WWE’s newest Superstar is a familiar name to most sports fans. “Rowdy” Ronda Rousey was the fighter that solidified women’s MMA as a focal point of UFC programming. Some of her fights were part of UFC’s biggest PPV buyrates. Though her UFC career came to a screeching halt after two high-profile losses, Rousey still rates as the biggest draw in women’s MMA history.
Her arrival in WWE was rumored for years before it finally happened. Ronda is a well-known wrestling fan that regularly attended WWE events & even checked out a PWG show or two. She got permission from the legendary “Rowdy” Roddy Piper to use his nickname as a mixed martial artist. Ronda & her training partners called themselves the Four Horsewomen with permission from Ric Flair & Arn Anderson. She loves sports entertainment & wants to give it a shot.
So she showed up at the Royal Rumble. Many were thinking that she would be in the Women’s Rumble Match & win it. Instead, she came down after it was over & pointed at the WrestleMania sign.
We know she’ll be at WrestleMania. The $64,000 question is what she’ll be doing there. Will she be standing around backstage? Could she be hosting the show? Will she have a confrontation?
I might be a little bit optimistic, but I’m hoping she actually has a match. There are some obvious options based on Ronda’s interactions with WWE at the Rumble & previous events. There’s one rumor from the Meltz that’s picking up some steam.
Let’s break down the options & figure out what would be best.
Why It World Work: The Horsewomen tension was teased during the Mae Young Classic. Charlotte is the best female performer in WWE right now in my opinion, & would be as likely to get a good match out of Ronda as anybody.
Why It Wouldn’t Work: It’s the kind of match you build to for awhile. You don’t put it out there as Ronda’s first match. Let her work her way up the ranks and then challenge Charlotte for the championship. It’s the kind of match that could actually go on last at a WrestleMania in a couple of years. Just not this one.
Why It Would Work: Alexa might be the best person to feud with Ronda. She’d be good at running down Ronda’s accomplishments every week and making people think she had a chance to win. She’s also the Raw Women’s Champion, so if you want Ronda on Raw it makes sense.
Why It Wouldn’t Work: Like Charlotte, Alexa is a champion. Rousey doesn’t need to beat a champion on her first night. People might believe Alexa has a fighting chance until the stare-down, then it’d be an uphill climb.
Why It Would Work: Asuka & Ronda exchanging kicks & strikes would be the closest thing to a fight that I can think of. It’d be fun to watch!
Why It Wouldn’t Work: Asuka is scheduled to take on either the Raw or SmackDown Women’s Champion. She won’t turn that down just to wrestle Rousey. Also, having Rousey end Asuka’s streak in her first pro wrestling match would be pretty anti-climatic.
Why It Would Work: If the match consists of Ronda putting Stephanie in an armbar, it’d get a huge pop & serve its purpose.
Why It Wouldn’t Work: Anything more than that would be a waste of time. Stephanie doesn’t need to be getting offense in a one on one contest with somebody that’s legitimately one of the toughest women on the planet. She probably would anyway.
w/The Rock vs. Stephanie McMahon & Triple H
Why It Would Work: Hiding Ronda in a tag team match with two of wrestling’s biggest stars makes perfect sense. It would get a large amount of mainstream attention and generate the most buys out of anything I can think of. There’s also a built-in issue, as these four were involved in a confrontation at WrestleMania 31. Long-term booking!
Why It Wouldn’t Work: Rock either might not be available or might not get cleared to wrestle.
So who would I pick?
I wouldn’t go with any of those choices!
Hear me out. We’re talking about a competitor making her in-ring debut. Professional wrestling is a whole different beast from MMA. MMA’s easier in many respects, mostly because you’re not expected to protect your opponent or execute pretty moves or put on a show to entertain the crowd. Rousey’s friend Shayna Baszler has had a successful transition from MMA to wrestling, but she would admit that it didn’t happen overnight.
Rousey’s put some time in at the Performance Center. That doesn’t replicate performing in front of 70,000 fans at the Superdome. She’s going to need somebody she can rely on in the ring with her. An experienced veteran that’s seen it all, that won’t get lost in the WrestleMania Moment. It needs to be somebody that’s willing to work with Ronda & make her look like a million bucks. Whoever wrestles Rousey won’t be the focus of the match. They need to be ok with that.
The perfect opponent for Rowdy Ronda Rousey at WrestleMania might not be a household name. She’s appeared on E! & has been on the main roster for nearly a decade. Most of her time with the company has been spent making her opponents look good. She would be the perfect woman for this spot. Oh, and she’s been training with Ronda at the Performance Center.
From a storyline perspective, it’s a woman that grew up in the wrestling business defending the sport against a hotshot newcomer that thinks she can waltz in & be a Superstar. It’s not going to be that easy. Ronda will have to prove herself against a seasoned competitor. You can’t hand her a title match just because she’s Ronda Rousey.
Once Ronda beats Natalya, then we can start talking about titles & authority figures and things like that. You have to learn to crawl before you can walk. Natalya will be a good teacher.
AJ’s Controversial? Wrestling Opinions 10.12.21
AJ feels like spouting off about a few wrestling topics that bug him. How controversial are they though?
