Although he might not have been the WWE’s first option, there’s no denying that there’s plenty of interest and intrigue on what we’ll see from Ronda Rousey’s huge debut at WrestleMania 34.
Obviously, placing her in a singles match was always going to be a risk but the substitute is a brilliant prospect in itself. Last week on Monday Night RAW, general manager Kurt Angle gave the announcement we were all waiting for - he’s teaming up with the former UFC star to take on Triple H and Stephanie McMahon in a mixed tag team match.
There’s been a lot of talk surrounding this match in recent weeks. Firstly, the likes of The Rock and even Braun Strowman have been linked as potential partners for Rousey before Angle was announced. Along with this, there’s been increased talk of this match potentially closing out WrestleMania 34 in New Orleans, Louisiana next month.
This is down to the Brock Lesnar situation where he could potentially leave. Plus, a bona fide star like Rousey will draw plenty of interest from the world of sports, so WWE could benefit from having her in the main event. However, there are a lot more eyes ready to scrutinise your every move in the main event spot and while the focus will on Rousey, Angle is also going to be under the microscope.
When he competed at Survivor Series, it was clear that he didn’t look great. Although you can point fingers at injuries he suffered in the build-up to that match against Shane McMahon’s Team SmackDown LIVE, Angle has revealed he’s excited to share an incredible spot on the WrestleMania card with Rousey.
Along with this, he’s looking forward to proving the world wrong and show that he’s still got it.
According to Cageside Seats, Angle posted on his official Facebook account: “I’ve wanted to perform at WrestleMania for the past five years.
“I’m back and I’m grateful to be in a spot that I feel great about. Teaming up with Ronda and competing against HHH/Steph is one of the best spots on the card. I’m excited to show the world I still got it.
“I was injured at Survivor Series, so I was very limited. But now I’m looking forward to WM34.”
Both Angle and Rousey are going to need to rely on each other in that match. You can’t ask Rousey to carry Angle because of the shape he’s in and her lack of experience, while it won’t work well the other way around either.
So, it looks like Triple H and Stephanie are going to have to do a bulk of the work to make Rousey and Angle look like viable, Olympic level threats.
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