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Shoot Henry: Here Comes Ms. Bad Reputation

In what was a momentous occasion for women's wrestling today in the WWE, Asuka became the inaugural winner of the first ever Women's Royal Rumble match. As she was about to choose which of the two Women's Champions from RAW and Smackdown Live she would take on, things got a little bit... Rowdy.

Yes, smarks, Ronda Rousey is finally in the WWE.

The former UFC women's bantamweight champion has revealed that she's headed to WrestleMania 34 against an unnamed opponent in a exclusive interview. This came after months of speculation and rumors on whether or not the deal would push through. After a successful stint in MMA, Rousey is finally chasing her dream of becoming a professional wrestler.

Fans have been predicting that she would appear in the Women's Royal Rumble match as a surprise entrant. But when the legendary Trish Stratus entered as the final participant, those rumors seemed to have been put to rest. But we all know what happened after that.

As a long-time pro wrestling fan, Rousey is an avid Rowdy Roddy Piper fan. So much so, that she asked the Hall of Famer for permission when she took on the "Rowdy" nickname during her MMA career. She even went as far as to don a leather jacket worn by the man himself during her reveal. 

The brash judo superstar is taking her skills to the squared circle in what has to be one of the most awaited transitions from MMA to pro wrestling. Her possible strengths in the squared circle come from the two most important parts of her martial arts skillset: her throws and her submission game.

As with any judoka of her caliber, getting within arms' reach is a dangerous mistake. There are numerous throws in judo for almost every conceivable hold, not to mention how these throws can counter other attempted takedowns as well.

Of course, let's not forget her trademark move, the armbar. What makes this move so dangerous isn't the damage it can inflict, but how well she's able to pull the move off. She can lock in her armbar from a variety of positions, even when her opponent seems to be in control.

As an added bonus, her ability to keep her opponents down allows her to land punches on someone who cannot move out of the way. Expect her as a bullrush style of wrestler, eager to get into a lock, be it hers or even her opponent's, and make people fly—not unlike NXT's Shayna Baszler, who's also one of her close friends. When they come crashing down to earth, her ground game kicks in as she finishes them off with her signature armbar submission.

How she fares in her new environment is still up in the air, but there's no denying that she's here to chew bubblegum and kick ass. And she's all outta bubblegum.


Are you just as excited about Rousey's debut as we are? Let us know in the comments section below! For more updates on Rousey's upcoming WrestleMania 34 match, stay tuned to Smark Henry, the Philippines' best source of all things pro wrestling.


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