Returning to WWE in the women’s Royal Rumble match, Ronda Rousey came back with a vengeance. ‘The Baddest Woman on the Planet’ proved herself as precisely that, taking no prisoners in her quest to become the SmackDown Women’s Championship, a title she is now holding for a second time. She unseated Liv Morgan to reclaim the gold in a namesake match at the Extreme Rules premium live event.
During a recent Ronda On The Road vlog on her YouTube channel, Ronda Rousey mentioned how she’d pitched to WWE officials to remove the term ‘women’s’ from the respective championships. Though the move was rejected, Rousey reached an agreement that will see her refrain from using the term on WWE programming.
WWE Hall of Famer Alundra Blayze has taken issue with this. In a new interview with The A2theK Wrestling Show podcast, the legendary Women’s Champion claimed that while she understood the gist of what Ronda Rousey was trying to get across, it left her confused:
“Ronda Rousey came out saying, ‘I’m taking the name women’s out of the title.’ I’m like, ‘What the f*ck for?’ I mean, so we just call it ‘The Title?’ Intercontinental is for men. I get what she’s saying, right? But then if we just have ‘SmackDown,’ does that mean then it’s for men and women? Is it an intergender now? I’m confused but I understand what she’s trying to say.”
WWE had previously experimented with this idea, briefly renaming the NXT Women’s Championship to simply the NXT Championship during Rhea Ripley’s run with the gold. This was, however, soon reverted.
Ronda Rousey Will Face Shotzi At Survivor Series
Having most recently defended against the returning Emma on the October 28 Friday Night SmackDown, Ronda Rousey will next put the SmackDown Women’s Championship on the line against Shotzi at Survivor Series: WarGames. That goes down on Saturday, November 26.
The one-time NXT Women’s Tag Team Champion earned the opportunity by besting Raquel Rodriguez, Liv Morgan, Sonya Deville, Lacey Evans, and Xia Li on the November 11 blue brand broadcast. This will mark her first televised attempt at a main roster WWE singles championship.