Paul Heyman spoke with Le New York Post where he hinted that Rousey may have already extended his contract with WWE during his absence.
“It’s another funny thing about people not discussing their business in public forums,” Heyman said when asked if fans would see Rousey in WWE again before that April date. “Everyone is assuming that Ronda Rousey’s contract expires at some point. I don’t understand why people don’t realize that maybe, maybe Ronda Rousey’s contract was extended or that she worked out a new deal and that wouldn’t benefit either. WWE or Ronda Rousey will make this information public. But why wouldn’t people understand that this would be kept a secret? ”
Keeping things a secret would be a mark on Rousey, as her WWE debut was kept under wraps by many who she shared a locker room with. Additionally, if WWE doesn’t have immediate plans for Rousey to perform during the pandemic, it wouldn’t make much sense to announce a contract extension if it still won’t be scheduled for months.
Heyman also hinted that if Rousey returned to WWE then it would be on a big stage that would almost rule out the WWE Thunderdome and in front of no real fans.
“Ronda Rousey is a trailblazer, and I would suggest that the next time you see Ronda Rousey, she makes history in whatever she does,” Heyman said. “And if she does it with WWE, it’s going to be something that elevates the way women’s wrestling is performed and presented because Ronda will never be the status quo. Ronda Rousey will always disrupt the status quo and create a new environment for others to aspire to. ”
During his absence, Rousey has already planted the seeds for new storylines and matches to his potential return. In April, she referred to her time in WWE as “having fake fights for fun,” which didn’t suit many in the women’s locker room. Lana and Alexa Bliss were among those who called on Rousey for choosing those words and it could be the backdrop from an angle if she returned.