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Plans for a match between Ronda Rousey vs. Becky Lynch have been scrapped. We have not been told yet what the plans are for Lynch but WWE sources say that Rousey is scheduled to defend the SmackDown Women’s Championship against Rhea Ripley. (Watch Video Here)
There is no word on how they will get to this match but the source said that just like the other matches that are planned, barring an injury, this is unlikely to change. I will be posting more news soon on my Twitter account @AngelAramboles.
Here are the matches we know are planned for WrestleMania 39:
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Becky Lynch is once again a babyface with The Man gimmick that made her a top star for WWE. With that, she is having fun with social media and did so recently with Ronda Rousey.
Lynch recently took a jab at Rousey after responding to a fan on Twitter that shared a clip from Friday’s SmackDown where Rousey made her return during the contract signing between Shayna Baszler and SmackDown Women’s Champion Liv Morgan. Rousey dumped money on the table to pay her storyline fine.
This is similar to what Lynch did a few years ago. She agreed with a fan who said Rousey likes to imitate her.
Lynch is currently on the sidelines due to a separated shoulder injury she suffered at SummerSlam. It’s believed WWE will book Rousey vs. Lynch at WrestleMania 39, but that may change now that Vince McMahon is no longer in control of creative
There has been talk about WWE booking Evolution 2 for a few years, but it has yet to happen.
The first-ever event took place on October 28, 2018, at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, in Uniondale, New York. The show was headlined by Nikki Bella vs. Ronda Rousey.
It was rumored in 2020 that WWE would hold the event on SummerSlam weekend, but that didn’t happen.
This is something that Lacey Evans would like to see. While speaking with SEScoops correspondent Steve Fall for NBC Sports Boston, Evans discussed the event coming back one day:
“I think it’s always necessary. Yeah, why not. I mean, what would be the hurt of it returning? I think that all the moms out there now are especially with wrestling. I mean you’ve got Ronda Rousey, you got Becky Lynch, you got the Bellas, you got me, you’ve got Bianca Belair, you’ve got Tamina, you’ve got all these badass women that are now moms.
Let’s do another one and have all our babies ringside watching their mamas and then behind that have all the girls in the world that want to be sports entertainers behind the babies and then behind them you know what I’m saying? Just having freaking careers and having to juggle what we juggle and the fact that we get to show the world what mommies are capable of that we can still chase our dreams and in this career and be badass wives and moms and work hard is cool.
I’m down for any time we could highlight the strengths of a woman. Let’s do it, especially with having two girls myself.”
WWE has made a change to Raquel Rodriguez’s finishing move because the name of her move was deemed to be vulgar.
Tonight on WWE Friday Night SmackDown, Rodriguez’s move was called “The Texana” instead of the “Chingona Bomb.”
Last week, the announcers referred to the move as the Chingona Bomb but it was muted due to a 7-second delay. Apparently, WWE found out the meaning of Chingona while they were on the air because the announcers wouldn’t have said it if they were informed ahead of time.
To many people, the word Chingona means a “bad ass woman” but the word is also a form of Ch*ngar, which means “f**k.”
So, it looks like WWE decided that it was just better to rename the move.
There are a lot more details coming out on the Sasha Banks/Naomi situation. As noted last night, Naomi was originally scheduled to win the 6-Pack Challenge on Raw but Banks and Naomi walked out of the building at the start of the show.
PWInsider reports that the plan was for Banks and Naomi to be featured in two or three segments to build on the idea that they would have to face off against each other in the 6-Pack Challenge and Raw would have ended with Naomi and Banks celebrating that Naomi would be facing Raw Women’s Champion Bianca Belair at the Hell in a Cell pay-per-view.
The plan was for Naomi to lose to Belair at the pay-per-view and some are of the belief that an angle was going to be shot at SmackDown to set up an angle between Banks and Ronda Rousey and Banks would have lost to Rousey at the Hell in a Cell show. Basically, the Women’s Tag Team Champions would have been used to put over the singles champions from Raw and SmackDown.