As Eric Bischoff, President of WCW once said, Controversy Creates Cash…no I’m serious; it’s even the title of a book that he did. Everyone has their hot takes on professional wrestling and some are always wide eyed and kind of shocking to some. There are some of us that will have same opinions or chastise me on a show or an article maybe but hey, don’t hate the player, hate The Game.
Maybe there are some that the readers at home agree with or you want to also be the one to chastise me, @PhenomenalAJB on Twitter. This one is going to be fun!
#1- There are more things than just WWE/AEW and are better majority of the time
There are many people that will rant, rave and complain that the mainstream product is so bland and boring and the classic, “Who even watches this trash?” Whether you love the flippy dippy do’s like I don’t or long drawn out storylines that peter out very quickly because fans aren’t invested in a story or character. To those people, I will say something very bold, very confusing and very… very controversial…
THERE ARE OTHER COMPANIES YOU CAN WATCH ON VARIOUS PLATFORMS IN VARIOUS MEANS ON YOUR OWN TIME!
I don’t know how and I don’t know why that this is even a topic. “TNA has been dead for years” No it hasn’t. Pay $1 USD for Impact Plus on YouTube so you can watch it without commercials at 8:30 Eastern. “Two hours is too long!” NWA and MLW both go for an hour on their respective YouTube Channels as well and if you want to watch, you can hop in at any time. Everyone has something for everyone and you might find your new favorite wrestler in a matter of minutes into an episode. I would never have known who Eli Drake (now LA Knight on SmackDown Live), Alexander Hammerstone or even in the early stages of TNA Impact, AJ Styles, was! You can watch more than what is broadcasted on your TV. Is it easier? Of course but, there is so much more than just the popular option.
#2- Belt Collecting now is just redundant and moronic
Back in 1996, Ultimo Dragon famously has a picture of him holding TEN championships looking like an amazing superstar with amazing defenses. What people don’t know is, that was because eight championship belts were united in a tournament called “The J-Crown Championship” with the adage of ‘All or Nothing’. He lost them one by one but, it was to show that he was the best Junior Heavyweight (or Cruiserweight/Light Heavyweight) out of everyone in various promotions.
People after that really haven’t belt collected other than unifying championships to a grand caliber… then Austin Aries showed up. Aries kind of revised the gimmick and brought it back to light. Newer fans might have thought this was cool but older fans kind of groaned and grumbled. I was one of them but, nothing is original in anything anymore so it’s a fresher concept at the time back in 2018. He did surpass Ultimo with ELEVEN championships but it seemed everyone started doing it to an extent after. Matt Cardona, after being released from WWE, started doing it, getting up to six championships before dropping them. As of right now, not necessarily solo belt collecting, The Bloodline has a stranglehold of the World Championships for both Singles and Tag Teams, we had Becky Two Belts, Bayley wanted Dos Straps but nothing makes this worse than Kenny Omega’s stint as a belt collector.
I am not and will never be a Kenny Omega fan. I don’t see the appeal, I don’t see the amazement or anything like that out of him. I’m impressed he did three 35+ Minute IWGP Championship matches against Okada because that takes a lot of stamina to do so but, that’s about it. When he won the AEW Championship, alright. That’s fine. Nothing wrong with that since he helped build the company up. The Triple A Megas Championship… nothing too wrong here. I hate that he had five defenses in two years but he vacated it due to his injuries. It wasn’t until Don Callis and Omega popped into Impact and made the Hogan Era of TNA look like a dream… okay ALMOST but still. Kenny defeats Rich Swann and Moose in two different matches and has everyone else carry the belts while holding the AEW Championship. I understand heel tactics and mentality but at one point in an interview about going for the Impact Championship, he compared it to a common Comic Book and the AEW Championship as Superman Issue #1. I understand trying to be a heel in this story but you boost your clout, not rain on what you are going after. Heel or Face, belt collecting has just been a cluster within itself in the past four years and it honestly needs to stop.
#3- Overuse of Certain Moves
This one is a more recent problem that I have seen and no, I wish EC3 paid me to say this but it is true and very annoying to even bring up but here I am, wishing for Carter money and a fifth Rum & Coke…
Stop. Overusing. Moves. Because you think. They were cool.
If I had a shot for every time a Canadian Destroyer, Superkick, Suicide Dive, Avalanche (Insert High Spot here), Dual Dropkick spots where they cancel each other out or opposing members do back to back high spots on the prone partner spot… I would not have written this article due to death… even if it was water, I would have died due to drowning. They don’t look cool anymore when everyone does it. It’s bland. When Petey Williams wrestled in his last return to Impact, the Destroyer looked very… stale. Superkicks are the new DDT apparently (another Finisher turned common everyday move) and most people that do dives mess it up in some way shape or form whether it’s their feet get caught in the ropes, they didn’t get a full launch or they overshoot it. Having your own move special to you is difficult now but different wrestlers do their own styles or the pay homage to a family member or a wrestler that they interact with or ask permission… or asked to stop.
