Memorial Day saw the latest episode of "WWE Raw," culminating in the anointment of the new WWE Women's Tag Team Champions. Ronda Rousey and Shayna Baszler emerged victorious from the intense competition, bagging their inaugural tag team title.
Renowned as "The Baddest Woman on the Planet," Rousey is geared up to be a bold champion. However, her post-match interview with The New York Post had her confronting WWE with the demand for a more robust women's division.
Ronda Rousey Challenges WWE's Women's Division
Rousey expressed concern about the lack of stiff competition in the division, stating, "We aim to be the most engaged champions out there.
The dream is to defend this title on both 'SmackDown' and 'Raw' every week, perhaps even twice. However, the women's division presents a more balanced field of contenders. The count of women in the division wouldn't suffice to keep us occupied for even a month." She further challenged the WWE management to take a more significant interest and invest in strengthening the tag division.
During her sabbatical from April 2019 until January 2022, Rousey noted that the women's division was "stripped clean." She attributed this situation to the severe budget cuts implemented during the pandemic. This resulted in a position where they strive to maximize the limited resources available, with the tag team division being less than ten members strong.
Undeniably, WWE has made significant efforts in the past year to rebuild the women's division, especially since Triple H assumed the position of Chief Content Officer. Yet, the journey has not been without setbacks. A recent blow was dealt when Liv Morgan, a former title holder, suffered a shoulder injury in the exact "SmackDown" match that allegedly caused Dakota Kai a knee injury.
Thus, while strides are being made in the right direction, Rousey's words serve as a reminder that there is still a long way to go before the women's division hits its stride once more.