Mirror Sport’s Liam Llewellyn takes a look at the headlines that have dominated the WWE Universe over the past seven days, including Ronda Rousey and Charlotte Flair’s rematch
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Last week, Charlotte Flair spotted her opponent for next month’s Premium Live Event, WrestleMania Backlash Roman rule and The Usos appeared to obliterate any challenge from Shinsuke Nakamura on SmackDown last Friday.
There was also exciting news for the company’s UK fans, as well as Scotland Drew McIntyre saw his dream come true.
Here are some of the biggest talking points of the past week at WWE…
Ronda Rousey vs. Charlotte Flair Rematch Set
‘The Queen’ retained her SmackDown Women’s Championship at WrestleMania against it Ronda Rousey through the skin of their teeth. True to his word, the former UFC star ditched her opponent after locking the devastating armbar submission maneuver, but the referee didn’t see it after a flair knocked him down earlier.
Ronda went to pull the official up, but while her back was turned, Flair hit her with a big boot and claimed the win. On Friday’s episode of SmackDown, an enraged Rousey demanded a rematch, but with the stipulation “I Quit”.
The brash and cocky Flair appeared backstage and declined the challenge with the savage remark, “Go to the end of the line, b****.” Later on Smackdown, Rousey faced WWE Official Adam Pearce to make himself known that she wanted a title shot. Pearce said it was being considered.
WWE officials then made the Flair Rousey match official during Saturday’s episode of Talking Smack on the WWE Network, and it will indeed be an “I Quit Match” for the Smackdown Women’s Title.
Drew McIntyre’s wish came true
WWE fans in the UK have dreamed of a big show taking place on the British coast since SummerSlam emanated from the old Wembley Stadium in 1992. A bombshell announcement was made three decades later when the company confirmed that a stadium show would be held at Fürstenstadion in cardiffWales on September 3, 2022.
Former WWE Champion Drew McIntyre had been pushing for a major event to be held in the UK. During WWE’s UK tour last Septemberthe winner of the Royal Rumble 2020, said: “We’re going to get this UK pay-per-view one way or another, I’m just going to keep saying and saying it until it happens,” he explained.
“Then I’ll be able to say ‘here we go.’ Big thing off the bucket list would be this show in the UK.” Excited by the news, he previously tweeted, “2 years ago I became WWE Champion and made it my mission to bring a big show to the UK…WE HAVE MANAGED!!!”
A name for the September show in Cardiff has yet to be released, but fans interested in an exclusive pre-sale opportunity can register below https://wwe.com/cardiff-2022-presale .
The Bloodline takes out Shinsuke Nakamura
Last week’s episode of SmackDown concluded with WWE Undisputed Universal Champion Roman Reigns in the ring, joined by SmackDown Tag Champions The Usos and Paul Heyman. After a monumental victory over Brock Lesnar to capture the WWE Title and tie it with his Universal Championship, The Tribal Chief was ready to tell fans what his next steps were.
The head of table boasted about his accomplishments, claiming he “did it all” before turning to his cousins. He challenged them to go to Raw and win the RK-Bro’s RAW Tag Team Titles, meaning both he and the Usos would have two championships each.
However, they were interrupted by Shinsuke Nakamura, who lost his tag partner Rick Boogs to a quadriceps injury during his loss to the Twins at WrestleMania. Before he could even speak, he was stopped by Reigns, who decided to hug him, much to the former Intercontinental Champion’s surprise.
It was all part of his ruse as the Usos delivered a devastating double superkick to Nakamura, completely dismissing any potential challenge. The trio then hoisted their championships, but something tells me this won’t be the last we’ve seen Nakamura and Reigns in the ring together.
https://www.mirror.co.uk/sport/other-sports/wrestling/wwe-column-ronda-rousey-reigns-26704958 Ronda Rousey vs. Charlotte Flair, Drew McIntyre on the UK show, and Bloodline attack Nakamura