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Alexa Bliss Would Be a Good Opponent For Ronda Rousey

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A program between Raw Women’s Champion Alexa Bliss and former UFC Women’s Bantamweight Champion “Rowdy” Ronda Rousey? It could happen.

As the WWE’s annual Royal Rumble draws closer, there’s a lot of speculation that the women’s Royal Rumble contest will include Rousey. There were reports that she and WWE Executive Triple H were spotted having dinner together, which added fuel to the rumors of her potential debut. If Rousey, who has never has been in a WWE ring as a competitor, wins the Rumble, she would have her pick of either challenging for the Raw or Smackdown Women’s championship.

Yet the notion that Rousey could be coming to WWE doesn’t seem to worry Bliss. During an interview, TMZ asked the Raw Women’s Champion if she was concerned about Rousey possibly coming for her belt.

Bliss’ scoffed at the idea of the former UFC champion challenging her for the gold.

“Please. I’m a fighting champion, I’m not worried about anybody taking my belt. The title is mine.”

Some MMA fans may have been shocked at Bliss’ answer. How dare she not tremble at the mighty Ronda Rousey?!

However, wrestler fans who have followed her career aren’t too surprised as the champion’s words. As a heel, she has every right to be arrogant. Since she came to Monday Night Raw last year. During her time on the red brand, Bliss has won the women’s title on two occasions.

Since Bliss debuted on the main roster, she has been constantly in the women’s championship picture – she held the Smackdown Women’s Championship twice before coming to Raw. Given her accomplishments on the main roster, Bliss wouldn’t admit that Rousey could beat her in a match.

If Rousey comes to the WWE, fans believe her first program will be against current Smackdown Women’s title holder Charlotte Flair or the unbeaten Asuka. There’s also the Four Horsewomen vs. Four Horsewomen dream match that some fans are salivating over.

However, a case could made to pit the former UFC champion against Bliss in a big angle. Bliss isn’t among the usual list of potential opponents when the topic of Rousey in WWE is brought up, but she would be a good foil for the former MMA competitor.

At first it seems like Bliss would make a terrible opponent for Rousey in terms of in-ring style. The Rowdy one comes in with an accomplished judo background and an impressive MMA resume while Bliss’ wrestling credentials mainly consist of her time at the Performance Center. Bliss’ lack of combat sports experience could be something Rousey exploits, not only in the ring, but also in her promos leading up their match. She could even bash Bliss for being a cheerleader and a bodybuilder.

But part of what makes this match intriguing is that Bliss isn’t a typical opponent for Rousey. While Rousey can rely on her athletic background to possibly destroy Bliss in a ring, Little Miss Bliss can use her experience and wits as a heel to gain a dirty win. There’s also her association with Nia Jax, who Rousey would face on the way to meeting Bliss. 

There’s also the chance during a match Rousey could underestimate Bliss or a mistake and it costs her. Rousey would have to come up with a different game plan to defeat Bliss in their rematch, one that might involve some backhanded tactics. 

Bliss would a good test for Rousey when it comes to promos as well. The Raw Women’s Champion can generate heat and control the crowd. Even though Bliss doesn’t have Rousey’s MMA record, she wouldn’t be afraid to stand in front of her and call her a loser to her face. If she wanted to break kayfabe, she could talk about how she spent time making it to WWE while Rousey got there because of her name.

Would a program between Rousey and Bliss be a five-star feud? Maybe, if fans give it a chance. More importantly, it would elevate both competitors. Rousey would still have an opportunity to wrestle for a WWE title and Bliss would be propelled to the next level in her wrestling career.

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WWE Smackdown vs. Raw: Who won this week? January 7, 2019

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The Good

For Raw, the main event between Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose for the Intercontinental championship was a great match and a good way to end this rivalry and move forward with both competitors. Ambrose ended up winning after Bobby Lashley interfered and attacked Rollins. This made sense as the show opened with Rollins and Lashley brawling and these two have been at each other for the past few weeks. What’s really good to take out of this is now Rollins can focus on the Royal Rumble and Ambrose can focus on who is next contender is for his championship.

For Smackdown, the push for Shane McMahon and The Miz to go for the tag team championship was an entertaining way to help build this match up at the Royal Rumble. After Shane expressed aggressiveness and prove worthiness to earn a championship match, the Miz tried to impress him by going out there and challenging the Bar to that match by himself. The challenge was accepted and even though that isn’t what Shane meant, they are getting the match that wanted when they first formed.

The Bad

For Raw, the Braun Strowman and Brock Lesnar “face to face” segment fell flat. Strowman struggled on his delivery of insults to Lesnar, and the “face to face” was more of just Lesnar walking around the ring over and over again without getting in Strowman’s face. At this point, anybody but Brock Lesnar needs to hold the Universal championship in order to give it a more important feel. 

For Smackdown, there was nothing they had that was really too bad. Smackdown was able to give proper time for all the rivalries they are building up. 

The Final Verdict

Smackdown has been hitting on all the right cylinders with their shows for a while now. Once they establish a championship match for the PPV, they give proper buildup and interesting scenarios for each one. Along with that, when Smackdown wants to build up a rivalry just for their show, they are able to do that effectively as well. While Raw does try to do the same, there segments and matches just don’t have the spark that Smackdown is able to deliver. So, with that said, Smackdown had the better show this week. In conclusion, the Royal Rumble is one of the big 4 PPV’s for the year of 2019 for WWE, and so far it looks like everything is going right for Smackdown while Raw is still trying to find their footing.

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Nikki Cross Posts Farewell to NXT

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WWE superstar Nikki Cross is on her way to the main roster, looking likely to land on the SmackDown roster.

Cross posted the following farewell to NXT, where he has spent the past few years, on her social media page:

See you down the road @WWENXT
This isn’t goodbye…we caused far too much mischief and had too much fun doing it for this to be it… pic.twitter.com/0Fk8wEEUzX— Nikki Cross (@NikkiCrossWWE) January 10, 2019

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Matt Hardy Hinting at In-Ring Return

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Matt Hardy may not be done wrestling after all.

The WWE superstar, and future WWE Hall of Famer, had been rumored to been winding down his career and transitioning to a backstage role in 2018 as he was dealing with a number of nagging injuries.

Hardy also posted a couple of videos, and posts on social media, that echoed those intentions, at least they appeared to.

Now, Hardy seems to be hinting at an in-ring return in WWE.

Excited to check out the 1st #RAW of 2019 tonight, especially with all the interesting things that are advertised. Most importantly, I need to see where all the pieces are positioned & moving to on the @WWE chess board.

ALMOST TIME TO GET BACK INTO THE GREAT GAME…. AGEEN! pic.twitter.com/WFXeCiHb1h— #WOKEN, yet #BROKEN, Matt Hardy (@MATTHARDYBRAND) January 8, 2019

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