Ronda Rousey Finally Lives Up to Hype with Punishing Promo Blasting Bella Twins

Donald Wood@@Donald_WoodFeatured ColumnistOctober 16, 2018

IMAGE DISTRIBUTED FOR WWE - Ronda Rousey celebrates the Mae Young Classic at the Thomas & Mack Center on Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017, in Las Vegas. (Bizuayehu Tesfaye/AP Images for WWE)
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On Monday's episode of Raw, Ronda Rousey proved all of the hype was warranted when she unleashed the best promo of her short WWE career eviscerating The Bella Twins.

It was announced last week that the former UFC star would defend the Raw Women's Championship at Evolution against Nikki Bella after the twins turned heel on her during a post-match attack.

There were few hardcore wrestling fans who cared about the title match, but after a single promo that showed Rousey's upside, the WWE Universe is ready to see her get her hands on a Bella come Oct. 28.

Even the most jaded fans have to give Rousey credit for her promo Monday.

It is important for women's wrestling that Evolution is a successful show, and she deserves immense credit for not only cutting the best promo of her WWE career on the road to the event but also generating mainstream buzz for the blockbuster show.

The 31-year-old came to the company with mainstream credibility because of her MMA and acting careers, but the key is translating that success to WWE. With outlets giving the Rousey vs. Bella Twins feud constant coverage, Monday's promo should continue to fuel excitement for the first all-women's pay-per-view.

Ryan Satin @ryansatin

That segment definitely made Nikki Bella vs. Ronda Rousey feel like a main event-worthy match for Evolution, so mission accomplished. #RAW

At times, Rousey has struggled on the mic and fueled those who questioned her quick rise to the top of the women's division. While she continues to get better on the mic, Monday's promo was the champion's finest moment with her new company.

And as Rousey said herself, WWE is her home now.

Unlike other two-sport athletes who have made the jump to wrestling and failed, Rousey is obviously dedicating herself to the sport behind the scenes, and the improvements she has made thus far justify the hype she has received since coming to WWE.

Brian Campbell @BCampbellCBS

That Rousey-Bellas segment was absolute gold and the best presentation yet of Ronda's character. Great writing. #Raw

Scott Fishman @smFISHMAN

“...the only door you knocked down was to John Cena’s bedroom.” - Ronda Rousey to Nikki Bella #WWE #Raw https://t.co/4jxNoKvGL4

From an in-ring perspective, Rousey was always ahead of the curve thanks to her judo and mixed martial arts background. With the advancements made over the last several months on the mic, though, her ability in the ring now matches her character's toughness and edge.

The WWE Universe has wanted Rousey to be the bona fide badass she has proved herself to be, but she hasn't been allowed to show that edge. The hope is Monday's brutal burial of The Bella Twins is just the first step in a long line of elite promos from the champion.


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