When WWE announced that they’d signed Ronda Rousey to a contract, the company made a big deal about Rousey signing on as a “full-time” wrestler. But in the current WWE landscape and in the context of Rousey’s mainstream star power, what exactly does “full-time” mean? Brock Lesnar is, in a manner of speaking, a “full-time” WWE wrestler, though he did do that one fight in UFC with WWE’s permission which he later failed a PED test for (doh!). But Lesnar only shows up for a few dates each year. Compared to most of WWE’s wrestler’s, Lesnar only actually wrestles “part-time.”
Hoping to clear things up a little, WWE announced today that Rousey will be present at every WWE Raw event from today until WrestleMania, which is definitely more full-time than Brock Lesnar’s full time (though WWE is also currently working Brock’s part-time status as an angle in a doomed attempt to get Roman Reigns over). WWE.com’s announcement reads:
Raw is about to get a lot more Rowdy!
It has been announced that Ronda Rousey will appear on every single episode of Raw leading up to WrestleMania. “Rowdy” Ronda will make special appearances in:
3/5 – BMO Harris Bradley Center, Milwaukee
3/12 – Little Caesars Arena, Detroit
3/19 – American Airlines Center, Dallas
3/26 – Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland
4/2 – Philips Arena, Atlanta
What impact will Rousey have on the Road to WrestleMania? Tune in to Raw every week to find out!
Then again, if you announce a Superstar as appearing at televised events in “special appearances,” that signifies that these may be special circumstances and that Rousey could begin appearing on a reduced schedule after WrestleMania season is over. In addition, most WWE Superstars also work non-televised house shows in addition to televised appearances. Of course, that may end up being the correct way for WWE to use Rousey. She’s still new to professional wrestling, and as a star from outside WWE she has drawing power as a special attraction and it makes sense to advertise her that way. That being said, if WWE plans to make Rousey the centerpiece of the Women’s Division, hopefully, they’re able to strike a better balance than with Lesnar, whose infrequent appearances and even less frequent title defenses have detracted from Raw over the past year
People are still gonna cheer him over Reigns, though.
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