Average Nobodies Podcast
for February 1, 2018.
On today’s show we’re chatting about what we’re watching, David Copperfield, last Sunday’s Royal Rumble, this Sunday’s Super Bowl, Elon Musk’s new flamethrower & the latest on Logan Paul. You can chat with us on Twitter, toss us a like on Facebook and heart all our pictures on Instagram. Don’t forget, this podcast is available on iTunes, Stitcher Radio and YouTube.
– @ryanfoges @mattfromri
I’m an optimistic wrestling fan. That’s not something you see a lot of on social media, but I’m one of them. That”s why I think Ronda Rousey coming to the WWE is going to be fantastic. While Rousey has made only one WWE appearance it has generated a lot of reactions.
Ronda Rousey Debuts in the WWE
Firstly, let’s look at what the detractors are saying. Sasha Banks & Nia Jax are seemingly unhappy with Rousey’s arrival and subsequent spotlight. Those comments have triggered WWE fans into thinking that Rousey isn’t well liked and therefore won’t succeed. Let’s get real for a moment. This is the WWE. The athleticism, injuries and insane skill that go into being a pro wrestler are very real. Wrestlers getting fans to start conspiracy theories via Twitter and interviews are not. While I appreciate it still being real to some people, you have to think logically.
Rousey vs. The World
Nia Jax is the women’s division resident monster. Sasha Banks is The Boss. They don’t call her that because she loves giving other women the spotlight. The Nia tweet everyone is focusing on is this one. Now, would it be smart for WWE to get some feuds going via Twitter and interviews or should everyone just be ecstatic that Rousey is there? The WWE is better than almost anyone at utitlizing social media, and if Rousey is still training for her first match, why not use the power of the internet to stir the pot?
Is Rousey going to take someone’s spot? Of course she is. The same way Asuka took someone’s spot when she debuted. The same way Ember Moon took someone’s spot in the women’s royal rumble. If Rousey was in the WWE for a one and done I would understand the uproar. She’s not, as she’s signed to a multi year deal and already has great name value. I’m sorry if I don’t fall apart when she takes Bayley or Mickie James’ spot.
Maybe the dumbest ‘point’ being discussed is that Ronda Rousey will only succeed if she’s built up properly. Uhh, ya think? Same goes for literally every other man and woman that debuts on the main roster. If her character sucks and they put her in story lines that don’t maximize her strengths she will not succeed. If her character is good and they do maximize her strengths, she will succeed. Those two things have nothing to do with Ronda Rousey.
Here’s the thing. While it’s fun to think the women’s revolution is due to contributions from past stars, it’s just not true. The reason women are in the main events of Raw, Smackdown and pay per views is because of women like Ronda Rousey. Same goes for the women’s TLC, cage, royal rumble and elimination chamber. If Rousey didn’t prove that people will pay to watch talented women fight, the WWE would not have followed suit. Rousey has legit fighting skills that will only be enhanced as she continues to train in the Performance Center. More importantly, she knows how to sell and perform in big time events.
She’s headlined multiple UFC events that have earned over 1 million PPV buys. While her career as a UFC fighter might be over, her career as a WWE star is just beginning. That’s great news for everyone involved.
LMFAO!!! Ronda don’t play! pic.twitter.com/jT3KW1lS3M
— Dana White (@danawhite) July 16, 2015
Ronda Rousey might be spirit animal. Not only does she win Best Female Athlete, but she’s uses that platform to call out serial abuser/horrible person Floyd Mayweather. Now I’m not saying Ronda Rousey would beat Floyd in a boxing match. He’s one of the best in the world for a reason, but throw him in a UFC cage and he’d probably get his arm broken. People are arguing that Ronda shouldn’t have won this ESPY, which is weird, because usually when someone wins an award, no one ever complains and everyone is just happy for the person who won. Whether you agree with her winning or not, you can’t argue that she’s a badass who should absolutely join the WWE because we would love her and appreciate her.
Ronda Rousey did an SI Swimsuit photo shoot, and there’s now an outtake video online. It’s pretty wonderful, as is Ronda Rousey. What’s seriously not to love about her. She’s an ass kicker. She loves wrestling. She seems like a lovely human being. And she’s also very easy on the eyes. My only question is how do you get to be the guy who rubs her down before the shoot? You could pay me in barrels of peas and I’d still be down for that job.
Dana White just shattered my heart into a million little pieces with a frozen sledgehammer. While Dana White seems pretty sure that Rousey will never fight in the WWE, I learned a long time ago to never doubt Vincent Kennedy McMahon. If he wants someone to appear at WrestleMania, you better believe that person will be there. While Rousey fighting an actual match while under contract with UFC was always a long shot, I still think she’ll play some kind of role at WrestleMania 32 in Dallas. The Rock wants it to happen. WWE wants it to happen. Even Ronda herself wants it to happen, so if the deal is ‘you can’t fight’, then I’m sure the WWE can figure out a way to use her in an effective way. After all, Vince always win.
Ronda Rousey & The Rock Made Surprise Appearances At WrestleMania To Confront The Authority #WrestleMania
— WWE Universe (@WWEUniverse) March 30, 2015
— Maykel Delgado (@maykel_jav) March 30, 2015
WrestleMania 31 was a fantastic show filled with unbelievable entrances, excellent in ring bouts and a few surprises. Two of those surprises were The Rock and UFC mega star Ronda Rousey, who came out to confront The Authority on behalf of the WWE Universe. The Rock had a hell of a weekend, as he killed it on SNL (there will be a post on that later today) and was on top of his smack talk game here with HHH and Steph. When The Rock challenged HHH to duke it out, Stephanie stepped up instead and told The Rock to leave her ring, adding in the fact that Dwayne would never hit a girl. He wouldn’t, but he just so happened to know someone sitting in the front row who gets paid a lot of money to hit girls. That someone was Ronda Rousey, and a few punches and an arm bar takeover later, Steph and HHH were retreating and The Rock and Ronda were standing tall. This was a really cool moment, and setup two possible WrestleMania 32 matches. The possibilities are endless for these four, and I’m glad Ronda got her first WrestleMania moment. In case you were wondering what Ronda’s boss thought of all of this…
— Dana White (@danawhite) March 30, 2015