Backstage update on Ronda Rousey’s contract status with WWE

According to a new report from F4WOnline, Ronda Rousey’s second stint in WWE could be coming to an end in the near future. 

At Saturday’s Money in the Bank Premium Live Event, Rousey’s longtime friend and training partner, Shayna Baszler turned on Rousey during the WWE Women’s Tag Team Title Match, thus causing them to lose the belts to Raquel Rodriguez and Liv Morgan, who are now two-time WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions. Due to a shoulder injury that Morgan sustained at the May 12 episode of SmackDown, she and Rodriquez were forced to relinquish the tag team titles on the following week’s show.

It was also noted in the report that Baszler turning on Rousey is most likely to set up a feud between the two, which is expected to take place sooner rather than later due to Rousey’s current deal with WWE having a “hard out” date. It is speculated that the match could take place at SummerSlam this August in Detroit or a little bit after, but it would certainly take place long before next year’s WrestleMania.

It was further stated a Rousey/Baszler feud was always in the plans and that Rousey has always wanted to do a feud with Baszler, because it was Baszler who got her into the pro wrestling business.

Rousey and Baszler won the WWE Women’s Tag Championships in a Fatal-Four Way Match on the May 29 episode of WWE Raw. In a match that took place on the June 23 episode of WWE SmackDown, the WWE and NXT Women’s Tag Titles were unified when they defeated Alba Fyre and Isla Dawn, who held the NXT Women’s Tag Titles and brought then with them when they were called up to the main roster.

F4WOnline also notes that with Raquel Rodriguez and Liv Morgan’s victory at Money in the Bank, this is the 21st time the Women’s Tag Team Titles have changed hands. 

After a nearly three-year absence from WWE, Rousey returned to the company at the 2022 Royal Rumble. Rousey defeated Charlotte Flair for the SmackDown Women’s Championship at the 2022 Backlash event, and then lost it to Liv Morgan at last year’s Money in the Bank the following month when live Morgan cashed in her MITB contract. Rousey would then go on to regain the title at Extreme Rules in October of that same year.

After being absent from WWE for just under eight months, Charlotte Flair made a surprise return on the final SmackDown of 2022, defeating Rousey for the Women’s SmackDown Championship. Then at a February 26, 2023 house show, Rousey suffered a fractured radius, but would still worked the Four-Way Women’s Tag Match at WrestleMania 39. 

Rousey is also a former Raw and SmackDown Women’s Champion. Her first run in WWE was from January 2018, with surprise appearance at that year’s Royal Rumble up until she lost a Winner Takes All Triple Threat at WrestleMania 35 that also included Charlotte Flair.