Ronda Rousey's future in WWE appeared uncertain following a dramatic showdown at SummerSlam, where her real-life best friend and former tag team partner, Shayna Baszler, left her unconscious with a powerful chokehold. The highly anticipated MMA Rules match marked the first time the two friends clashed in a WWE ring, having recently parted ways as a tag team after an emotional falling-out at Money In The Bank, where Baszler's betrayal cost them the Women's Tag Team Championships.
From the onset of the bout, both fierce competitors wasted no time in engaging in a brutal ground-and-pound exchange, showcasing their mastery of submission holds and unleashing relentless punches. The intensity escalated when Rousey delivered a thunderous running knee to Baszler's face, leaving the resilient fighter dazed, though she fought on.
Baszler Signature Move Seals Rousey Fate
As the match wore on, ring doctors entered the scene to assess Baszler's condition after she appeared to be in distress in the corner. Unyielding in her determination, Rousey pushed away the medical assistance, signaling her commitment to claiming victory.
However, the pivotal moment of the match came when Baszler locked in her signature Kirifuda Clutch, a move she had undoubtedly learned from countless training sessions with Rousey herself. Desperate to escape the punishing hold, Rousey made a valiant attempt to reach the ropes, only to realize that, under the MMA Rules stipulation, rope breaks held no sway.
Baszler, with her impeccable understanding of Rousey's techniques, cleverly countered an armbar attempt, transitioning seamlessly into another Kirifuda Clutch, this time securing the submission and rendering Rousey unconscious.
The outcome left both fans and WWE personnel stunned, as it now raises serious questions about Ronda Rousey's future in the company. While WWE has seen its fair share of rivalries and betrayals, the emotional connection between Rousey and Baszler adds an intriguing layer to the fallout.
Whether this marks the end of Rousey's WWE journey or sparks a new chapter of animosity between the two remains to be seen. Regardless of what the future holds, the SummerSlam match between Rousey and Baszler will undoubtedly be etched into WWE history as a memorable and emotionally charged encounter between two fierce competitors and former friends turned bitter adversaries.