WWE's grand summer spectacle, SummerSlam, unfolded on Saturday, August 5, 2023, and it was nothing short of thrilling. Among the electrifying matches that had fans on the edge of their seats, the MMA Rules clash between Shayna Baszler and Ronda Rousey stood out.
Following the match, WWE legend and Hall of Famer, Kurt Angle, weighed in on his eponymous podcast, "The Kurt Angle Show." Angle voiced his admiration for Rousey's sportsmanship, stating, "Ronda's gesture was genuinely commendable.
She’s reached a stature where she might have the clout to decide her match outcomes. Yet, she chose to put Baszler over. I perceive this as a collaborative decision between both athletes, with Rousey magnanimously boosting Shayna's star power.
Ronda truly deserves accolades for such humility."
Rousey's Potential WWE Farewell
The bout's climax, which saw Rousey succumb to a chokehold, is speculated to be her swansong in the WWE realm, at least for the foreseeable future.
Whispers had been circulating prior to SummerSlam about Rousey contemplating a hiatus. This speculation was given further weight when, post-defeat, Rousey took to social media intimating a potential step back from the squared circle, asserting she found little reason to continue her wrestling journey.
On a brighter note, Rousey appears to be channeling her energies into penning a new book, a venture that will undoubtedly pique the interest of her vast fan base. In the wake of her monumental SummerSlam triumph, Shayna Baszler didn't rest on her laurels.
Just last week on "WWE Raw," Baszler plunged headfirst into the simmering rivalry between wrestling stalwarts Becky Lynch and Trish Stratus. This involvement saw Baszler square off against Stratus' rising apprentice, Zoey Stark.
The match culminated with Baszler establishing dominance, besting Stark with her signature 'World's Baddest Slam' For those intrigued about the next chapter in Baszler's journey, tuning into "Raw" tonight is a must, as the trajectory of the erstwhile "WWE NXT" Women's Champion remains a compelling narrative.
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