Since her debut match at WrestleMania 34, the “baddest woman on the planet” Ronda Rousey has been pretty much untouchable in the ring, and it’s never felt like she’s close to losing, despite several near falls.
Going on a long unbeaten run following your debut isn’t exactly a never seen before trick in WWE, but fans were really starting to question whether Rousey would ever lose.
Even in tag matches, it was always Ronda that picked up the win, whether through her own physicality or by helping her less talented partner, but all that changed last night on Raw.
Teaming with Natalya to take on Bayley and Ronda’s Royal Rumble opponent Sasha Banks, all four women came out looking great, but the really interesting thing was that Ronda’s team lost.
— WWE (@WWE) January 22, 2019
Sasha Banks locked Natalya in the Bank Statement and tapped her out, meaning it’s the first time Ronda has lost in WWE. Yes, she herself wasn’t pinned or submitted, but it’s still a black mark on her previously perfect record.
Of course, this doesn’t mean that Sasha Banks is going to win the Raw Women’s Championship come Sunday, but it has at least made her look like a genuine threat, something WWE has struggled to do with any of her other challengers.
Building genuine title contenders is one of the most vital parts of pro-wrestling storytelling, and it’s a refreshing change to see WWE doing it properly.