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Ronda Rousey Going into UFC Hall of Fame

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Even though she hasn’t competed in the octagon in over two years, WWE superstar Ronda Rousey continues to receive UFC accolades.

During last night’s UFC 225 broadcast, it was announced that Rousey would be inducted in UFC Hall of Fame Modern Wing on July 5 during the UFC’s International Fight Week festivities.

Rousey will join fellow inductees Matt Serra, former UFC Welterweight Champion who is going into the Pioneer Wing, and former UFC television producer Bruce Connel and promotion co-founder Art Davie, who are both entering the Contributor Wing. Also joining her will be former Strikeforce and Pride Champion Dan Henderson and UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Mauricio Rua who are being inducted for their classic fight in 2011.

Rousey is going to be the first woman to be inducted in the UFC Hall of Fame, which was established in 2003. The UFC’s Hall has 45 inductees, including three in its modern wing. She will join former UFC Champions Forrest Griffin and B.J. Penn and former WEC featherweight titleholder Urijah Faber.

It’s a worthy accomplishment for Rousey. While she isn’t the first woman to lace up a pair of gloves and compete in mixed martial arts, she is the catalyst for women competing in the UFC, which went from having no female divisions to now having four weight classes with champions.

When Rousey gets inducted, she might have already claimed her piece of WWE gold. At next week’s Money in the Bank pay per view, Rousey will challenge Nia Jax for the Raw Women’s Championship.

Rousey’s profile has skyrocketed since she debuted in WWE in January, taking part in a high profile Wrestlemania match. There’s speculation that next year’s Wrestlemania will feature Rousey and Smackdown superstar Charlotte Flair in a title bout.

Of course fans can see WWE promoting the heck out of Rousey going into the UFC Hall of Fame and it might even play into her angle with Jax. The UFC induction would be a great component for Rousey if she were a heel character. She could talk about how her UFC induction is the linchpin of her MMA tenure and the latest confirmation that she is bringing legitimacy to WWE’s women’s division.

But WWE likes to go the safest route traveled and it will likely be Jax cutting a promo on Rousey’s induction. If she wanted to get some heel heat, Jax could say that Rousey’s induction is a great honor for MMA, but it doesn’t do anything for her as a wrestler, nor will it help her in their match.

Rousey’s Hall of Fame induction announcement wasn’t the only UFC-wrestling crossover element, whatever you want to call it, from UFC 225.

Former WWE Champion C.M. Punk dropped a decision to Mike Jackson. It was Punk’s second foray into the UFC after losing his first fight to Mickey Gall. While went all three rounds with Jackson, he was outmatched from the get go. 

In a tweet, ESPN’s Ariel Helwani said Punk was taken to the hospital for a partial CT scan per the UFC’s order.

In regards to Punk, it can be summed up by stealing a phrase from Joey Ryan in that we are lucky to achieve one of our dreams in life, but C.M. Punk got to do it twice.

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WWE Smackdown vs. Raw: Who won this week? December 10, 2018

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The Good

For Raw, their main event was between Seth Rollins and Baron Corbin in a TLC match for the Intercontinental championship and it was a great match to end the show. It had some crazy spots and was intriguing from start to finish. To make things even more interesting, Heath Slater’s story of him being a referee played into this as well and questions what lies ahead with him too. Rollins ended up winning so the championship match with Dean Ambrose at TLC is still on.

For Smackdown, the opening match between Daniel Bryan and Mustafa Ali was as good as it sounds. Along with that, they had a promo before their match started in where Daniel Bryan picked on Ali and ended up slapping him right in the face. Bryan ended up winning after applying the heel hook,which may be his new finishing submission since he has been doing that the past few weeks. After the match, Bryan proceeded to attack Ali even more on the entrance ramp, giving him all the momentum in his title match against AJ Styles.

The Bad

For Raw, it seems a little crazy that they are trying to embrace that their ratings are at an all time low. To open the show, Seth Rollins had some things to get off his chest towards Baron Corbin. In his rant,he stated that the ratings were at an all time low and that the recent shows have been bad because of Corbin. While it is a good way for management to look bad, it still looks bad to address the bad numbers and try to think of a bailout reason to address why that is.

For Smackdown, the rap battle between the Bar and the Usos was bad and good at the same time. While it was pretty humorous to see the Bar try their best Vanilla Ice impersonation, the whole concept of having a rap battle is what made it bad. While it did help build up the tag team championship match at TLC, their could’ve been another route WWE could’ve gone.

The Final Verdict

With TLC being this Sunday, both brands needed to put on good shows to get fans prepared for the PPV. Both shows did give a lot of time building it up, but things feel a lot smoother on Smackdown compared to Raw. Smackdown has done a really good job of putting time into their championship matches along with things just meant for their show. A prime example of this is giving proper build up for the WWE Championship match while at the same time wanting fans to turn in every week to see where things go for the Miz and Shane McMahon as the Miz keeps trying to get Shane on his side. Due to this,Smackdown had the better show this week and overall had a really good build for all of their matches at TLC. In conclusion, the matches for Smackdown have all the momentum going into TLC.

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Kevin Owens Likely to Return In March

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WWE Superstar Kevin Owens is slated to make his return to the ring sometime in March, but despite his timetable making him available for WrestleMania 35, it is still unclear if WWE has plans for Owens at Mania.

Owens is still recovering from surgery and WWE may be hesitant in putting him a big angle for WrestleMania, opting instead to hold off on his official return to the ring until after WrestleMania 35, perhaps at the Monday Night RAW following the event.

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WWE Reportedly Interested In KUSHIDA

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IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion KUSHIDA is reportedly drawing interest from WWE, according to a report from the Wrestling Observer Newsletter.

KUSHIDA, 35, has been the cornerstone of New Japan Pro Wrestling’s light heavyweight division and one of their most recognized stars, globally.

The report indicates that NXT is the destination if WWE were to lure KUSHIDA from New Japan.

With NXT globalizing, an NXT Japan seems like a natural progression for the brand and KUSHIDA could be in those potential plans moving forward.

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