PWInsider adds, “We are told that at some point during the day, likely after the initial concerns about creative were raised, there was an alternative idea that would have been Banks and Naomi have a short tag team match instead and be beat down after to set up a different program. One source cited their opponents would have been Nikki A.S.H. and Doudrop but we have not 100% confirmed that to be the case.”
Just before Raw went on the air, WWE Producer Molly Holly let Banks and Naomi know that they were going ahead with the 6-Pack Challenge with Naomi winning. It was shortly after that when Banks and Naomi told John Laurinaitis that they were leaving. As stated in WWE’s press release, they left the belts on Laurinaitis’ desk.
Vince McMahon was reportedly told about them leaving just as Raw was going on the air and the Becky Lynch-Adam Pearce segment was pitched “on the spot” with one source crediting Lynch for her quick thinking. McMahon then ordered to have their segment shot later on to explain why the 6-Pack Challenge was changed.
The report noted that the issue wasn’t about Banks losing but more about how Banks and Naomi would have been portrayed over the next few weeks, especially because they put so much time into building their team only to be booked to put over the singles champions on upcoming shows. What seemed to be in WWE’s plans was to downplay the Women’s Tag Team Titles in the coming weeks.
Some will say that Naomi and Banks should have just done what was scripted because they are characters on a TV show. Others would say that they stood up for what they believed, similar to what Stone Cold Steve Austin and others have done in the past.
Last night’s statement that was sent out made it clear that Vince McMahon is not happy about what went down. During the show, Corey Graves (likely Vince McMahon in his ear) stated that the duo acted unprofessionally by walking out.
Things like this have happened in the past and they usually get smoothed over. Right now this is all a shoot but if things get smoothed over, don’t be shocked if this turns into a storyline at some point.
WWE has announced that Charlotte Flair is injured.
Tonight during the “I Quit” match, Ronda Rousey won the SmackDown Women’s Title by forcing Flair to say “I Quit” after putting her in the armbar submission with an assist from a steel chair. The announcers speculated that her arm might be broken.
Later in the show, Kayla Braxton announced that Flair has suffered a fractured radius. Pat McAfee then said that basically, this means that Flair has a broken arm.
Injury angles like this are usually done when someone is taking time off so this could have been WWE’s way to write Charlotte off TV for a while.
In an “I Quit” Match, Ronda Rousey challenged Charlotte Flair for the SmackDown Women’s Championship at WrestleMania Backlash.
There were no rules in this match which meant that they were able to fight outside of the ring as long as they wanted and they could use weapons.
The match ended with Flair telling Rousey that she had one more chance to quit and she wished her a happy mother’s day. Rousey grabbed Flair’s arm and put it in a chair and “broke” it and forced Flair to quit. Rousey is the new champion
WWE is slated to make its return to the UK later this month and has started announcing what fans can expect when they attend.
The company will hold shows from April 28th through May 1st in Newcastle at the Utilita Arena, London from The O2, Paris at Accor Arena, and Leipzig at the QUARTERBACK Immobilien Arena.
The matches advertised to take place at shows in Paris and London are Undisputed WWE Universal Champion Roman Reigns vs. Drew McIntyre, SmackDown Women’s Champion Charlotte Flair vs. Ronda Rousey, and Raw Tag Team Champions RK-Bro vs. SmackDown Tag Team Champions The Usos
Also advertised to appear includes Bobby Lashley, WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions Sasha Banks & Naomi, Intercontinental Champion Ricochet, Gunther, and more.
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WWE has already confirmed that Rousey will challenge Flair for the Women’s Title at WrestleMania Backlash in an I Quit Match, which is a rematch from WrestleMania where Flair retained the title despite tapping while the referee was down.
It looks like WWE is unifying the Raw and SmackDown Tag Team Titles. Reigns cut a promo last week on SmackDown about how he wanted The Usos to have more gold and told them to take the Raw Tag Titles from RK-Bro so that they can unify them. On Monday’s Raw, The Usos challenged Orton and Riddle to a title unification match for the Undisputed WWE Tag Team Titles. After Orton and Riddle beat The Street Profits, The Usos laid out RK-Bro and held up both set of titles.
