Stop me if you’ve heard this one, but Ronda Rousey is in WWE now, and it’s a big freaking deal. She’s set to make her next appearance for WWE at the Elimination Chamber, where she’s supposed to sign a contract with the Raw brand. We’ll see whether it actually goes down as planned. (It super will.)
But according to pretty much everyone and all reports and common sense and what have you, Rousey won’t actually have her first pro wrestling match until the biggest show of the year, WrestleMania 34. But that’s not stopping WWE from going full-bore with making Rousey one of the faces of the entire company on marketing materials.
ESPN’s Arash Markazi got one of the first looks at the special collector edition tickets for SummerSlam (because that’s a thing), and Rousey is one of the 16 Superstars on the surprisingly boss-as-hell lenticular ticket.
A lenticular ticket! For SummerSlam! That’s incredible, and it also immediately falls in the category of “Things I Never Knew I Wanted And Suddenly Desperately Need, But Don’t, Like, $400 Or Whatever Need.” It’s a pretty specific category, admittedly, but show me the lie.
I mean, we all already knew Rousey was going to be at SummerSlam. She’ll be at all the Big Four (or whatever) events from WrestleMania 34 until whenever the day comes that she no longer works for WWE. And why the heck wouldn’t WWE put their biggest and most marketable mainstream star on the dang tickets?
Worth noting: the other Superstars on the ticket are (in Rousey’s grouping) Rousey, Roman Reigns, the Usos, Naomi, Braun Strowman, Charlotte Flair, and Shinsuke Nakamura; and (in the other grouping) the New Day, Randy Orton, Sasha Banks, AJ Styles, Seth Rollins and Samoa Joe. If this is a taste of the most marketable stars in the company right now … well done, everyone. And congrats, Samoa Joe. And sorry, Finn Bálor.