Ronda Rousey is a two-time Smackdown Women’s Champion in WWE. She first won the title at WrestleMania Backlash in May 2022 by defeating Charlotte Flair in an I Quit Match. Then at Extreme Rules in October, she defeated Liv Morgan in an Extreme Rules match to gain back the title from the superstar who took the title away from her via Money in the Bank cash-in.
The latest SmackDown Women’s Championship defense for Ronda Rousey took place against Shotzi at Survivor Series WarGames which was expected all the way heading into the match. During the match, the champion was featured in a spot where she blocked a DDT from Shotzi on the apron. This resulted in the challenger landing on the floor in a stiff manner. Afterward, there were concerns regarding the challenger but she was doing okay.
Speaking about Survivor Series, Ronda Rousey offered an explanation for that uncomfortable spot that received an adverse response from fans. It was revealed that the two match participants were unable to rehearse the spot prior to the match. The champion was simply protecting her opponent but it couldn’t be done in a proper manner,
“I actually pitched that spot because I’ve loved that she does that. We couldn’t practice it in my ring because my ropes were too loose. And then we couldn’t practice it when we got to the arena because there was these big cages … It’s the first time I ever did it. I was really concerned with keeping Shotzi safe, and I made it look bad.” (Quotes courtesy Wrestling INC)
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Ronda Rousey experienced something new at Survivor Series 2022
Not all the moves performed inside the squared circle are executed in an expected manner. Just like Brock Lesnar’s botched Shooting Star Press at WrestleMania 19, or Lita’s botched suicide dive during the first-ever all-female main event match on Raw against Trish Stratus in 2004. Ronda Rousey has also gone through a similar experience but she didn’t end up causing any injury.
A legend in the UFC industry, Ronda Rousey performed inside the squared circle for the first time at WrestleMania 34, teaming up with WWE Hall of Famer Kurt Angle to get a win over the real-life couple in Triple H and Stephanie McMahon. She then won the Raw Women’s Championship, her first pro-wrestling title at SummerSlam 2018.