Ronda Rousey Welcomed Back

In spite of some recent inflammatory comments, it appears that WWE leadership would welcome Ronda Rousey back with open arms, should the former RAW Champion want to return. Also, there’s a bit of insight into WWE finally having some semblance of fans at this week’s RAW.

Ronda Rousey Welcomed Back To WWE

Not that long ago, former RAW Women’s Champion Ronda Rousey seemed to burn some bridges. Now, we are hearing that Ronda Rousey would be welcomed back to WWE.

According to the report, Triple H spoke recently and declared that Ronda Rousey would absolutely be welcomed back to WWE.

At first blush, this news may seem surprising. After all, several top WWE Superstars took umbrage with her remarks.

Ronda Rousey Welcomed Back

When we look more closely at this news, which TMZ reported, it makes sense. Rousey is one of the best in the world in terms of fighting sports, and she is absolutely a draw.

In a day and age where WWE is more and more driven by ratings, you don’t turn down someone like Ronda Rousey. From WWE’S vantage point, welcoming Ronda Rousey back is a no brainer.

The bigger question, of course, is whether or not Ronda Rousey actually wants to be welcomed back. Back when she stepped away following her WrestleMania loss in 2019, it was believed that she wanted to start a family.

Thus far, we’ve not heard how those family plans are going (not that we need to). Will she continue to stay away until she has a family?

RAW’s Fans Finally Explained

WWE has not had a show in front of a live audience for months. That changed, sort of, this past Monday on RAW.

The company finally opted to have NXT and other developmental talent on hand to serve as the audience. This is something that AEW has been doing for weeks already.

So, with the competition already deploying talent to serve as the audience, why did it take WWE so long?

According to WrestlingNews, Vince McMahon was concerned over the optics. Specifically, in the midst of a global pandemic requiring social distancing, McMahon was concerned how it would look to have talent nearby and in the Performance Center.

That viewpoint is someone funny when you think about it. McMahon was worried that it would look bad to have faux fans at ringside. Most fans watching at home thought it looked bad to perform in front of no one.

They aren’t the only ones who didn’t like empty arenas.

Many Superstars don’t seem to be fans of wrestling in empty arenas either, for what it’s worth.

According to the report, this week’s RAW and SmackDown were taped with the NXT and developmental talents on hand as fans. It is expected that the subsequent RAW and SmackDown episodes, to be taped this week, will also use the new fans.

NXT’s show on Wednesday evening is also presumed to make use of the Superstars as fans.

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What is probably the most interesting is that the decision to finally use fans comes into play several months after things got turned upside down. Considering response to the empty buildings, I am surprised McMahon waited as long as he did.

With restrictions remaining in place for the near future, it will be interesting to see if WWE makes use of similar plans for upcoming PPVs, including the Biggest Party Of The Summer.

SummerSlam had been slated for Boston in August, but that city has already banned large gatherings until September.