Ronda Rousey’s arrival in WWE should’ve been a moment of great triumph for Raw Commissioner Stephanie McMahon and WWE Chief Operating Officer Triple H. Instead, their signing of the sports icon quickly turned tumultuous when Raw General Manager Kurt Angleopted to speak out with some inconvenient “truths.”
During Rousey’s historic Raw contract signing at WWE Elimination Chamber, Angle put Triple H & Stephanie on blast, saying they were most excited about getting “Hot Ronda” under contract to “own” the “has-been” and exact measures of retribution from when she embarrassed them during an in-ring confrontation at WrestleMania 31. “Rowdy” Ronda did not take kindly to these claims and retaliated by shockingly smashing The King of Kings through a table. Rousey’s bold move prompted Stephanie to try and slap the life out of the first-ever UFC Women’s Bantamweight Champion, but she quickly fled the ring when it appeared that Rousey was going to strike back.
The Authority tried to do damage control the next night on Raw. Once it was clear that something had promoted Angle to be much more concerned about his job than he had 24 hours earlier, WWE’s power couple proceeded to backtrack the claims that got Rousey’s temperature rising in the first place. It appeared all had been quelled when Stephanie surprisingly even apologized to Ronda, but the good vibes died quickly when The Game suddenly blindsided the Raw GM with a punch right to his face.
On Raw the next week, Stephanie reminded Ronda that bosses sometimes make decisions that are difficult to understand, and asked Rousey who she wanted to face in her first WWE match at WrestleMania, and The Baddest Woman on the Planet immediately targeted Stephanie.
Both Triple H and Stephanie hemmed and hawed at the request, stating that she couldn’t compete due to her being an executive, but The Olympic Hero quickly struck back, reminding her that, on top of their executive contracts, Stephanie and The Game both also had deals in place as WWE Superstars. Using that technicality, he quickly made a match pitting him & “Hot Ronda” against Triple H & Stephanie in a Mixed Tag Team Match at WrestleMania 34. Ronda & Kurt sealed the deal by taking down The Authority, signaling that The Road to WrestleMania would be anything but best for business.
Will the pairing of Ronda Rousey & Kurt Angle, two of the most decorated sports figures of all time, silence The Authority at WrestleMania? Or, will Stephanie McMahon & Triple H overcome Rousey & Angle’s impressive pedigrees with Pedigrees of their own on The Grandest Stage of Them All?