WWE: Ronda Rousey on “Dismally Shallow” Women’s Tag Division, Logan Paul on In-Ring Future, More News

Ronda Rousey Comments on “Dismally Shallow” WWE Women’s Tag Division

This past Monday’s WWE RAW show in Albany, New York featured Ronda Rousey and Shayna Baszler winning the WWE Women’s Tag Team Championship in a Four-way match for the vacant titles.

The New York Post held a recent interview with Rousey. One of the topics discussed included Rousey’s thoughts on her issues with WWE’s handling of the Women’s Tag Team division and the division itself being “dismally shallow” in terms of quality teams.

“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.

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 shit into chicken salad, and we made some amazing chicken salad (Monday night).”

Rousey also gave her thoughts about her pairing with Baszler and why it is different compared to other women tag teams who have held the WWE Women’s Tag Team Championship.

“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.”

Logan Paul Comments on Being “Hungry & Excited” to Return to WWE

A recent episode of the Impaulsive podcast featured co-host Logan Paul’s thoughts about his eagerness to return to WWE and get back into a ring.

“I am so hungry to get back in there dude. I am so hungry to get back in there and I just got cable. I just got cable down here in Puerto Rico so I’ve been watching Monday Night Raw and Friday Night SmackDown and the big events. Night of Champions just happened. As a fan, and for the first time, I’m watching the consumer angle. I didn’t always do that. As a YouTuber, I got to go and be a YouTuber because I knew what people are looking for, what they wanted and what made a good video and kept the audience retained. Now, as a WWE fan, I can see how the performance translates from what it feels like from my perspective to on TV and I think this angle and these last three months I’ve had off in this sport will lead to an amazing next couple of years in the WWE… I’ll really excited to get back.”

Transcript h/t: PostWrestling.com

WWE News & Notes

As noted before, Alexa Bliss announced on Tuesday that she and her husband are currently expecting the birth of their first child. In response to a fan on Twitter, Bliss stated that she was not leaving wrestling and instead will return in the future.

WWE recently announced the full schedule of live events that Roman Reigns will be making appearances during this summer period.

PWInsider’s Mike Johnson reported that his sources stated that Trish Stratus is currently scheduled to be appearing regularly for WWE’s RAW brand going forward. Johnson reported that Stratus’ recent pairing with Zoey Stark was not meant to act as a proxy for her absence for her current feud with Becky Lynch.

A new wrestling-related biopc based on former NXT talent Kavita Devi reportedly is currently planned to go into production, according to Times of India.

NXT talents Kevin Ventura-Cortes and Javier Bernal reportedly were the identities of the opponents for Indus Sher for their tag team match at this past Monday’s RAW show in Albany, New York, according to PWInsider.

As noted before, Tommaso Ciampa has been out of action for WWE since this past October due to a hip-related injury. Fightful Select reported that their sources stated that Ciampa was in attendance backstage at this past Monday’s RAW show in Albany.

NXT officials reportedly were very thrilled over the reception and quality of their NXT Battleground event this past Sunday in Lowell, Massachusetts, according to PWInsider. Mike Johnson reported that several NXT officials felt that it was the best “milestone” event in some time while one source spoken to stated that it was “worlds ahead” compared to their Stand & Deliver 2023 event from this past April.

This past Sunday’s AEW Double or Nothing 2023 event featured a rap promo by Max Caster that an insult directed towards Buddy Matthews saying that he was getting cucked by his girlfriend Rhea Ripley with Dominik Mysterio. This was in reference to Ripley and Mysterio’s on-screen pairing and storyline growing close relationship in WWE. Ripley and Mysterio recently responded on Twitter about Caster’s rap line. Ripley statedHey @DomMysterio35, we’re over in two companies” and Mysterio responded with a Fresh Prince of Bel Air gif in agreement with Ripley.

PWInsider’s Mike Johnson reported that his sources stated that WWE officials were extremely happy over how their Night of Champions 2023 event went down this past Saturday in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. Johnson reported that Night of Champions 2023 managed to set two new records for highest ever live merchandise sales and highest ever viewership on Peacock for a Saudi event in WWE history. In regards to viewership, Johnson reported that Night of Champions 2023 was up 18% in viewership compared to the previous record that was set by this past November’s Crown Jewel 2022 event.

Fightful Select reported that their sources stated that the reason why The O.C. were absent from WWE programming while AJ Styles was out with an injury was due to WWE officials not having any substantial creative plans for the group at the time. It was reported that WWE officials had made some creative pitches for the rest of the group around the time of WrestleMania 39 but dropped those ideas due to Styles being close enough for a return.