In the latest episode of Friday Night SmackDown, the new female champion of the blue show Ronda Rousey has launched an open challenge for anyone who wants to challenge her at that moment for the belt, since according to her she wants to be a champion who fights and defends.
To accept the challenge was the rookie Raquel Rodriguez, former NXT champion known in the brand as Raquel Gonzalez, who proved to be up to the challenge, dominating practically the entire match and also receiving a handshake as a sign of respect from Rousey herself.
at the end of the match, which obviously remained champion. During a recent episode of the Busted Open podcast, Bully Ray stated that her first impression of the Latin superstar was that of a bodyguard, who then became similar to Trish Stratus, who just like her years before, wanted to improve in the ring.
Bully Ray on Raquel Rodriguez
"When I first saw Raquel Rodriguez at NXT I thought she was just going to be the bodyguard. Just stand there, look giant, look evil, have a hard stare and have a limited skill set. As the weeks go by.
I saw this woman improve every week. And in a way she reminded me of Trish Stratus, a very big compliment to Raquel Rodriguez because Trish has always wanted to improve and improve so quickly and I was seeing that in Raquel as well.
And when she left NXT she was having quality matches,” Bully Ray said. The Hall of Famer also added that he was impressed by the work of Ronda Rousey in the episode of SmackDown, so much so that he hopes to see again where this situation of the open challenges for the title will go: "What I saw last night with Ronda is me liked everything, it made me say: 'Good job, Ronda!
I respect you for that.' [...] And they can do this thing every week just like what they did last night where Ronda wins, but her opponent finds a way to take a step forward." The Baddest Woman on the Planet captured the title at WrestleMania Backlash by defeating Charlotte Flair.
The two stars collided in a brutal 'I Quit' match at the event. Rousey forced The Queen to utter the dreaded words after locking her up in an armbar using a steel chair. It was announced after the bout that Flair injured her arm and will be out of action for some time.
On the latest episode of SmackDown, the UFC Hall of Famer issued an open challenge to the women's locker room, which Raquel Rodriguez answered.