This will be short and to the point.
How is it possible that after getting a potential all time NXT TakeOver, a great Men’s Rumble, a great Women’s Rumble, Shinsuke Nakamura winning, Asuka winning, that after all that … people are STILL finding something to complain about?
I just don’t get it.
From what I’ve read, the main complaint has been that Asuka’s moment was “ruined” or “taken away” by the debut of Ronda Rousey. This complaint can be chalked up to a number of things, but I’ll mostly contribute it to the fact that wrestling fans have decided that they’d rather find something wrong than enjoy what they have in front of them. It’s their new form of entertainment.
Asuka WON the first every Women’s Royal Rumble. She got to stand in the middle of the ring with her choice of WrestleMania opponent, maintained her undefeated streak AND got to stare down with one of the biggest female sport stars on the planet. When people go to view Ronda’s debut on YouTube, who do you think is going to be front and center right across from her? Who are casual fans going to be asking about? “Hey, who’s the Japanese woman with the colorful hair? … Take away from her moment? Please.
And then there’s the business side of it. Like, what did you want the WWE to do with Ronda? Have her go to NXT and work the venues with limited revenue upside OR put her in front of 20,000 people who all know EXACTLY who she is and what she’s capable of in REAL LIFE. Ya know, last time I checked, when reality and fantasy are blended together, it makes for some pretty damn good TV. That Brock Lesnar guy seems pretty legit.
So instead of talking about the alleged robbery of Asuka’s moment, how about we talk about whose moment is truly was – which was the entire Women’s Division. The women closed out the Royal Rumble PPV in a way that the men could have NEVER topped unless they had Conor McGregor show up and point at the WrestleMania sign. The night wasn’t about Asuka. The night was about the women. It was about making them MUST SEE, APPOINTMENT TELEVISION. I assure you, there will be NO ONE leaving their seat in the Superdome at WrestleMania when Ronda Rousey is in the ring. And not only does that mean that whoever she faces will have MILLIONS of eyes around the world on her (including mainstream media), but it also means that EVERYONE will have more money lining their pockets.
Unlike Rollins turning on the SHIELD, this wasn’t Plan B. It was Plan A. It’s what was best for business.