Real Reasons Ronda Rousey LOST At WWE WrestleMania 35! | WrestleTalk News Apr. 2019

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What was your match of the night from WrestleMania
35? We’ve got a packed show of news for
you today, including an update on whether
or not the finish of the main event was a
botch, new details on All Elite Wrestling’s
TV deal in October, as well as details on
the man who attacked Bret Hart at the Hall
of Fame on Saturday night. Click the timestamps
to jump to any of those news stories if doing
that sort of thing takes your fancy.
We’d like to extend a huge thank you to
everyone who joined us for our live streams
of NXT TakeOver: New York, G1 Supercard and
last night’s WrestleMania as well as our
WWE2K19 play throughs over on ScreenStalker,
it was so much fun to watch these shows with
you beautiful members of the SWAFT Nation.
And the fun doesn’t stop there, as Oli Davis
and myself will be doing live streams of both
the Raw and Smackdown After WrestleMania tonight
and tomorrow night, on top of the usual reviews,
news and WrestleRambles. The WrestleRamble
Podcast will also be up featuring bonus intros
and outros where we read listener correspondence,
which is one of the top banging podcasts to
listen to during Mania season. Not my words
Carol, the words of the Metro newspaper.
But it would seem we’re not the only people
who are a bit sleepy following the seven and
a half hour WrestleMania show. Along with
reports from Bryan Alaverez who was in the
Met Life Centre saying that people were leaving
during the main event because they had to
catch the last train home, adding there were
also thousands of fans in the line for Uber
rides in the pouring rain at 2am – Skillit
of Gorilla Position posted this video on Twitter,
which shows some fans sleeping through Kurt
Angle’s farewell match against Baron Corbin.
It’s all your fault, Baron Corbin.
And it would appear those in charge of the
WrestleMania programme were also a bit sleepy,
as they made quite the Good Brother gaff.
The WrestleMania programme can often provide
some decent laughs due to last minute changes
to the card or typo snafus, with the official
programme for last year’s show hastily adding
Rusev to the United States Championship match
– to the point they only managed to get his
head in.
This year’s programme was no different,
with WrestleMania attendee Nicole posting
on Twitter that WWE mixed up Luke Gallows
and Karl Anderson’s names. Something which
Karl Anderson found highly amusing on Twitter.
It’s been heavily reported that unlike AJ
Styles, it’s being reported that Gallows
and Anderson will be leaving WWE once their
contracts expire – possibly adding speculation
to the rumour fire by posing with their former
Bullet Club cohorts Tama Tonga and Bad Luke
Fale ahead of Ring of Honor and New Japan’s
historic G1 Supercard at Madison Square Garden.
Or will Gallows and Anderson be joining The
Elite over at All Elite Wrestling, who recently
had some new details emerge about their weekly
TV show.
Last week it was announced that legendary
voice of wrestling Jim Ross had signed on
to be the lead commentator for All Elite Wrestling,
and will also help out backstage in a creative
role. And on his Ross Report podcast, Gool
Ol’ JR revealed, “when people hear what
network we’re going be on, they’re gonna
be doubly excited, because it’s a network
we can all find,” adding, “The weekly,
two hour live television show will premiere
in October.”
Dave Meltzer has added on Wrestling Observer
Radio that the show will be getting a prime
time position, reporting that we should hear
the details on this TV deal very soon, most
likely ahead of Double or Nothing in May.
Meltzer said on Observer Radio that AEW are
now very close to inking a deal with the network
after negotiating between two major stations,
as well as working on an international deal
saying, “if they get that one, it will be
pretty significant.”
One of the key factors for the deal is the
possibility of not only streaming the weekly
TV show but also their PPVs going forward,
noting that both stations they’re negotiating
with have a streaming platform. Meltzer reported,
“I think they [the network] would want a
deal where Double or Nothing was streamed
on the service of the station they’re going
with. So when they announce the streaming
service [for Double or Nothing], at that point
you’re going to pretty much narrow it down
where the show is going.”
Meltzer also noted in the Wrestling Observer
Newsletter that AEW could have some interest
in former Ring of Honor and WWE wrestler Tenille
Dashwood, who announced last week she was
now a free agent. And perhaps they could also
have their eye on a former Impact World Champion
who recently left the company.
A few days before WrestleMania, Impact Wrestling
held United We Stand in New York City, which
featured The Lucha Brothers defeating Rob
Van Dam and Sabu, Taya Valkyrie retain her
Knockouts Championship, and Tessa Blanchard
defeat Joey Ryan in a special intergender
match. However, Ryan was actually a replacement
for the show, with former Impact World Champion
Eli Drake originally advertised to take on
Blanchard. However Drake posted on Twitter
that he didn’t agree with the match and
refused to do it, saying: “I have amazing
respect for @IMPACTWRESTLING and @Tess_Blanchard
and can see that she is likely the greatest
female talent in wrestling today. Although
that said, I will not participate in a one
on one intergender match.”
And then prior to United We Stand, Drake featuring
on The Wrestling Perspective Podcast where
he said he could possibly leave the promotion
saying, “It’s time to start thinking about
what options I have. Should I stay or should
I go? We will find out. There are so many
options out there. How can I best boost my
brand awareness and how can I put more money
in my pocket? It’s a matter of figuring out
what’s going to work best for me long-term.”
And that decision was made for him, with Impact
Wrestling announcing on their website they
had terminated their relationship Eli Drake,
with PWInsider reporting that Drake’s comments
on the Wrestling Perspective Podcast as well
as his refusal to work with Tessa Blanchard
led to his firing.
