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.
WWE Smackdown vs. Raw: Who won this week? April 16, 2019
For Raw, they got the best addition from the shakeup to their show, which was AJ Styles. After Styles really made his mark on Smackdown, it seemed like WWE creative was running out of ideas of what to do with Styles on Smackdown. So, having him on Raw is really intriguing now and it should be interesting to see what the future holds for him on Raw.
For Smackdown, their biggest addition from the shakeup was Roman Reigns and the way they introduced him to the show was entertaining. After Vince McMahon announced that the “biggest addition in Smackdown history” was Elias, Roman Reigns interrupted and ended up clearing out the ring and declaring that Smackdown is his yard now. Reigns needed a change of scenery after being on Raw for few years, so this is something the WWE universe should be excited for.
For Raw, while it was great to see an NXT tag team called up, the name they gave him is horrible. Formerly known as the War Raiders, who are the current NXT tag team champions were called up to Monday nights. But, they decided to change their name to the Viking Experience, which is one of the worst name changes in WWE history.
For Smackdown, they had a match between Carmella and Charlotte Flair and this felt like filler. After all the new names that they brought onto Smackdown during the shakeup for the women’s division, they could have had one of them in this match instead of putting them all together in the 8-women tag match that was featured on the show later.
The Final Verdict
For these being the superstar shakeup episodes, both shows felt a little underwhelming. While we are able to think of the possibility of matchups that we will see in the future because of this shakeup, the introduction of these new names felt like they should have been a bigger deal. Along with that, it seemed like WWE either was confused on how to handle some of these shakeups or they purposely wanted to confuse the fans. A prime example is how Finn Balor went to Smackdown with the Intercontinental championship. Since this was introduced to us on Smackdown, is there no secondary belt now on Raw? Or did Samoa Joe just automatically move to Raw because he currently was holding the original secondary belt on Smackdown? Overall, as to who had the better show, I will have to say that Raw had the better show. The additions of the Miz, the Usos, Rey Mysterio, Andrade, AJ Styles, and Naomi are all new faces that were due for this. In conclusion, while the shakeup could’ve been handled better, the future should be intriguing as WWE prepares to fully move on from Wrestlemania.
Matt Hardy Responds to John Oliver’s WWE Segment
John Oliver, host of HBO’s popular ‘Last Week Tonight’, took WWE to task in a recent episode over their lack of healthcare for their performers, bringing a dark element of the treatment of WWE superstars to light.
Since then, wrestlers have spoken out, both in support of Oliver’s segment and coming to the defense of WWE.
One of those coming to WWE’s defense is WWE superstar and future Hall of Famer Matt Hardy, who praised WWE and how far they have come over the years.
“When I first started here [1997/1998] the locker room, everything was like the wild wild west then” Hardy said in an interview with FOX Sports (h/t Wrestling Inc). ” The change that has happened in those 20-plus years has been unreal. I mean, now the drug testing is very stringent. … You have to be here, and you have to be good and you have to be on top of your game. You have to be a professional. The physicals they do as far as cardiovascular and just checking you over and over — [there have] been several guys they caught that have had serious [health] issues that could have been life threatening if they didn’t catch it here, and just the way they take care of you. “
“Every surgery I ever had, WWE has paid for. They’re very faithful and very good about that. It’s just some of the stuff that the John talked about was kind of passé, kind of outdated because now they really do [take care of wrestlers’ health]. They take care of everything especially stuff that happens in house. As far as the whole health insurance thing, that’s kind of a different argument, because we do a different gig in many many ways. But WWE has never done anything but be great to me.
“They’ve taking care of me in every capacity, every front. And they’ve given me a great life. I mean one of the characters I play is ‘Big Money’ Matt, who’s like this millionaire that’s been around for a long time, and you know there’s a lot of truth to it in some ways, and I wouldn’t have that persona and I wouldn’t have the great life that I have right now if it wasn’t for WWE.”
WWE Hall of Famer Stevie Ray Talks Not Joining WWE After WCW Buyout
WWE Hall of Famer Stevie Ray, who was inducted as part of Harlem Heat, alongside his brother Booker 2, in this year’s WWE Hall of Fame, recently discussed why he never joined WWE following his career in WCW.
Stevie Ray recently appeared on an episdoe of ‘Conversations with the Big Guy’ with host, and former WWE superstar, Ryback and talked about his thinking when WWE bought WCW.
Although his brother Booker T went on to WWE, Stevie Ray didn’t want to do the same.
“I didn’t want to go to WWF (WWE). As a matter of fact, the last WCW Nitro, I didn’t even attend and they sent me a ticket. Bu,t I was always in the mindset of this is competition to me. This is NFL vs AFL, or National League versus American League in baseball. WCW vs WWF, to be honest with you, bro, I didn’t want to go out like a bitch.”
The Monday Night Wars were hard to get past for Stevie Ray.
“We had been fighting for the team (WCW). But when I heard Vince McMahon had come in, and stuff like that, which I knew was coming, it’s like, you saw the writing on the wall and you put it in the back of your mind.
But at the end of the day I knew it was going to happen. But I didn’t attend the last show because my brother [Booker T] said that they (WWE) are going to be auditioning people. I told him that he should do it, but I’m done.”
Stevie Ray was concerned that WWE would change to Harlem Heat, stripping them of the elements that made that tag team so special.
“I wanted people to remember Harlem Heat as an ass-kicking tag team of color, you see what I’m saying? I didn’t want us to be something else. I didn’t want us to turn into a “Doink the Clown”. So, I’m not saying that they would have done this with Harlem Heat, but, I didn’t want to lose the edge that we once had as Harlem Heat.”
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