Opinion: Ronda Rousey leaving after WrestleMania makes her look bad
- Don't take your ball and go home right after WrestleMania, Ronnie!
If things all go according to plans for the WWE fans, Becky Lynch will walk out of WrestleMania 35 as the Raw Women's Champion after beating both Ronda Rousey and Charlotte Flair.
She is technically suspended for 60 days but will eventually be reinstated before April, especially after Rousey laid the Raw Women's Championship at the feet of Stephanie McMahon on Raw last week.
Rousey was upset after being attacked by Lynch once again, and she implored McMahon to reinstate Lynch for the match at WrestleMania. She claimed she didn't need WWE and that she was perfectly fine with walking away from the company.
It was obviously some foreshadowing for the post-WrestleMania season as Rousey has already been rumored to step away from WWE following The Show of Shows in April.
Whether she leaves to recharge her battery, start a family or for another reason, unlike Brock Lesnar, she has more than earned some time off.
But if Rousey departs after her first singles loss in the WWE, it will only further tarnish the perception that she cannot handle losing.
After she lost the UFC Women's Bantamweight Championship to Holly Holm at the end of 2015, things went downhill for Rousey. She had dark thoughts and had trouble coping with the loss.
It took her a year to get back into the octagon, but the results weren't any better as she was knocked out by Amanda Nunes, who currently holds both the Women's Bantamweight and Featherweight titles in UFC.
Conventional thinking has Rousey losing the title to Lynch at 'Mania. When will she leave the WWE on the rumored hiatus? Would it be right after the event, a week later, or after a potential rematch?
The reality of Rousey leaving WWE, for whatever reason, after a potential loss at WrestleMania 35 only perpetuates the whole 'take your ball and go home' adage that she cannot handle losing.
While WWE is predetermined, leaving after a potential loss at WrestleMania goes along with how she took losing to both Holly Holm and Amanda Nunes very hard.
She's used to winning, and when someone hasn't experienced a loss in their respective sport, they often react drastically or are unsure of how to handle the situation.
It goes back to the Royal Rumble match build with Sasha Banks telling Rousey 'she'll teach her how to lose with dignity'.
Rousey ultimately won but there is always a shred of truth in some of the statements that Superstars make. She appears to be a very emotional person, and nothing is wrong with that.
But in the world of professional wrestling, a perception like the one that follows Rousey after losses in competition doesn't put the best light on someone that the McMahons are counting on to carry the company forward.
The lessons you'd want to teach children and future athletes if you are a role model is that you can learn a lot from losing and that you need to pick yourself up off the ground when things don't go your way.
If those aren't lessons being taught to the current crop of kids, then things will only get worse for the perception of one of WWE's biggest stars.Published 03 Mar 2019, 08:10 IST