WWE likes to begin planning for Wrestlemania main events far in advance and with this year’s event now over, it appears the company has the headliner for next year’s Show of Shows – Ronda Rousey versus current Smackdown Women’s Champion Charlotte Flair. If everything comes together, it will be the first time two women main event Wrestlemania.
In the last edition of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter radio – via an article on Wrestling Inc. – WWE is looking to have its newest star Rousey face Flair at Wrestlemania 35, which will take place at Metlife Stadium in 2019.
Rousey has received rave reviews for her performance in her mixed tag team match where she and Raw General Manager Kurt Angle defeated Triple H and Stephanie McMahon. The match saw Rousey submit McMahon to win the bout.
On the same night, Flair retained her Smackdown Women’s title against Asuka in what many have called a good, hard hitting match. According to the report, WWE is apparently trying to have women say they felt Rousey should have headlined the show.
There are also fans who believe the Flair and Asuka match should have closed the event. Fans would have probably preferred either match to the Universal Title match between Roman Reigns and Brock Lesnar that while it was physical, it was panned by the crowd.
A main event match between Flair and Rousey would make sense and it’s something fans have been looking forward to seeing for a long time, even before the Rowdy one signed with WWE.
After Flair, Sasha Banks, Becky Lynch and Bayley were dubbed the “Four Horsewomen of NXT,” which set off Rousey fans, who wanted to see their hero and her companions – Shayna Baszler, Jessamyn Duke and Marina Shafir – confront these wrestlers who had dared steal their trademark.
Both athletes have excelled in their chosen fields – Rousey with combat sports and Flair with wrestling. They are athletic but have charisma to bring the crowd interested. Part of the build could include a Four Horsewomen vs. Four Horsewomen feud, which is something WWE has teased during the Mae Young Classic where Baszler made it to the finals against Kairi Sane. Around the same time, Rousey had challenge Flair to a match.
The issue in setting up the match is Flair is on Smackdown Live and Rousey is competing on Raw. The easiest way to remedy this would be to have Rousey win the 2019 Women’s Royal Rumble match, if WWE once again holds a women’s Rumble bout. Like Asuka, Rousey opts to challenge Flair for the Smackdown Women’s Championship.
Another possible route would be to have Rousey switch over to Smackdown Live, months before her match with Charlotte. The narrative could be Smackdown bosses Shane McMahon and Daniel Bryan offered her a lucrative contract and a chance to get away from Stephanie McMahon.
Charlotte versus Rousey is a main event worthy match at any event, and having it headline Wrestlemania 35 would be historical. It would also take some of the bitter taste out of the mouths of fans who are tired of seeing wrestlers like Reigns and Lesnar have the main event spotlight.
WWE Smackdown vs. Raw: Who won this week? February 4, 2019
For Raw, the whole back and forth rivalry between Jeff Jarrett and Elias was entertaining. What started at the Royal Rumble and has carried over for the past few weeks, seeing Elias and Jarrett exchange guitar shots had a throwback feel to it. Along with that, Road Dogg being in the corner of Jarrett really brought times back. Lastly, Elias ended up winning the match, which helps give him momentum going into whoever his next rival will be.
For Smackdown, Mustafa Ali and Randy Orton put on the best match during their show this week. Ali’s high flying against Randy Orton’s slow attacking pace was a great matchup of styles and it showed. Orton ended up winning after hitting an RKO from the top rope and gives him the upper hand towards the Elimination Chamber match.
For Raw, the lack of featuring the tag team champions on their show this week was evident. While they did have a number one contenders match featured this week, the winners ended up being the Revival. This is a match that we have already seen one too many times and if there isn’t a different result this time around, then what is the point of the Revival facing off against the tag team champions.
For Smackdown, after R-Truth shocked the world last week by defeating Shinsuke Nakamura to win the United States championship, you would think that we would get a segment of him celebrating this victory the next week. Instead, he wasn’t even really on the show this week. As good as R-Truth is, at least a 30 second segment would’ve been better than nothing from him.
The Final Verdict
Both shows were average this week. They did help build the Elimination Chamber as well as still pushing Ronda Rousey versus Becky Lynch as the main event of Wrestlemania. But, there was lots missing from both brands this week. Both shows were missing champions this week and didn’t even bother mentioning them. As talented as the champions currently are, each one should get respective time. With that said though, I will have to say that Raw had the better show this week. A debuting EC3, a solid double match with Ronda Rousey, and a decent main event gave Raw a better show this time around. In conclusion, WWE still has some work to do when building up these next two PPV’s, hopefully, they can put on better efforts that they did this week.
The Hart Foundation To Be Inducted in WWE Hall of Fame
The original group, and the ones being honored, includes WWE Hall of Famer Bret ‘The Hitman’ Hart, Jim ‘The Anvil’ Neidhart, and WWE Hall of Famer ‘The Mouth of the South’ Jimmy Hart.
Sadly, Neidhart will be inducted posthumously as he passed away in 2018 at the page of 63.
WWE Smackdown vs. Raw: Who won this week? January 28, 2019
For Raw, the ending segment between Seth Rollins and Brock Lesnar was an awesome way to close out the show and start the build for this match at Wrestlemania. After Rollins won the Royal Rumble on Sunday, he had to make a decision on which champion he would face. Paul Heyman and Brock Lesnar told Rollins to choose Daniel Bryan over Lesnar because he didn’t want to fight with Lesnar, which led to Rollins responding by igniting a brawl. Overall, great way to help ramp up the intensity for what could be the main event of Wrestlemania.
For Smackdown, we have a new United States champion and this moment really came out of nowhere. R-Truth went one on one against Shinsuke Nakamura for the championship and he won via roll up. Soon after Truth won, Rusev then came out and challenged Truth to defend his newly won belt. Truth won again via roll up, which led to both Nakamura and Rusev attacking him after. Its a fresh start with the US championship and somebody with as much charisma as Truth is a good way to hit the reset button for this belt.
For Raw, who knows what they are trying to do with Kurt Angle. After losing to Baron Corbin in about five minutes, this leaves lots of questions on where Angle stands with WWE. Ever since he has came back to the ring, he has lost over and over again. This shouldn’t be happening with a hall of fame of his status. But, this could lead to an interesting story considering how good Angle is.
For Smackdown, while it was a feel good moment to see the Miz and Shane McMahon win the tag team championship, their celebration on the show this week wasn’t that compelling. At the PPV, when they won the match, they celebrated with the Miz’s father. Then, during this celebration, it was the same thing as the Miz’s dad came out and celebrated with them along with a video package being played. This could’ve been done better and differently considering we already saw this type of celebration during the PPV.
The Final Verdict
Overall, both shows were really good this week. Not only are they starting to layout some of the big matches for Wrestlemania, but they are also starting to implement matches for their upcoming PPV, Elimination Chamber. Smackdown felt a little crammed though as they were trying to fit in promos during superstars entrances and having promos during commercials. While Raw, on the other hand, was able to announce two huge matches for Wrestlemania as well as help build up some rivalries going into Elimination Chamber. Raw had the better show this week for a few reasons. A solid ending, a great beginning for the Ronda Rousey versus Becky Lynch match, and an entertaining segment with Elias help Raw deliver this week. In conclusion, 2019 continues to be good for WWE so hopefully they can continue this pace going into their next big PPV of the year.
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