Raquel Rodriguez received a lot of appreciation on social networking sites for her performance on this week’s SmackDown against SmackDown Women’s Champion Ronda Rousey.
For all those who skipped the show, Rousey approved an Open Challenge for the title, to which Rodriguez responded. Since the fight, Raquel has been trending on Twitter.
Rodriguez used her signature power moves to dominate the majority of the nearly 6-minute match. Rousey managed to escape a Chingona Bomb attempt to pin Rodriguez with such a roll-up combo.
Following the match, Rousey and Rodriguez exchanged handshakes, and Raquel gestured how close she went to winning the SmackDown Women’s championship. Rousey left the ring with a nod. The women received a standing ovation from the audience at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. Highlights from Raquel Rodriguez vs the Ronda Rousey are available below.
During WrestleMania 38’s opening night, Charlotte Flair defeated Ronda Rousey in a contentious match. Rousey was determined to reclaim Flair’s title, and she booked an I Quit match against 13-time women’s title for WrestleMania Backlash on May 8.
Dave Meltzer predicted that Rousey would win the SmackDown Women’s title at the premium live event, and he explained why:
The thing is, I believe Ronda will win the title. Because losing an I Quit match would be disastrous for her. So, I believe she will be awarded the title. However, as a babyface, Lacey’s natural competitor is Charlotte. Because Charlotte is the most powerful heel on the SmackDown brand. But anything can happen. Maybe that’s something to think about in the future.
What Will Ronda Rousey And Charlotte Flair Do After WrestleMania Backlash?
Following WrestleMania Backlash, it’s possible that WWE would choose to split Ronda Rousey and Charlotte Flair, allowing them to pursue separate approaches on the blue brand.
WWE has indeed unified its major championships, and it appears that the same will happen including its tag team titles at WrestleMania Backlash. Whilst also there’s been no indication that the company intends to unify the women’s championships, weird things have happened previously. Regardless of who walks away from WrestleMania Backlash with the gold, neither Flair nor Rousey can rule out a feud with Bianca Belair to unify the women’s championship as well.