How’d you feel if you watched WCW and WWF in 1997 and saw DDP do the Diamond Cutter and HHH did the Pedigree Pandemonium and say they do the same move? That is exactly what happened too if Dallas didn’t ask Hunter to stop using it. We might not have the RKO out of nowhere or an iconic move that seldom bigger names use today.
That’s my list. I said before if you agree with my list and if you don’t and want to throw hate my way… @PCTunney is the hate mail account so enjoy!
AJ’s Thoughts: Five Potential Returns
With Trips in charge and already starting to bring back some people that didn’t work in Vince’s picture, AJ got an idea. Who else could we see on the horizon radar?
With Trips in charge and already starting to bring back some people that didn’t work in Vince’s picture, AJ got an idea. Who else could we see on the horizon radar?
With everything going on with WWE, the one thing we have all been hyped about are all of these returns. Dakota Kai made her return at SummerSlam alongside Io and Bayley and now on last SmackDown, Karrion Kross and Scarlett made their returns in a big way against Drew McIntyre and showed the Hourglass to The Bloodline.
With all of that, there have been things in the pipeline saying Triple H’s foot isn’t off the pedal so these are 5 returns from either NXT, main roster or even Try-Outs that I would love to see happen with the new regime.
1. Johnny Gargano
Now this is a name that people have been saying, “Maybe Impact or MLW” but, what about a return? Gargano didn’t renew his contract, most likely to be with his family which is a valid and amazing reason, will never disrespect that. If he were to return, there would be a handful of great reasons. Maybe a singles run with the Intercontinental or United States but with Ciampa getting limelight in the main roster from RAW, what if we get a tag team reunion?
WWE is hurting for Tag Teams and what better than to scare off The Bloodline, loosen the stranglehold of championships with some Do It Yourself action. DIY reunion could be amazing, especially with newer faces showing up to get championship aspirations like Kross and Ciampa. Want to break the hierarchy? Do It Yourself.
2. James Storm
This one is a little bit weird and off. On one hand, who doesn’t love the Tennessee Cowboy, Jimmy James Storm? On the other, he is 45 and getting some nagging injuries as of late. So why would I say Triple H should bring James Storm back and give him something for the main roster? One of the things I said for Gargano, we have a lack of something and The Usos might need to watch two things in the rearview.
Watch your Money and your Alcohol.
Beer Money showing up in WWE would be amazing in my personal opinion. The Bloodline jump Roode, someone in a hoodie or jacket comes up and jumps them to even the fight and as soon as one Uso remained in the ring, the figure goes down and the old stomping goes off and we hear “BEER…” and Roode looks around and gets hyped up and shouts, “…MONEY!”
3. Big Cass
Since his departure from WWE, he has done something I have said since they split him off from Enzo. Take him through the Kevin Nash School of How To Big Man. ROH and Impact are great examples that he actually cleaned up and worked on what he has to do to be good in the ring. He can work the microphone, he can work the ring so we got a new big boy to take on the WWE once again.
Now I could have said Enzo and Cass to rejoin but, I’m sure the antics of Enzo will get Cass in deep water along with the fact that I already made two tag team predictions, we don’t need another. Cass brings a lot to the table and was kind of unproven in WWE because he was just the big enforcer to the more charismatic Enzo. Give this man about six months in the ring and you have your next MASSIVE problem in the IC or US Championship scene or even more.
4. Bronson Reed
The big man from down under is a former NXT North American Champion. He looked to have a good push going with that championship but he got release. If you wonder where he went… he actually made a pit stop in Impact Wrestling as JONAH with the most fire theme song in recent history I swear… I will link the theme song and Trips… please. Get rights to this theme song. I will be a bigger Bronson Reed fan.
Bronson to me is the weird man in all of this but, I think with Triple H involved, he could get something going for him with a good singles champion run or a big threat to go through like a gatekeeper of sorts. Big boy with a great amount of athleticism? Can’t really hate on that considering the last time we saw athletic bigger people were Keith Lee and… what was that one guy? Sherman Tank with a Ferrari Engine…?
5. Bray Wyatt
And the last one is the obvious one in all of this. Yes… we have Judgment Day as the somewhat supernatural dark group but we know the true successor of the supernatural and that is “The Eater of Worlds”, “The Fiend” Bray Wyatt. This time around, I don’t think we will get the Jekyl and Hyde, Mister Rogers gimmick. I believe this time around we get full darkness and mayhem. We get the darkness and the theory of reverting back to your prime.
To make a refresher… Miz went back to being the cocky narcissist after fighting The Fiend. Finn turned back to the Prince and much more. With guys like Edge returning, maybe we see the return of the Heel Ultimate Opportunist, maybe a Fiend fight with AJ Styles to get the TN-AJ perhaps. Possibilities are endless and with a great mind like Wyatt for character and execution, I think Hunter will pick up the phone and Let Him In.
– There are clearly others that I could say, or maybe even didn’t think about, but hey, that’s the Chairshot way of Always Using Your Head. Those are just five returns that could happen and hopefully you read this before RAW or SmackDown and who knows if I get any of these right, maybe I missed an obvious one or maybe we get a giant signing that nobody thought possible. Let me and all of Chairshot know!
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