Ronda Rousey’s Rumored Return Would Rescue WWE Raw’s Ailing Women’s Division | Bleacher Report

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The last time anyone saw Ronda Rousey in a WWE ring, she had her shoulders pinned to the mat in the main event of WrestleMania 35 in what served as the coronation of Becky Lynch as the top star in the company.

According to a report by Sean Ross Sapp at Fightful Select (h/t Cageside Seats), The Baddest Woman on the Planet is currently training for a return to McMahonland.

A return that would instantly enhance a Raw women’s division in desperate need of star power and credible challengers to Asuka’s women’s title.


Name Value

Fans unfamiliar with pro wrestling know who Rousey is.

Furthermore, she has real fight credibility, thanks to her dominance in the Octagon. That star power and credibility, was essential to Lynch’s journey to the top of WWE in 2019 and helped hammer home that The Man was now the woman in professional wrestling.

Rousey’s contributions from that perspective are invaluable and would be absolutely key to the reinvention of a Raw women’s division that has undergone quite a few changes since she last set foot inside a squared circle.

Beginning with its face, the current women’s champion, Asuka.


A Battle of the Badasses

There is no denying the talent on the Raw women’s roster. Everyone, from Nia Jax to Peyton Royce to Lana, is valuable assets but have not necessarily been utilized in a manner that elevates the most prestigious prize the brand has to offer.

As a result, Asuka has been left to wallow in mediocrity, her title reign currently impacted by the lack of credible challengers to her throne. Rousey’s return would instantly provide her with a fellow badass that fans could believe would be able to defeat her and take the title.

Furthermore, it would provide fans a fresh match that they have not seen in any grand or spectacular form to this point.

Rousey previously ran through the Raw women’s division over the course of her 231 days as champion. She defeated everyone from Jax to Alexa Bliss to Natalya, but she never tapped out or pinned The Empress of Tomorrow, a fact that could easily add gravity to a potential showdown.

Theirs is a match that could also realistically headline a pay-per-view event, something Asuka has not had the opportunity to do since she made history as the first Women’s Royal Rumble match.

Coincidentally, the same night Rousey debuted and immediately stole Asuka’s spotlight.

A potential feud writes itself while Asuka instantly sees her title reign elevated in importance by working with someone with the crossover, pop culture appeal of Rousey.


Elevating Others and Rekindling Friendships

Naomi, Dana Brooke, Mandy Rose, Lacey Evans and Peyton Royce are all women who would benefit from working with Rousey, too. Even if they were involved in one-week one-offs, sharing the ring with Rousey would provide them the additional spotlight.

And then there is the elephant in the room: her very real friendship with Shayna Baszler and a potential Four Horsewomen

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Amy Coney Barrett Nomination is Mitch McConnell’s Deadly Gift to an Ailing NRA

The National Rifle Association and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell both got serious about politics in 1977. That May, a coup at the NRA led to the installation of a new president who was determined to turn the organization from a sportsmen’s association into a political kingmaker. Five months later, McConnell won his first political contest, becoming the county executive of Louisville, Kentucky.

a person looking at the camera: Seventh U.S. Circuit Court Judge Amy Coney Barrett (L), President Donald Trump's nominee for the U.S. Supreme Court, meets with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) as she begins a series of meetings to prepare for her confirmation hearing, on Capitol Hill on September 29, 2020 in Washington, DC.

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Seventh U.S. Circuit Court Judge Amy Coney Barrett (L), President Donald Trump’s nominee for the U.S. Supreme Court, meets with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) as she begins a series of meetings to prepare for her confirmation hearing, on Capitol Hill on September 29, 2020 in Washington, DC.

Over the next 43 years, McConnell and the NRA grew into political institutions—and they did it with help from each other. All told, the NRA has poured $1.3 million into McConnell’s Senate campaigns. The organization also helped him amass power in Congress, spending more than $20 million in 2014 to elect a Republican majority to the Senate, and $50 million more in 2016 to hold that majority and elect Donald Trump. For his part, McConnell has been a loyal foot soldier to the gun lobby, reliably shutting down any attempt to push common-sense gun safety laws through the Senate, even as nearly 40,000 Americans are killed by gun violence every year.

But with the 2020 election just weeks away, both McConnell and the NRA are teetering on the precipice of a steep political fall. FiveThirtyEight now gives Democrats the edge when it comes to winning the Senate. And the future looks even bleaker for the NRA, which is imploding before our eyes. The once-mighty lobbying group is now under investigation by multiple authorities, riven by infighting that makes the 1977 coup look like a game of Uno, and slowly losing support among Republicans politicians. But even as it becomes increasingly clear that both McConnell and the NRA are in serious trouble, the Majority Leader is trying to jam through one last gift to the gun lobby: Judge Amy Coney Barrett, President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee.

To put it simply, Judge Barrett would be a dream Supreme Court Justice for the NRA — and a nightmare when it comes to the safety of the American people. Just last year, she wrote an alarming opinion opposing laws to keep guns away from people convicted of serious crimes. In Kanter v. Barr, a man who committed fraud argued that laws prohibiting people convicted of felonies from possessing firearms should not apply to him. Two other Republican-appointed judges rejected his argument, noting that laws to disarm felons are “substantially related to the important government objective of keeping firearms away from those convicted of serious crimes.” But Judge Barrett argued that categorically barring non-violent felons from possessing guns violates the Second Amendment — an approach that no federal court of appeals has adopted. She went on to criticize her fellow judges as treating “the Second Amendment as a

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