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Who beats Ronda Rousey?

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Money in the Bank will mark (as of right now) Ronda’s second match on camera and her first singles match. Naturally, it’s for the title.

Nia Jax choosing to challenge Ronda is an interesting way to keep the “I want to earn it” story in tact but let’s all be honest: we knew this would happen. Ronda isn’t going to fight her way up through the ranks. Her name is too big to toil around against enhancement talent until she “earns” it.

I’m going to call this now: she’s winning the title at MITB. While it’s true she’s never faced a woman Nia’s size, we saw how she handled HHH at WrestleMania. As Daniel Bryan would say, everyone is the same size when they’re on the mat tapping out which is exactly what Ronda will do to Nia.

This begs the question: who has a chance to beat Ronda after that? All signs would have pointed to Asuka but she’s on Smackdown. The long teased Charlotte Flair vs. Ronda Rousey match? Charlotte’s on Smackdown too.

Let’s narrow the question then. Who is a viable contender on RAW?

Nia Jax is the first on the list but since she will lose the belt and subsequent rematch, we have to look elsewhere. Alexa Bliss is arguably the best overall woman on RAW if not the entire main roster but she hasn’t been made to look terribly strong since losing the title. She’s still at the top of the women’s division (in spirit anyway) but I don’t see that match going any better. To use Carmella’s math: Nia beat Alexa. Ronda beat Nia. So Ronda is better than Alexa.

This is all in the theoretical future I’m building here of course. If Ronda loses, then this is all just fun fantasy booking conjecture. Fun is good though, so let’s keep going.
Next we find Bayley and Sasha Banks. Both would make for good contenders but they’ve entangled themselves too much with each other’s careers ever since their classic matches in NXT that they can’t reasonably do anything else until the trigger actually gets pulled on their feud.

Side note: please make Sasha the heel in that feud. Heel Sasha is really the Boss.
Let’s round out the list: Mickie James? Experience wins championships…except in WWE. Dana Brooke? Just…no. No disrespect to Dana but she’s never been put in the position to be taken seriously in the women’s division except for the brief turn on Charlotte but that didn’t go well. Natalya? The inevitable friend betrayal storyline is brewing and that’s fine but Natalya won’t beat Ronda. Alicia Fox? While the ‘Foxy One’ certainly deserves more respect and TV time, I’m not even sure if she’s back from injury or even still with the company. I may have missed someone but the point is there is no one who measures up to Ronda.
The question still stands though — who beats Ronda?

I have the answer — current NXT Women’s Champion Shayna Baszler.

Shayna is great in the ring. She is as vicious a heel as we’ve seen in quite some time and straight destroyed her way to the top of NXT. She’s not bad on the mic either. The existing relationship with Ronda makes the foundation of the story simple to start with and just build the vitriol from there. Plus, with the MMA background they share, the level of brutality in their matches would be right up there with anything that’s happening with the men or women of the WWE.

In my pipe dream of this, WWE introduces the first ever “octagon” match for the two. It’s exactly what you think: an MMA-style octagon for their match. WWE, of course, would still make it a work but can you imagine what two legitimate MMA pros could bring in terms of realism to that match?

Then they feud for a bit, make nice, the other two horsewomen of MMA come up to the main roster and we have the four horsewomen of MMA vs the four horsewomen of WWE for Survivor Series 2019. That’s just my guess.

The point is: if (when) Ronda wins at Money in the Bank, she’s going to hold that title for a long time. She’s earn it over time as she’ll play the “fighting champion” face role for her reign but I believe that no one will be able to take the title from her until Shayna gets brought up to the main roster which very well could happen around WrestleMania 2019 at the absolute latest.

To beat the baddest woman on the planet, you have to actually be the baddest woman on the planet.

Alex Mihailoff is a WWE fan who loves a good storyline and overanalyzing the WWE. He doesn’t know everything but will readily give his opinion on anything.

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