As Ever, Eric Bischoff being the Best Heel in Wrestling matter.Former WCW President Eric Bischoff discussed Ronda Rousey signing with WWE in an interview that I conducted with him earlier this week. Bischoff noted that Rousey "got her ass handed to her badly" in her last two fights, which caused her mystique to be damaged. However, he felt that what hurt her worse was how she handled those losses to the press and to the public.
"She was bitter and she didn't handle those losses with the kind of grace that could have endeared her to the audience," Bischoff said. "She could have been a bigger star and a bigger babyface as a result of those losses than she possibly would have been had she won them. Rather than seizing that opportunity and seeing that opportunity for what it was in that moment and being a gracious loser and acknowledging that she got beat - because she got beat by a better athlete on that particular night - she would have gotten more over because of that in some ways than when she was beating people up."
In 2015, Rousey was looked at as a modern-day female Mike Tyson, finishing all of her MMA fights (with only two going past the first round) and compiling a 12-0 record. It got to the point where many people, including former WWE Hall of Famer Jesse Ventura, felt that Rousey would be able to beat boxing legend Floyd Mayweather Jr. in a fight.
Rousey entered her UFC 193 fight on November 15, 2015 against Holly Holm as a -2000 favorite. She ended up getting knocked out in the second round. A year later, she blacked out the media and faced Amanda Nunes on December 30, 2016 at UFC 207, only to get defeated via TKO in 48 seconds.
"When she crapped all over the media and crapped all over the fans by refusing to do interviews and being bitter, it turned the audience against her, but not in a way that you can build upon. There's a way of getting heat that works for you, and there's a way of getting heat that works against you. The heat that she created for herself was not the latter."
Bischoff noted that when talk of Rousey joining WWE picked up after her loss to Nunes, he had said that it would be a bad idea because of the booking challenges that it creates.
"What is the WWE going to do, bring her in and have her wipe out half of the entire women's division because she's the baddest woman on the planet? That won't work. Are they going to put her over as a babyface? Eh, good luck with that. So there's some real creative character challenges there."
Despite the potential conundrum that WWE faces in booking Rousey, Bischoff said that there are people in WWE that are up for that challenge.
"I think given the time and the patience and acknowledging where Ronda has been the last 16 - 18 months of her life and figuring out how to create that character and that storyline in full acknowledgement of that history, I think that there's a way to do it. But they're going to have to be careful."
Source: Wrestling Inc