FOX aims for Ronda Rousey on SmackDown next year

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As reported by Wrestling Inc., FOX wants Ronda Rousey on SmackDown for 2019.

It’s been known for some time that FOX will host SmackDown, starting next year. The network has recently shared that it wants SmackDown to have a more sports like feel to it, rather than a comedy-heavy show, so that it will fit in with the network’s other sports programming.

In order to fit in with that scheme, Fox is looking to add Ronda Rousey to the SmackDown lineup, which they expect to make her a key player in their efforts to do cross promotional campaigns between FOX’s other programs, and WWE.

FOX has stated they feel Rousey’s MMA history, her rise to the top of WWE, credibility, and name recognition will be a major selling point for SmackDown, as well as the network’s intention of being sports focused.

Rousey is the standing RAW Women’s Champion. Traditionally, trades between brands and Superstar Shakeups happen after WrestleMania. Will Rousey get traded immediately after WrestleMania, or will they decide to wait until closer to next year?