A big title change in WWE is said to be “on hold” due to the status of one particular talent.
The health of former WWE Smackdown Women’s Champion Ronda Rousey has been a prominent topic lately with her dealing with an arm injury, particularly in the lead up to WrestleMania 39.
While Rousey would compete in the four-way ‘showcase’ tag match on night two of Mania, she would barely physically compete in the match, only applying an arm-bar at the end for the win.
This also wasn’t the original plan, as Rousey and Baszler had been pencilled in to win the Women’s Tag Team Championship at Mania, but couldn’t due to Rouey’s injury.
Rousey has not been seen since WrestleMania as well as her partner Shayna Baszler, suggesting that the former UFC star still isn’t cleared for action.
This speculation has been furthered by other teams who lost to Baszler and Rousey at Mania such as new champions Raquel Rodriguez and Liv Morgan as well as Sonya Deville and Chelsea Green jumping ahead of them in the tag title picture.
Now, an update has been given via Dave Meltzer’s Wrestling Observer Newsletter on Rousey’s injury status and how it has affected WWE’s creative plans.
“The Rousey & Baszler chase of the women’s tag title is on hold because Rousey is still out of action with her broken forearm. She did WrestleMania because it was WrestleMania in Los Angeles but was clearly not ready and still isn’t ready to return.
“It was noted to us that her mentality regarding the injury was basically “F*** it,” she’s doing WrestleMania no matter what, basically because of her mentality from both herself and her mom regarding competing in real sports while injured.”
While Rousey’s status is much the same as of right now, expect herself and Baszler to be launched back into the tag title scene upon their return, with Baszler hinting as such on Twitter.
As for the current champions Morgan and Rodriguez, they will defend their titles against Green and Deville at tonight’s Friday Night Smackdown (April 21).
WWE will no doubt want Rousey back in action for Backlash in Puerto Rico, and that’ll likely be where she returns if possible, but it’s unknown right now whether she’ll be cleared in time.
If you are #1 who cares if #2 steps out in front of #3? https://t.co/D01WKcGXtt
— Shayna Baszler (@QoSBaszler) April 11, 2023
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