ESPN's Jonathan Coachman knows a bit about the WWE, having worked for them for years. So, it makes sense that Busted Open Radio went to him for some post-UFC 207 analysis on former bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey's possible future in the WWE.
Not long ago it looked as though Rousey could be headed into pro wrestling after UFC 207. Just last month WWE chief brand officer Stephanie McMahon told USA Today that her company was very interested in doing business with Ronda Rousey.
However, following two straight one-sided losses and extended time away from the public eye, Coachman is certain that the WWE will no longer be interested in employing The Rowdy One. "As far as the WWE is concerned, they don’t bring in a broken star, and that is what she is. She is broken from a professional sense. They don’t rebuild broken celebrities outside of the WWE," he said.
"Brock [Lesnar] started in the WWE. Ken Shamrock was a fighter who lost, but any of these comparisons, are not only fair to them, but they’re not fair to Ronda Rousey. They are never going to bring her in because the fans won’t treat her fairly, and what exactly are they going to do with her at this point?”
Coachman said that his stance wasn't merely "a guess, or an educated guess." Even after Rousey's loss to Holm Coachman believes the WWE would have brought in Rousey.
Two consecutive blowout losses is too much for the WWE to turnaround, according to the commentator. Rousey was long promoted as an unstoppable force.
Now that she is clearly very beatable, Coachman says that she simply can't be promoted by the wrasslin' world effectively. "The WWE would have taken her before the fight," he maintained.
"People want to tweet out pictures of her when she was with The Rock. Guess when that was? That was Wrestlemania, 2015. I’ll say this before, and I will say it again - there has never been an athlete in the history of sports that their self worth...is so tied to their professional success."
We don't know the wrestling business like Coachman does, but we could imagine several ways in which a famous and popular top athlete like Rousey could be built back up in the WWE. Time will tell if she'll still get the chance to try it out or not.