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Charlotte v. Ronda Rousey Could Main Event Wrestlemania 35

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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.

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NXT’s Adam Cole Discusses Creative Freedom

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NXT Champion Adam Cole is at the height of his success with the promotion, recently defeating Johnny Gargano in another instant classic to capture his first NXT Championship, and he is talking about how things go down in NXT.

Unlike much of the main roster, where promos are often scripted and comedy-acts are more common, Cole says that superstars in NXT get a bit more creative freedom, as he had with Gargano for their match.

“One of the coolest things about NXT is we have a ton of creative liberties to come up with the story and the vision we have for the match” Cole said, during an interview with TalkSport. “Of course, there’s input and advice given and there’s suggestions or, you know ‘we need something this way’ (but) we do have a lot of freedom, which is great.”

Cole added that he and Gargano came up with the format for their two out of three falls classic at NXT Takeover: New York.

 

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Rey Mysterio Praises Andrade

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WWE superstar Rey Mysterio believes that the company has a big star on their hands in Andrade .

“This kid is awesome” Mysterio said, during an appearance on the WINCLY podcast. “I mentioned it before, in previous interviews, but, every time I’m in the ring with him, there’s an affiliation to how I would move with Eddie [Guerrero],” Mysterio said.

“This is how good he is! He’s thinking a step ahead before you even move. He already knows the positioning, and knows exactly what to do and how to do it. My hat goes off to Andrade, as he’s definitely the future of WWE.”

Mysterio sees all the tools necessary to succeed in WWE.

“Just like anybody else, once you can dominate the mic skills and English, then he is bound to become a star,” Mysterio continued. “I’ve seen him work on his English, and it’s a slow process, but he’s moving forward. Once he dominates his English language, he’s on his way to stardom.”

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Fandango, Apollo Crews, Killain Dain Make Returns to NXT

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WWE is starting to allow superstars on their main rosters to transition back to NXT, much like they did with Tyler Breeze, who recently returned to NXT, where he had his most success, following around 2 years of meandering on the main roster following his callup.

Fandango, Apollo Crews, and Killian Dain made their returns to NXT tv at Winter Park, FL at Full Sail University for Thursday’s NXT TV tapings.

Fandango, also making his return from injury, made the save for his Breezango partner, Tyler Breeze, who was on the receiving end of an attack at the hands of the Forgotten Sons. Crews made his return to take on Kushida in singles competition, and Dain made a brutal attack on Matt Riddle following Riddle’s win over Arture Rass.

Fandango had been out of action after suffering a shoulder injury back in July 2018.

 

 

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