Greg DeMarco takes a look at the odds for Ronda Rousey moving away from WWE after WrestleMania 35.
WrestleMania season is upon is, and with that comes a plethora of wrestling news that is hard to decipher. Is it true? You’ve got fans upset because Charlotte Flair got added to the Becky Lynch vs Ronda Rousey match, when Charlotte was the original plan anyway. No one knows what’s happening with Dean Ambrose. Vince McMahon is using Kofi Kingston to take fans on a ride that they aren’t sure they like, but will probably love in the end. Kurt Angle is wrestling Baron Corbin, yet Jinder Mahal doesn’t have a match. (Okay, that last part is just me!)
Not lost in all of this is the fact that Ronda Rousey might be going away—short term, long term, or forever, after vaulting women into the main event of WrestleMania.
How real is the possibility of Ronda disappearing? Sports Betting Dime, which reports on the betting odds of every major sport and more, also has odds on WWE. According to SBD’s odds, Rousey is unlikely to really quit WWE following WrestleMania 35. Odds of her quitting is +350 while odds of her staying is +300. Although she may not be quitting, it won’t be surprising to see her taking some time off seeing as she isn’t advertised for any events past WrestleMania 35.
What does this mean? It means that you stand to win slightly more by betting on Ronda to quit—but the key word there is slightly. It also means that if you were to place a bet, betting on Ronda Rousey to stay in WWE past WrestleMania 35 is the safer bet.
Ronda Rousey made her WWE in-ring debut at WrestleMania 34, teaming with Kurt Angle to defeat Triple H and Stephanie McMahon. Ronda’s performance captured the imagination of fans everywhere, leading to Ronda eventually dethroning Alexa Bliss to become Raw Women’s Champion, and working the main event of Evolution, WWE’s first ever all-women’s pay-per-view event. Since that result, Ronda has seen her character shift into a UFC fighter that half-despises the worked nature of the wrestling business, and she has become a heat-magnet in the process.
I think the most likely scenario is indeed Ronda taking time off, but still staying in the company in the long run. Her character has been taken through the ringer during this WrestleMania build, which can do a number on a veteran—let along someone with a year of experience in the business. Plus, the topic of an off-season has been hotly discussed, including our own Rob Bonnette developing the framework for a plan to give talent time off.
What say you? Do you believe that Ronda staying should be a slight favorite over her leaving? Sound off in the comments or on social media!