UFC Hall of Famer Ronda Rousey recently shattered the illusion of kayfabe by praising her opponents on social media after a match’‹.
In a recent episode of SmackDown, Ronda Rousey and Shayna Baszler emerged victorious as the Unified Women’s Tag Team Champions, defeating the NXT Women’s Tag Team Champions, Alba Fyre and Isla Dawn.
The match was a thrilling spectacle, with Dawn and Fyre putting up a valiant fight against the seasoned UFC alumni’‹.
Rousey’s performance in the WWE has been nothing short of remarkable since her debut in 2018, when she appeared in the first Women’s Royal Rumble. From her memorable match at WrestleMania 34 to her victories in the Women’s World Championships and the Women’s Royal Rumble in 2022, Rousey has consistently proved her mettle. However, it was her post-match comments on Instagram that truly set this SmackDown match apart’‹.
Breaking Kayfabe: A Display of Sportsmanship
Rousey shared a clip from the SmackDown match on Instagram, including the final moments where she and Baszler locked in their submission moves.
Breaking kayfabe, she lauded her opponents in the caption, stating, “Yaddah yadda ‘don’t break kayfabe’ but let’s be honest for a sec, these chicks @wwe_alba and @isla_dawn can f’n go.”
This unexpected commendation was a testament to the respect shared among the women who were rivals on screen’‹.
The Implications of Unified Women’s Tag Team Champions
Following their victory, Rousey and Baszler, the WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions, were declared the NXT Women’s Tag Team Champions.
As a result, they now hold the privilege of defending their titles across all three brands: Raw, SmackDown, and NXT. This decision signifies that the Tag Champions will be treated as free agents in the company going forward’‹.
This development also suggests that more main roster stars may be appearing on NXT soon. A recent example was Seth Rollins’ successful appearance on the black and gold brand, which boosted the ratings significantly.
This move seems strategically sound, particularly as Baszler, one of the most dominant NXT Women’s Champions, would be making her return to NXT. For Rousey, it would mark her first appearance on the black and gold brand, an exciting prospect for fans and a potential ratings boost for the company’‹.