As we had reported until a few days ago, WWE was in serious difficulty in finding an opponent for its champion of the blue show, Ronda Rousey, after the departure of Sasha Banks, who was to be the one who was to challenge the 'former MMA Fighter in Hell in a Cell, but then preferred to leave WWE, together with her colleague Naomi for the creative differences of their characters.
In his latest newsletter to the Wrestling Observer radio show, Dave Meltzer had also tried to analyze the situation around the blue show champion in the post-Charlotte, highlighting a large enough difficulty for WWE management to find in such a short time.
an opponent worthy of the reign of Ronda Rousey, after Sasha's departure.
Natalya will face Ronda Rousey at Hell in a Cell
WWE Superstar Raquel Rodriguez stated that she's happy with her match against Ronda Rousey, calling it one of the best matches of her career.
During the episode of the blue show that aired tonight on FOX televisions, WWE wanted to stage a Six Pack Challenge, which should have already been staged on Raw, when Sasha and Naomi left the company, with the athletes called into question who were instead: Raquel Rodriguez, Aliyah, Shayna Baszler, Natalya, Shotzi and Xia Li.
All of them had the opportunity to compete for the title of Smackdown champion with the Baddest Woman on the Planet, but only Natalya managed to beat the competition of the other five opponents, going to pin Shotzi, with a robbery victory that brought her directly in the presence of Ronda Rousey, her great friend in real life, but now also a great opponent in the rings.
Just two days after the PPV airs, therefore, WWE's managed to find a challenger to its champion of the blue show, with the feud between Natalya and Ronda that will not have time to grow on-screen, but which will certainly send in scene a great performance, given the athletes called on the field for this great contest.
Speaking about the bout on this latest edition of The Bump, Rodriguez disclosed where her match on SmackDown stands. The 31-year-old also detailed other top matches from her career: "I rank it at the top. If not number one then number two because I’ve had some pretty intense matches.
I've had brawls with Rhea Ripley, I've had high-flying, long, scary matches with the IO Shirai that were just thrilling and then I've had this [against Ronda], which was just a mental battle the entire time. It was no longer about using things outside of the ring."