WWE is evaluating its options for Ronda Rousey’s next challenger for the SmackDown Women’s Championship. Ronda was originally set to square off with Sasha Banks at Hell in a Cell, but Sasha and Naomi walked out, leaving the company in a precarious position. A new opponent must be found on short notice for the upcoming premium live event.
There are several options, although many of them have been built up as championship contenders. Raquel Gonzalez had an excellent showing against Ronda Rousey on a recent episode of SmackDown, but it could be too soon to run that back. There are also choices from Monday Night Raw, many of which don’t make sense at the current time.
Dave Meltzer discussed WWE’s dilemma on the latest Wrestling Observer Radio. Dave listed several possible opponents that could challenge Rousey for the title. WWE may have to get creative to find something that works.
“That was never the plan [for Ronda Rousey to have a rematch against Raquel Gonzalez]. The plan was Ronda Rousey and Sasha Banks. So, now they have to make a new plan. You’ve got Raquel Gonzalez, you’ve got Natalya, you’ve got Shayna. Who else you got?
You could do Becky Lynch, but they’re not going to do Ronda Rousey – Becky Lynch. You know, Bianca Belair and Asuka are together, it’s not going to be that. So yeah, you could send Carmella or whatever. You could send Rhea Ripley.”
The issue could be resolved on WWE television this week. The company can not afford to waste much time coming up with a new plan. Fans will have to stay tuned to see exactly what will transpire.
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