.

Well, even that would be putting it in diplomatic terms.

To be quite frank, the word 'cringe' comes to mind quite often when one watches Rousey operate with a script.

And there's no reason to think she won't face the same issues when a microphone is stuck in front of her face and she's required to cut promos in real time.

And that, as we've seen so indelibly with Roman Reigns, is damn near a career killer.

If you don't believe me, I dare you to sit through the 'cringeness' of her skit on Saturday Night Live. You'll probably understand why she was booted out of contention in a couple of movies she auditioned for...for not being able to act.

#2 MMA skills don't translate

Good fighter does not equal good pro wrestler
Good fighter does not equal good pro wrestler

Microphone skill aside, the biggest problem Ronda Rousey faces could still be an inability to adapt to working inside a pro wrestling ring.

WWE likes to play off MMA once in a while, as some of its performers have dabbled in various martial art disciplines before, but truth be told, they're two completely distinct and separate fiefdoms.

There is nothing to suggest that a certain level of mastery in one would translate into the other and despite having MMA fighters do well in pro wrestling and vice versa in the past, it's far from certain that Ronda would.

Although, I have to say that her Judo base could be quite helpful in this matter as it comprises mainly of throws and tosses - something that could easily be tailored into a pro wrestling move set.

#3 Loss of star power

She's just not been the same effervescent personality since her losses
She's just not been the same effervescent personality since her losses

The crowd at WrestleMania 31 went absolutely berserk when Ronda Rousey stepped into the ring to create a timeless moment with the Rock.

She even had a line to speak then...something that went like "whichever ring I step into, is my ring".

Sadly, that has changed now.

At the time of WrestleMania 31, Ronda Rousey was still undefeated, dominant and in her own words, capable of 'beating any woman in her division with one hand tied behind my (her) back."

Of course, since then, she's suffered two knockout losses to Holly Holm and Amanda Nunes and hasn't fought in the UFC in over a year.

And unless the WWE play their cards absolutely right in getting her over, a very natural decline in her star power could be something that they'll have to deal with.

#4 She's lost her confidence

That head of hers hasn't really looked up since...
That head of hers hasn't really looked up since...

Ever since Ronda Rousey was head kicked into oblivion by Holly Holm at UFC 193, we really haven't heard a peep from her.

From a fighter who revelled in all the media attention that she got, she's become somewhat of a recluse, at least as far as MMA media is concerned.

And despite fighting at UFC 200 against Amanda Nunes, she asked for a media blackout before and after the event.

She's not once acknowledged the losses on her record candidly to everyone.

I totally understand that athletes deal with setbacks in different ways...but can't help feeling that her actions are those of someone who's confidence is completely shot. that a good frame of mind with which to embark on a new journey with the WWE?

Where whatever else she is lacking, being confident in front of the camera just cannot be one of them.

#5 She can't play the heel

The moment the audience turns against her...will Ronda Rousey still thrive?
The moment the audience turns against her...will Ronda Rousey still thrive?

One of the major reasons why Ronda Rousey issued the media boycott at UFC 200, as per her camp at least, was that she felt they had turned against her.

If you're a public figure, scrutiny from all quarters is inevitable.

Ronda Rousey embraced it when the media was singing her praises when she was winning fights. The moment she lost, and the criticism started pouring in, she couldn't deal with it anymore.

How is she, then, going to deal with backstage heat, heat from the audience, borderline shoot promos that cut really close to the bone and an audience whose cheers can turn into boos in a drop of a dime in the WWE?

And as we've seen with Roman Reigns...the WWE Universe is pretty merciless in exploiting even the slightest show of weakness in a Superstar.

So can the WWE sign her and continue to keep booking her as a babyface till she decides to call it a day?

And what if she gets booed even then?

I don't know about you. But from where I'm standing right now, the decision to sign Ronda Rousey seems to have more cons than pros.

But hey, stranger things have happened before. And here's to genuinely hoping that I'm wrong about this.

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Edited by Lennard Surrao
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