A top star wants WWE to improve the company’s “dismally shallow” women’s division.
On the May 29 episode of WWE Raw, Ronda Rousey and Shayna Baszler defeated Shotzi & Raquel Rodriguez, Sonya Deville & Chelsea Green and Damage CTRL to win the vacant WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships.
The titles introduced in 2019 have been subject to a great deal of criticism over the questionable booking surrounding them since their creation. There have been randomly put together teams and the division overall has lacked depth for the most part.
Speaking with Ryan Glasspiegel of the New York Post, Ronda Rousey commented on her title win and the lack of competition in the division. She said:
“Well, the lack of competition is really the problem. I mean, we want to be the most active champions out there. I want to be able to defend this title every week and even twice a week on both ‘SmackDown’ and ‘Raw’.”
“But with how dismally shallow the women’s division is right now, there’s not enough women around here to keep us busy for a month. So that’s the biggest challenge that we have is to get this company to actually care and invest into this tag division.”
Rousey continued on to reference the way the women’s division changed during her time away in 2019 when she took time away to become a mother, saying:
“It was like the entire women’s division just got stripped clean. Now we’re the women that are the women that are left trying to piece together, you know, stories and a division, a tag division with around 10 women or even less on each roster.”
“I mean, we’re trying the best that we can to make chicken s**t into chicken salad, and we made some amazing chicken salad (Monday night).”
Emphasizing that she and Shayna Baszler have been lobbying to team together “for years”, Ronda stated:
“I think that’s the one thing that really sets us apart from every single person, every single tag team in, in the history of this company is that we’ve, we came here already tested and we came here already closer than anyone’s ever been.”
“We’ve literally fought together, bled together, cried together everything. So there’s nothing that’s going to tear us apart, especially not a fantasy-land company like this.”
Here are full results from WWE Night of Champions 2023:
World Heavyweight Championship – Seth ‘Freakin’ Rollins def. AJ Styles
Trish Stratus def. Becky Lynch after interference from Zoey Stark
Intercontinental Championship – Gunther (c) def. Mustafa Ali
Raw Women’s Championship – Asuka def. Bianca Belair (c)
SmackDown Women’s Championship – Rhea Ripley (c) def. Natalya
Brock Lesnar def. Cody Rhodes
Undisputed WWE Tag Team Championship – Kevin Owens & Sami Zayn (c) def. Roman Reigns & Solo Sikoa after the Usos accidentally superkicked Sikoa, and Jimmy Uso purposely superkicked Reigns
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