Paige VanZant and Ronda Rousey have very similar backgrounds, but VanZant’s All Elite Wrestling teammate Scorpio Sky is determined to have her stand outwith Rousey’s shadow.
Having spent seven years as a flyweight boxer with UFC, Paige VanZant finally made her in-ring debut with All Elite Wrestling at the Double or Nothing pay-per-view. Teaming with Ethan Page and Scorpio Sky, VanZant defeated Tay Conti, Sammy Guevara, and Frankie Kazarian.
Comparisons have already been drawn between Paige and Ronda Rousey, but VanZant has proven she’s got what it takes to quickly step outside of Rousey’s shadow. Though still a bit rough around the edges, the former UFC fighter showed promise at Double or Nothing.
“I knew there was going to be comparisons to Ronda. It was important to me, for the say that I had, to do things that would make her seem different. I didn’t want it to look like, ‘This is their version of Ronda.’ I wanted her to stand out. ‘This isn’t our version of Ronda, this is Paige VanZant.’
She did a great job of showing her individuality in her appearance and the way she carried herself. She was herself out there. She has a big fanbase and a lot of people like her. There’s a lot more that can be done with her.”
Paige VanZant wrestling an atypical style at Double or Nothing, as she possessed more of a wrestling style rather than a mixed martial arts approach to pro wrestling. This, for the most part, wasn’t the case with Ronda Rousey when she first stepped foot into the WWE ring.
“It feels amazing. You know, everybody keeps asking me when I’m gonna pick a lane. I don’t have to I’m gonna be good at absolutely everything I do. I got my next bare-knuckle boxing match coming up in London on July 16th.
I knew that this was the only place I wanted to make my AEW debut. It had to be big and it had to be on pay-per-view. I am a pay-per-view person. They’ve got to pay me the pay-per-view dollars to show up.
I hope [you see me wrestling again] soon. I came out of this match unscathed and I have zero injuries. I put on a dominant performance. I can’t wait for my solo match.”
There’s no word yet on when Paige VanZant will next wrestle, though a singles bout with Tay Conti has been heavily rumoured ever since VanZant signed her AEW contract on Conti’s motionless body.