WWE Raw Women’s Champion Ronda Rousey certainly has been competing under a much different schedule than her UFC colleague Brock Lesnar. Since arriving in WWE back at the Royal Rumble PPV in 2018, Rousey has surprised fans by making regular television, live event and PPV appearances, and has been a full-time WWE star.
As of this writing, Rousey is scheduled to defend her Raw Women’s Title against both Charlotte Flair and Becky Lynch at WrestleMania 35 in New Jersey, however, her status with WWE following the big PPV is in question.
According to a new report from The Wrestling Observer Newsletter, the belief backstage in WWE is that Ronda Rousey will be finishing up as full-time WWE star following WrestleMania 35, and if not, then shortly after the PPV.
“There was a decent amount of talk this past week internally, since we heard it from several people, that Rousey would finish up at WrestleMania,” reads The Observer report.
The report adds it remains unknown if Rousey will be quitting WWE altogether or will be working a lighter schedule, similar to that of Brock Lesnar, however, it does appear as if fans should not expect to see Rousey with her current amount of regularity.
Prior to Rousey signing with WWE, the agreement on both sides was a one-year full-time deal, and Rousey has made it clear she intends to settle down with her husband, Travis Browne, and raise a family, something which might prevent her from working full-time for WWE.
However, back in August of 2018, during an interview with ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne, Rousey admitted her time in WWE might be longer than expected. “We had a set timeline set, and now we aren’t so sure about it because I love it so much,” she said. “I guess that’s the best thing that could’ve happened, that I would love it so much it would be so hard to stop. I can see why people have a hard time leaving this industry because it’s such a joy to be a part of every day.”
Since Rousey arrived in WWE, she has accomplished quite a bit in a short amount of time, competing in several high profile bouts at PPV events, and winning the Raw Women’s Title at SummerSlam back in August. When Rousey won the title, some fans believed it was too soon for the “rookie” WWE star, however, if WWE officials knew prior to Rousey’s TV debut that they would only have her on a full-time basis for one year, that knowledge might have played into the company’s decision to fast-track her all the way to the top of the women’s division.