WWE has confirmed that Charlotte Flair will defend the SmackDown Women’s Title against Ronda Rousey in an “I Quit” Match at the WrestleMania Backlash event on May 8th.
This comes after Flair beat Rousey to retain the title at WrestleMania 38 despite Rousey making Flair tap out when she had her in the armbar, but the referee didn’t see it. Once Rousey helped the referee up, Flair connected with a big boot Rousey. WWE reportedly felt Flair had to win the match to continue the feud.
On Friday’s SmackDown, Rousey addressed the loss and challenged her to a rematch at this upcoming event with the stipulation. Flair told her to get to the back of the line.
No other matches have been announced for WrestleMania Backlash as of this writing, but top stars such as Brock Lesnar, Becky Lynch, and Undisputed WWE Universal Champion Roman Reigns are advertised to appear.
WWE did tease a future match between Reigns and Shinsuke Nakamura on SmackDown as Reigns taunted Nakamura over how Rick Boogs suffered an injury at WrestleMania. Reigns hugged him, and said something that couldn’t be heard on the microphone before The Usos laid him out with a double superkick.
WWE started the feud between Ronda Rousey and Charlotte Flair in late January once Rousey returned and won the Women’s Royal Rumble match to earn a championship match at WrestleMania. Rousey decided to challenge Flair for the SmackDown Women’s Title.
Rousey was the heavy favorite to win the title at WrestleMania 38 Saturday, but WWE decided to have Flair go over. The match finish saw Rousey tap out Flair with an armbar, but the referee was down. When Rousey got the referee up, Flair connected with a big boot to retain the title. With such a finish, a rematch is expected.
Dave Meltzer reported in the latest edition of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter that WWE plans on having Flair and Rousey extend their feud. Meltzer wrote, “the idea is for this to be a long-term program and thus the belief was Flair had to win the first match, even if Flair got the better of Rousey as well in the angles leading up to it.”
Although WWE has yet to announce when the rematch will take place, Rousey is advertised to work WrestleMania Backlash on May 8th.
At WWE WrestleMania 38, Ronda Rousey challenged Charlotte Flair for the SmackDown Women’s Championship.
Notes from the match (written in real-time):
Flair got an indoor and outdoor fireworks display for her entrance. They battled back and forth for the first couple of minutes. Flair tried a move off the ropes but Ronda hit a knee to the head. Charlotte hit Ronda with a knee to the spine and an elbow on the ring apron. Charlotte then pulled Ronda through the ropes and out of the ring. Back in the ring, Charlotte hit a hard forearm to the head that knocked Ronda to the mat.
Ronda fought back with an armdrag takedown and knee to the face. Rousey hit a tornado DDT and Charlotte kicked out of the pin attempt. Rousey hit a kick and several arm takedowns. Charlotte hit a spear and Ronda kicked out of the pin attempt. Rousey ducked the Natural Selection but Charlotte hit a back suplex. Charlotte tried the moonsault and they got crossed up with Ronda moved so it looked awkward. Ronda hit a slam and then tried the pin. Charlotte recovered and kicked Rousey several times in the corner. Ronda fought back and she did an armdrag off the top rope into the cover. Ronda hit the Piper’s Pit, Charlotte slipped out of the armbar attempt. Rousey hit a knee to the face and Charlotte hit a boot to Rousey’s face. Rousey slipped out of the Figure 4 attempt and she hit a scoop slam and pin attempt.
Charlotte slipped out of the Piper’s Pit attempt but Rousey locked in the ankle lock. Charlotte reversed into her own ankle lock. Rousey drove Charlotte’s head into the bottom turnbuckle. Rosey tried the triangle armbar but Charlotte slammed her and tried for the pin. Rousey grabbed the arm again but Flair slipped out into the figure four and Rousey countered into the ankle lock. Flair broke free with kicks to the head. Rousey locked the armbar again but Charlotte reversed into the figure eight, Ronda reversed the hold and they tumbled to the ringside area. Flair hit an exploder suplex on Rousey onto the barricade. Back in the ring, Rousey countered a boot with the Piper’s Pit. It looked like she got the win but Charlotte had her foot on the bottom rope and Rousey was very upset with the referee. Charlotte hit the Natural Selection, Rousey kicked out of the pin attempt.
