On the December 30th episode of SmackDown, Ronda Rousey lost her SmackDown Women’s Title to Charlotte Flair in under a minute.
The match came after Flair had made a surprise return having been absent since May. The Queen quickly laid down a challenge to Rousey, who had just retained her title against Raquel Rodriguez and the match was on. However, Rousey’s pride quickly proved to be her undoing as Flair reversed an Arm Bar into a pin.
Ronda Rousey – “I’m Tired Of That Title”
Reflecting on her SmackDown loss on a recent live stream on YouTube, Rousey hinted at frustration with her recent run and that it might be time for a new challenge. The star said that she was “tired” of Flair and the SmackDown Women’s Title, before suggesting that she could enter the tag tea division.
“I don’t know, guys, I’m kind of tired of Charlotte. I’m tired of that title. I already did it, you know? I’m thinking of taking over the tag division.”
Rousey has expressed an interest in winning tag team gold previously, stating in December that she “didn’t need” a singles title.
2022 has been one of the more tumultuous years of Ronda Rousey’s career. Despite adding two SmackDown Women’s Title wins, and a Royal Rumble victory to her CV, the star has come in for heavy criticism from large sections of WWE’s fanbase. This came to a head following Survivor Series, where after one high-profile botch too many, “Fire Ronda Rousey” trended on Twitter for two days.
Even in recent days the former UFC star has come under fire from WWE Hall of Famer Teddy Long. The veteran suggested that while he likes Rousey personally, she isn’t a “wrestling person” and doesn’t take the industry seriously.
On the January 6th episode of SmackDown, Charlotte Flair made the first defence of her newly won title seeing off Sonya Deville.
H/t to Wrestling Inc