11 Big Ways WWE WrestleMania 32 Has Changed

11. No More Ronda Rousey

Ronda Rousey was one of WWE's biggest plans for WrestleMania 32. The company was actively courting the UFC Women's Bantamweight Champion, and she was clearly bowled over by their advances. She's a big WWE fan and loved the idea of getting involved. WWE first got her on board with a ringside seat at SummerSlam 2014, in which they showed her on camera and later shot a backstage skit with Stephanie McMahon. The follow up was at WrestleMania 31, with a full blown segment in which Rousey (who had been sat watching the whole show at ringside) entered the ring and arm barred Stephanie. She then took Triple H down, before celebrating with The Rock. The lengthy angle was a great Mania segment in itself, but the long term plan was for it to set up Rousey versus Stephanie at Mania 32, or Rousey and Rock versus Stephanie and Hunter. In the months afterwards, WWE continued to mention Rousey on their television, website, and social media. However, the plans for Rousey are now dead. She's signed on to shoot a film in 2016, which will require her in Indonesia during early April. She has stated that she won't be able to appear at Mania. In truth, even without the film, UFC President Dana White was always unlikely to sanction his top star 'wrestling' in a WWE ring. So WWE's dreams are dashed, and Stephanie looks like she'll miss out on an ego-satisfying spot on the biggest wrestling show of all time. This major match is on the scrap heap, and while it would have done well in the mainstream, wrestling and MMA fans really didn't want to see Stephanie versus Rousey anyway. Maybe it is for the best that it fell through.
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