Ronda Rousey to Team With Kurt Angle at Wrestlemania 34
Recent WWE signee and former UFC women’s bantamweight champion “Rowdy” Ronda Rousey now has her Wrestlemania match.
Raw General Manager opened Monday Night Raw to announce that he and Rousey would take on Triple H and Stephanie McMahon at the Show of Shows.
Yup, it's happening. @RealKurtAngle & @RondaRousey vs. @TripleH & @StephMcMahon on The #GrandestStageOfThemAll, #WrestleMania! #RAW pic.twitter.com/bkjgwYQefO
— WWE Network (@WWENetwork) March 6, 2018
McMahon attempted to get out of the match, saying she is an executive and she couldn’t compete at Wrestlemania. The Olympic Gold Medalist fired back by saying she and Triple H had deals as WWE superstars and used the technicality to set up the match between the two teams.
Like any good team, Angle and Rousey took down Triple H and McMahon, officially kicking off their feud.
WWE has been building toward this match in the last couple of weeks, starting at Elimination Chamber when Rousey signed her contract and put Triple H through a table. Fans could even say the angle began three years ago during Wrestlemania 31 when Rousey was in a segment with The Rock, Triple H and McMahon.
There have been reports that Rousey’s Wrestlemania match would involve Triple H and McMahon, though there were questions as to who she would team with at the event. Angle’s name was among the potential partners for the Rowdy one, as were The Rock, Braun Strowman and Seth Rollins.
It’s speculated that The Rock wouldn’t compete at Wrestlemania due to his role in Hollywood while Strowman and Rollins are potentially competing for the Intercontinental Championship at the event. There’s even rumor that Strowman is a backup plan for the Universal title picture in case Roman Reigns or Brock Lesnar are unavailable for Wrestlemania.
The benefit of having Angle in the match as opposed to The Rock is that a full-time individual will compete at Wrestlemania as opposed to a part-time competitor. Although Angle is the Raw General Manager, he has competed in two matches since he returned to WWE – teaming with Dean Ambrose and Rollins at TLC and the captain of Team Raw at Survivor Series.
Pairing Rousey with Angle makes sense for this match. Angle is the benevolent authority figure – the yin to McMahon’s yang – on Raw and he would want to make sure his investment in Rousey is protected.
They are also accomplished athletes in their respective combat sports backgrounds – and they are Olympic medalists. Angle won a gold medal in freestyle wrestling in 1996 and Rousey won a bronze in judo in 2008.
The match will be a good test to see how far Rousey has come in her training, It also gives Rousey her first big WWE win without the company having to sacrifice one of the superstars in their women’s division.
Having experienced wrestlers like Triple H and Angle can alleviate some of the weight off her shoulders.
WrestleMania 34 will take place April 8 at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana.
Matches confirmed for the show include
- Brock Lesnar defending the Universal Championship against Roman Reigns
- Shinsuke Nakamura challenging the WWE Champion – the winner of the six-pack challenge at Fastlane
- The finals of the WWE Cruiserweight Championship tournament
- Asuka challenging for the Raw or Smackdown women’s championship
Mia Yim Returns to WWE: “I’m Ready to get My Retribution”
Mia Yim made her return to WWE during Monday Night RAW following her release from the company back on November 4th, 2021, during a segment between The O.C. and The Judgment Day, by attacking Rhea Ripley.
AJ Styles, Luke Gallows, and Karl Anderson had been looking for some help as they battle with the faction, and Ripley has been a factor in their battles. Now, Yim joins them to help neutralize Ripley.
Yim commented on her return during a backstage interview, and made reference to the former Retribution stable that spelled the end for many promising runs.
“Oh my gosh, it feels so good to be back. It took me a year to try and find myself but now I’m ready. I’m ready to go. I’m ready to kick some ass and get my retribution. But the boys are waiting on me so I’ll see ya later.”
EXCLUSIVE: @MiaYim is ready to get some retribution in WWE once again!#WWERaw pic.twitter.com/qTJnvjA0Xg
— WWE (@WWE) November 8, 2022
WWE Announces Women’s Tag Team Title Tournament
Following the walkout of Sasha Banks and Naomi, who were at the time the WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions, details have been mum on what would go on with the vacated titles, but now there finally are some details to share.
With rumors that both Banks and Naomi will be returning to the company with Vince McMahon now in charge, the Women’s Tag Team titles are now back in the spotlight after going off the radar at the time of Banks’ and Naomi’s departures.
WWE has officially announced a new tournament to crown new Women’s Tag Team Champions that will finally begin on Raw this upcoming Monday.
While it seems to lineup the returns of Banks and Naomi, no official word has surfaced as of yet.
WWE Smackdown vs. Raw: Who won this week? May 7, 2019
For Raw, the main event between Kofi Kingston and Daniel Bryan in a Wrestlemania rematch was a good way to end their show. With this new “Wildcard Rule” being introduced at the beginning of Raw, this led to two Smackdown superstars main eventing a Raw show. While we will look into the “Wildcard Rule” later, the match between these two was back and forth and ended with Kingston retaining his championship. Kofi has all the momentum going into the Money in the Bank PPV, which is great considering he is the WWE Champion.
For Smackdown, after the Hardy Boyz had to forfeit their tag team championships due to injury, the match to determine the new champions was great. After Shane McMahon originally was going to give the titles to Daniel Bryan and Rowan, the Usos interrupted and stated that they should at least get the opportunity to earn them. Daniel Bryan and Rowan ended up winning, which is a positive sight moving forward because it will bring more attention to the division with these two as champions.
For Raw, even though things were good for the Usos on Smackdown, they were really bad on Raw. They came out during the Revival’s match and told them that they put Icey Hot on their ring attire. This led to bad acting and just an attempt at humor, which didn’t go well.
For Smackdown, while the Aleister Black promos have been good so far, they are starting to over welcome their stay. This has been going on for about a month, so hopefully we see him in the ring before he loses all momentum.
The Final Verdict
Both brands had interesting shows this week because this new “Wildcard Rule” was introduced. This “Wildcard Rule” means that four superstars from Raw will be on Smackdown and four Smackdown superstars will be on Raw every week. This idea does seem like a bad one though because it will take time away from superstars in their respective brand. Along with that, this is right after the Superstar Shakeup, which now feels completely pointless. As to who had the better show this week though, Smackdown had better matches and was still able to help put good build towards Money in the Bank. In conclusion, Money in the Bank is still about two weeks away, but proper time has been put into it and all the matches gain momentum in build week by week.
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