Ronda Rousey
Former WWE Raw Women's Champion Ronda Rousey returned to pro wrestling at the WWE Royal Rumble on January 29, 2022. WWE


  • Ariel Helwani is completely open to working with Ronda Rousey in WWE
  • Rousey's promo skills have gotten better since she first joined the promotion
  • Helwani being the voice of Rousey's would-be faction makes him the ideal choice

Ronda Rousey is back to being the champion of the SmackDown women's division.

While many WWE fans have grown to appreciate her work in the ring, her skills on the microphone still leave a lot to be desired.

To help address her on that end, famed combat sports analyst Ariel Helwani publicly offered his services to be Rousey's mouthpiece.

At around the 45-minute mark of his MMA Hour podcast, Helwani was asked about which pro wrestling star would benefit from his presence as their manager to which he immediately brought up Rousey.

"I could have and could help Ronda Rousey. Can't beat that. [Rousey's] not great on the mic, not believable, a little too stiff if you will. Have me, the voice of the voiceless, the voice of MMA, the voice of combat sports, come out there and cut promos on her behalf. That's what I wanna do. I don't wanna cut promos on my behalf, I wanna cut promos on other people's behalf," Helwani explained.

To her credit, Rousey has been steadily improving on the mic since joining WWE full-time in 2017, but fans have been up-and-down on her promos since.

As Helwani noted, she does tend to get a bit stiff on the microphone.

One thing that she improved on mightily though is how she deals with the crowds that constantly try to derail her in-ring promos.

Prior to her two-year hiatus, Rousey would have been visibly perplexed at the response that she had been getting, but she has since grown accustomed to it and her being a heel helped out a lot in that regard.

But other than that, Rousey could definitely benefit from having someone else do the talking for her and play a more toned-down, women's counterpart of Roman Reigns who had benefited greatly from his partnership with Paul Heyman.

Rousey and WWE have been teasing her partnering up with Shayna Baszler to form a heavy-hitting women's faction which could have them bring in names such as division staple and former women's mixed martial arts (MMA) fighter Sonya Deville and NXT mainstay Ivy Nile.

WWE could likely package it as a faction based on their love for the sport of MMA, and having Helwani be their spokesperson will be the cherry on top.

Looking to build upon his initial pitch, Helwani later added the following:

"Night and day, easy job, easy job. She's legit. She's a real fighter. She's a real badass. She snapped people's arms. If you get caught in one of those things, you're done. That would've been a fun one," he stated.

Helwani has been covering WWE programming for BT Sport since leaving ESPN in 2021 and has had sit-down interviews with the company's biggest names like Reigns, Triple H, Paul Heyman, Rey Mysterio and Seth Rollins.

Because of the general respect that he commands from the MMA and combat sports community, it would not be a surprise for Triple H and WWE to leverage their partnership with Helwani into a program with Rousey.

Ariel Helwani, MMA
Journalist Ariel Helwani accepts his Journalist of the Year award during the ninth annual Fighters Only World Mixed Martial Arts Awards at The Venetian Las Vegas on March 2, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. David Becker/WireImage via Getty Images