Rousey kicked Charlotte and it caused Charlotte to spear the referee. Rousey got the armbar but the ref was knocked out. Flair hit a boot to the head and she covered Ronda to retain the title
Meltzer said, “If you remember, Kevin Owens was scripted to say that he is in the main event. On Monday night, he was very clearly in the main event on Monday night. He didn’t say that off the cuff. He was told ‘you say that.’ Tuesday, Ronda Rousey is on Ellen Degeneres and she says she’s in the main event on Saturday against Charlotte Flair. So I’m thinking, wow it’s probably Kevin Owens. I know he was scripted on Raw and they probably never told Ronda because the plan all along from the day of the Royal Rumble until close to Monday, because even mid-week it was still Ronda Rousey in the main event – I’m guessing that they never told Ronda that they’ve changed it.”
Meltzer added, “Vince is going back and forth, nobody knows and who knows. When Kevin made that proclamation, shouldn’t that be like the decision and shouldn’t Ronda be aware of that? Well, it keeps going back and forth, Vince keeps changing his mind. Whatever happens, it keeps going back and forth.”
WWE has made small changes to the line-up in the last couple of weeks and changes can be expected all the way up to the day of the show. Officially, KO and Austin is the main event on Saturday but there’s still time for that to change
Charlotte Flair did an interview with CBS Sports’ Shakiel Mahjouri. The following highlights were sent to us:
Charlotte Flair did not grow up a pro-wrestling fan:
I didn’t grow up a WWE fan. I didn’t grow up a wrestling fan. Everyone just assumes because my dad is who he is. I didn’t get in the business until super late. It’s more just about respect. Like when I had my match against Trish at SummerSlam, it wasn’t the inner child in me, it was more what Trish meant to the business, and she came back to want to wrestle me, so I have to live up to her expectation. So it’s never like a little kid moment. It’s more like these moments that cause pressure.
My dad was my role model. My dad’s a wrestler. So my moments that I’ve learned to have my inner child are through the relationships and the bonding I’ve made with the talent and what they have shared with me.
Charlotte Flair compares and contrasts her career vs. Ric Flair’s
My dad never main-evented WrestleMania. I’m now main eventing two. In ways I want to be like my dad: I wish I had like a quarter of his charisma… He is so unapologetically him and he was from an early age. I’m just now starting to figure that out in myself. He never shied away from who he was.
What Charlotte’s success means to Ric:
Oh my gosh, he is always crying. That’s what it means. Always crying. Oh. You know, I’m his kid. I’m carrying his legacy. I can’t imagine what that feels like for a parent.
Charlotte Flair on Ronda Rousey’s relationship with fans:
I didn’t know fans saw her in the wrong way. What percentage of people really say that… If I listen to what people said about me, oof, I wouldn’t be here today. First of all, I’m facing Ronda next week. Don’t take this as I’m going to bat for her. I’m just saying, you can’t knock someone who did something in one year that takes many years and years and years to learn or to grasp. And she did a pretty damn good job in one year. It’s just easier to be negative.
Charlotte Flair on her appearances in WCW as a teen:
I’m going to give you the most honest answer that you’re not going to believe. Sometimes I forget that all that stuff happened. I have to be reminded because I played sports my whole life. That was my focus. I was a gymnast from the moment I could walk, then basketball, volleyball, diving, all-star cheerleading. I ended up going to college on a volleyball scholarship. That was just always around. Even if you look at Starrcade, you see me, both my brothers and my sister from a young age. It was always around… When I put on Russo in handcuffs, I had to be reminded of that recently. Or when we took a jet. My dad did something in like Atlanta and we stood in the ring or something, I can’t remember. My dad, my uncle Arn [Anderson]. I don’t remember who was there. I think it was the Four Horsemen. It was some kind of angle. Those little moments, I think because it happened so much and I didn’t really have to do anything except stand there. I didn’t really think about it.
A rumor has been gaining steam on social media this weekend about Alexa Bliss allegedly having heat with Ronda Rousey.
