Led by Ronda Rousey, The Four Hoursewomen of MMA Made Their Presence Known at WWE's Summer Slam
It doesn’t matter where she is nor what sport she is competing in, Ronda Rousey gets the job done. The former UFC Women’s Bantamweight Champion walked out of SummerSlam as the new WWE RAW Women’s Champion, easily dispatching of Alexa Bliss.
In front of over 14,000 fans inside the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY, Rousey had the biggest challenge of her short pro wrestling career. It happened to be against one of the smallest opponents she’s faced, who is not one to underestimate. The smart money was on Rousey, and there was a reason for that. Nobody expected it to be a legitimate squash match, however, with Rousey dominating every aspect of the bout. After various suplexes, mean mugs and body shots, the result was almost too obvious.
In the end, Rousey made Bliss tap with an armbar, and the crowd at the Barclays Center erupted with adulation. Being there live, I was shocked to see a match with so much promotional work for it end that fast. It was a feel-good moment, however, especially with her best friend Natalya by her side. Just last week her father, Jim “The Anvil” Neidhart unexpectedly passed away. For her to still do her job after going through something like that makes her a true warrior.
Rousey became the first woman to hold the UFC and Strikeforce Bantamweight, along with a WWE Women’s Title. While various competitors have held titles in the MMA and pro wrestling world (Dan Severn, Brock Lesnar, Bobby Lashley, Ken Shamrock), Rousey’s history-making moment will never be forgotten. Nobody has adapted to the pro wrestling style faster than Rousey, which makes her title win that much sweeter.
On the other side of things, another member of the Four Horsewomen of MMA was in action this past weekend. While Shayna Baszler lost the NXT Women’s Championship to Kairi Sane the night before SummerSlam at NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn, she put on one of the best matches of her young career. She helped establish that title as the top piece of gold in WWE, with her shoot-style wrestling carrying her. There is no doubt that she will succeed with WWE, whether paired with Rousey or not.
Now, all we have to do is wait for Jessamyn Duke and Marina Shafir to make their WWE debuts. Imagine the damage this team can do together, especially with Survivor Series around the corner.