Drake said on the Wrestling Perspective Podcast
that he’s had “friendly conversations”
with WWE, but says no offer has been made.
One man who has decided to stay rather than
go however is Rob Van Dam, with RVD telling
Sporting News that he has signed a new deal
with Impact Wrestling and which starts at
the April 29th TV taping in Toronto. He added,
“It does have a beginning and an end, but
they can extend, so this is something to start
us off.”
However it wasn’t Rob Van Dam and Sabu tearing
it up with the Lucha Bros that made headlines
prior to last night’s WrestleMania, with
the news coming out of from the WWE Hall of
Fame of Bret Hart being attacked during his
Hart was on stage alongside Natalya being
inducted as The Hart Foundation with the late
Jim “The Anvil” Neidhart, when a member
of the audience rushed the stage and tackled
Hart to the ground. Meltzer reported that
the security at Barclays Centre was “ridiculous”,
noting that it was the wrestlers in attendance
that stopped the man rather than the security
More details have since emerged about the
attacker, who has been identified as Zachery
Madsen from Nebraska, and has since been charged
with two counts of assault and trespassing.
CBS Sports also reported that a member of
the security team and Hart himself suffered
“minor injuries” from the attack, saying
Madsen punched Hart before being dragged off.
Thankfully, Hart did not require medical attention
after he finished his speech.
Online sluethers have since discovered that
Madsen is an ametuer MMA fighter, who posted
several negative tweets to Vince McMahon and
Triple H because he was angry that women were
main eventing WrestleMania this year – calling
it a “major setback for the human race”
in one tweet and saying Ronda Rousey, Becky
Lynch and Charlotte Flair should be in the
back “where they belong” in another.
But before we talk about the finish to that
main event, we’ve got to discuss a finish
that WWE themselves spoiled.
Last night at WrestleMania 35, Kofi Kingston
completed his eleven year journey by capturing
the WWE Championship from Daniel Bryan in
a fantastic match. After the match there was
a long celebration with Kofi’s kids, and
New Day members Xavier Woods and Big E revealed
the old leather-strap WWE Championship for
Kofi as well as new merchandise that promotes
him as the Champ.
Which would have been a nice moment, if WWE
didn’t telegraph the finish by clearly putting
the old Championship belt on a plinth before
the match, and certainly not by posting the
new Kofi Kingston WWE Champion t-shirt on
their website 30 minutes before the final
bell rung.
Several WWE fans found that if you typed New
Day into the search bar on, you
got an image for their new merch, effectively
giving away that Kofi Kingston was winning.
These images were then shared on Twitter and
it spread like wildfire to the point that
WWE had to take the links down until the match
was over.
Now while it could be a simple slip up, WWE
also released a Daniel Bryan t-shirt claiming
he was still the champion at the same time
during the match – a t-shirt Alexa Bliss made
fun of later on with The B-Team and Ron Simmons.
Which brings us to the main event of the show,
and the finish which has a lot of people asking
if it was a total botch.
In the closing moments of the match, Becky
Lynch rolled through on a Ronda Rousey Piper’s
Pit to get her in a pin – and get a shock
3-count to win both the Raw and Smackdown
Women’s Championships.
The finish seemingly came out of nowhere,
and became even more bizarre when plenty of
replays where shown that showed Ronda’s
shoulders were up during the pin.
While many believe this was done intentionally
to create a storyline and intrigue for tonight’s
Raw – or to protect Rousey in her first pinfall
defeat – it’s been reported by Tom Colohue
from Pro Wrestling Torch that this finish
was botched and the original finish was supposed
to see Becky tap out Charlotte Flair in order
to win instead. He writes, “I’ve been told
by different people, in different positions
within WWE, that was the plan. It sure looks
like they’ve just botched the main event of
This report was also backed up by Sean Ross
Sapp of Fightful, who tweeted out: “The
finish didn’t happen as planned. Rousey wasn’t
happy after, either. Thought the situation
made her look bad, apparently.” [28]
Dave Meltzer conflictingly posted on the Wrestling
Observer message boards after these reports
came out that the main event wasn’t a botch,
and was actually the planned finish – with
Bryan Alvarez adding, “The only botch in
the main event finish was Ronda’s shoulder
was supposed to be down.” Meltzer reported
on Wrestling Observer Radio that this was
always intended to be Ronda Rousey’s final
WWE match for the time being – which has only
been cemented as Meltzer is reporting that
Ronda Rousey broke her hand during the match.
When asked why didn’t Becky submit Ronda
Rousey in the main event of WrestleMania to
put her over, Meltzer said, “At one point
the finish was going to be a submission finish,
and there were a lot of people for it and
a lot of people against it. In the end they
went with the pinfall… There were a lot
of arguments that Ronda shouldn’t submit,
because that’s “fake”. She never submitted
in judo after a certain level, she never submitted
in MMA.” And with that, it was decided that
Becky should pin Ronda and not submit her.
On a lighter note, Oli, Laurie and myself
had all picked Becky Lynch to win the main
event of WrestleMania – giving us valuable
points as WrestleLeague Season One came to
an end. Sadly, it wasn’t enough for Oli
Davis, who despite being a couple of points
ahead of me prior to United We Stand last
Thursday, was trailing by five points after
the G1 Supercard. A sterling comeback saw
him come within just two points off overtaking
me once again during WrestleMania, but Mandy
Rose failing to win the Women’s Battle Royal,
and Ricochet and Aleister Black not winning
the Smackdown Tag Team Championships meant
he lost Season One – and will therefore be
doing a savage music video punishment of Shawn
Michaels’ Sexy Boy entrance theme. So savage.
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