WWE

Ronda Rousey was never supposed to be a "heel" in the WWE, but fans and Becky Lynch changed that.

By Jimmy Traina
April 03, 2019

1. With WrestleMania 35 taking place this Sunday at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey, "Wrestling Observer" publisher and editor, Dave Meltzer joined the newest SI Media Podcast to discuss the WWE's Super Bowl.

For the first time ever at 'Mania, a women's match will main event the card, but it will not be how the WWE intended it to be. Rousey main eventing WrestleMania was always a consideration when the company signed her, but no one expected her to do it as a heel. 

"They did not plan on turning Ronda Rousey heel," Meltzer said on the podcast. "The fans did it."

Meltzer continued, "The one interesting thing about this show is that this show is very much driven by the fans as much as Vince McMahon. Ultimately, it's Vince McMahon's decisions across the board. But if you look at Kofi Kingston in the match with Daniel Bryan, that was not their idea. They had completely different plans for that, but Kofi Kingston got hot.

"Becky Lynch, she's been in the plan since about November for the match, but there were plans for this dating back to April [of 2018] and she wasn't in the picture until November for that match. And Ronda was supposed to be the babyface in that match. The fans spurred on a lot of changes."

There are a lot of rumors about Rousey's future in the WWE after her WrestleMania match. "Ronda Rousey not booked on anything after Monday," Meltzer told the podcast.

To get information on the rest of the 'Mania card and news on The Undertaker, John Cena, Rob Gronkowski, Roman Reigns, Brock Lesnar and more, check out Meltzer's full appearance on the podcast beginning at the 33-minute mark. You can download the show on iTunes, Spotify and Google Play, or listen below.

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7. RANDOM YOUTUBE VIDEO OF THE DAY: Since it's WrestleMania week, let's remember when the Macho Man won the WWF title at WrestleMania IV. Of course, Hulk Hogan had to make sure he hogged the spotlight, but it was a great moment, nonetheless.

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