On May 29th, Ronda Rousey and Shayna Baszler finally won the Women’s Tag Team Titles.
The victory has been a long time coming as it was reported that Rousey began pushing to team with Baszler and win the titles back in December 2022. Baszler and Rousey won the gold after Liv Morgan and Raquel Rodriguez were forced to vacate the titles after the former suffered a shoulder injury.
Appearing on Cheap Heat with Peter Rosenberg, Shayna Baszler discussed her partnership with Rousey, commenting that her tag team partner demanded it.
“Ronda is Ronda, right. She’s been main title, she main-evented WrestleMania. She still gets one of the loudest pops when we walk out. This was something she demanded. We’d been asking for it forever, but she finally put her foot down and went to the office and said, ‘Listen, we’ve been asking for this forever. You keep telling us, ‘After, after, after this [and] this.’ I honestly don’t know if she hadn’t done that, if they ever would have got to it.
I wasn’t in a position yet to be elevated to a Ronda level, so the fact that Ronda said, ‘No, stop. I’ve done this. I want to do this because this is why I started wrestling.’ So I think that’s huge. She could be main-eventing SummerSlam. She doesn’t have to be where she is, which is elevating these titles,”
Bazler went on to praise her friend for not being out for herself, wanting to elevate the tag team division.
“Yeah, it’s just a direction that I don’t think they would have looked at, just because Ronda is who she is. As much as, love her or hate her, she brings eyes, and that’s the way she’s always been. She was that way in MMA. I at least want people to understand, this is happening because she demanded it. She demanded to work with me as a friend, so it’s cool to have someone who truly isn’t out for themselves. In show business, that’s so rare, so it’s very cool,”
Ronda Rousey Slams “Dismally Shallow” Division
After winning the Women’s Tag Team Titles, Ronda Rousey went on the offensive against the tag team division and even management. The former UFC star said the biggest challenge was now to make WWE “actually care” about the division while blasting the current strength in depth as “dismally shallow.”
H/t to Fightful