On Monday Night Raw, Ronda Rousey lay waste to Becky Lynch.
The Baddest Woman on the Planet finally showed the darker side of her character – the side which made her a star in UFC, talking trash and backing it up by destroying opponents – with a brutal beatdown of The Man.
It came after Stephanie McMahon had declared that Lynch’s 60-day suspension had been annulled and that she would be facing Charlotte Flair at Fastlane for the WWE Raw Women’s title – the title Rousey seemingly vacated last week.
McMahon also declared that Rousey had been removed from the Women’s Championship match with Flair at WrestleMania.
Needless to say, that announcement stunned the WWE Universe – and left Rousey, still to be pinned or submitted in WWE, furious.
Rousey marched to the ring to confront McMahon, Flair and Lynch, with a few demands of her own.
And she declared: “Damn the Man, screw the woo, and no more Mrs Nice B****."
Moments later, Rousey flipped the script in a way pretty much unseen since her switch from The Octagon, kicking Flair out of the ring and destroying Lynch.
In a monumental beatdown, Rousey threw punches galore, trashed Lynch with her own crutch and left her laying in the squared circle.
Symbolically, as Flair retreated up the ramp, she stood over Lynch and lifted the title high in the air.
But as the cameras stopped rolling on Raw, Rousey didn’t leave the ring – but instead continued to decimate Lynch in front of the watching crowd.
And afterwards, following weeks of back and forth on social media, Rousey had another message for Lynch.
Predictably, WWE fans loved the new harder edge shown by Rousey – who for too long has been booked as someone who was just happy to be there.
The question now is not where do we go from here, but rather, how?
The situation has become rather convoluted in the weeks since Royal Rumble, when it looked set for a simple Lynch-Rousey main event at WrestleMania 35.
Throwing Flair into the mix hasn’t really helped, but with a threeway at the so-called ‘Show of Shows’ seemingly the destination, all that’s left to plot is the course.
Right now, after Monday night, it is Rousey who looks more dominant than ever before.
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