The rumor claims: “Bliss reportedly disliked working with Ronda due to her reckless in-ring style causing injuries. The shade thrown at Rousey from Alexa in a group chat with other WWE women confirmed the heat and the timing did see Bliss miss out on many months of action after getting banged up.”
Bliss shot that rumor down and said that it was “comical & untrue.”
Her full response reads, “This is quite comical & not true . I’m only in one group chat & it’s with my bridal party 😂 … #keeptryingtrolls”
The rumors about heat between Bliss and Rousey have been out there for a couple of years after Bliss stated on the “WWE 365” show that she suffered a concussion at Hell in a Cell 2018 in a match with Rousey. Bliss also talked about suffering a concussion in another match against Rousey at a house show.
In April of 2020, some of the WWE talent lashed out at Rousey for going on Steve-O’s show and referring to pro wrestling as “fake fights for fun.”
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During an interview with express.co.uk, Bliss said, “To kind of say what we do is fake is not fair. It’s scripted, 100 percent finish is scripted, but we tell people that. But don’t say what we do is fake because that’s just insulting.”
Bliss later said that the locker room quickly moved on from that situation but Rousey probably should have apologized. “But you hash it out and you get over it and you work together and now we all get along great and we are all one big family. I think she may have some apologizing to do because it was disrespectful and our company is built on respect. But I don’t see why she wouldn’t be welcome with open arms.”
Despite the rumors, it looks like there is currently no heat between Bliss and Rousey.
Charlotte Flair recently reflected on her current reign as the WWE SmackDown Women’s Champion as she’s been a champion in the company more than 10 times across three different brands.
Flair addressed criticism about her current championship reign while speaking with Graham GSM Matthews of Bleacher Report. In recent months, she feuded with Naomi and had a short program with Toni Storm before Toni departed from the company.
“For me, I think I would’ve liked to have more title defenses on pay-per-views, but under certain circumstances… It was cool being champion going into the Royal Rumble because that’s never happened before [with the women].”
Flair stated that she had been waiting to wrestle Naomi for five years and they were able to do it. She said it was special for her and it was fun to revisit the bitter best friend storyline with Becky Lynch at Survivor Series.
Flair thinks following her match with Ronda Rousey in the main event of night one of WrestleMania 38 next Saturday that anything that has happened in the past will be forgotten about.
“I think whatever I’ve done throughout this entire run will be forgotten about after WrestleMania,” she said. “I hate to say that because I loved working with Naomi and it was a pleasure being able to face Toni. I wish her the best. She has so much talent and is a star. I think, for me, everything will be forgotten once WrestleMania happens.”
Flair vs. Rousey is a rematch from the 2018 Survivor Series event. They previously headlined WrestleMania 35 in 2019 alongside Lynch in a triple threat match.
Rousey was trying to recite her scripted lines and she flubbed for a second as she was trying to say SmackDown Women’s Champion. At one point Rousey said, “you can call me your new Women’s SmackDown Champion. SmackDown Women’s Champion? Why do we even say ‘women’ in it anyway? You can call me the SmackDown Champion!”
That appeared to be an ad lib from Rousey but she made a good point because the Men’s titles are not referred to as the “Men’s Championship” but WWE makes the distinction with all of the women’s titles.
Next Friday is the go-home SmackDown before WrestleMania so presumably, we’ll see some physicality between Rousey and Flair before their WrestleMania Saturday match.
“Oh, I’m totally fantastic, fine. I tore my labial frenulum apparently, which is that little piece of skin that connects your lip to your jaw or whatever, my top jaw. I’m like so sick and not feeling good right now. Sorry guys if I sound like crap. I’ve literally sounded like this all day. So tired, Po [Rousey & Travis Browne’s child] was so fussy on the plane on the way back and just, you know, SmackDown was a very physical day. I’m sore, I’m sick, I’m tired..”
Rousey is slated to challenge Charlotte Flair for the SmackDown Women’s Championship on the first night of WrestleMania 38 next month in Dallas, Texas. She was recently part of a parking lot brawl with Flair on an episode of SmackDown