SK's Take: Would it have been better for Ronda Rousey to tap out Triple H?
We take a look at the finish of Rousey's in-ring debut in the WWE.
On the most recent edition of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter, Dave Meltzer discussed the finish of the Ronda Rousey & Kurt Angle vs. Stephanie McMahon & Triple H match at WrestleMania 34. Within the newsletter, he would compare the actual finish with another proposed idea.
Ronda Rousey and Kurt Angle were victorious in their WrestleMania match against Stephanie McMahon and Triple H at WrestleMania 34. The match lasted just over 20 minutes and was regarded as one of the best matches on the card that night.
Meltzer indicated that it would have been a bigger finish at WrestleMania if Rousey made Triple H tap out with the armbar; however, for storyline continuity, making Stephanie tap out to the armbar made more sense. Take a look at what Meltzer had to say regarding this below:
Those storyline reasons included Stephanie selling the injury as she did on the Monday Night Raw after WrestleMania when she led off the show coming to the ring with her arm in a sling. The story continued when Stephanie extended her arm to shake Ronda's hand, but Rousey put her in another armbar.
It is unknown where they go from here with the feud, but it could be the first-ever female version of the Stone Cold Steve Austin and Vince McMahon feud. Only time will tell.
Monday Night Raw takes place at the XL Center in Hartford, Connecticut as night one of the Superstar Shakeup begins. We may potentially find out if there will be any repercussions for Rousey's attack on Stephanie last week.
In my opinion, I fully agree with Meltzer here. It would have been a TREMENDOUS moment if the match ended with Triple H tapping out to an armbar applied by Ronda Rousey, but where do you go from there?
As I mentioned previously, this could end up being the modern-day version of Stone Cold Steve Austin and Vince McMahon. Rousey's debut was well-received by the WWE Universe, and there is no doubt something can grow out of this.
Who can forget the iconic moments during the Attitude Era when Austin and Vince clashed? Those are moments that will live on in WWE history forever, and if done right, Stephanie and Ronda can have a feud that epic.
Making Stephanie tap out at WrestleMania wasn't just for storyline purposes, there was something greater that happened here. For years, Stephanie assaulted and belittled the women of the WWE without any payback from those superstars. The fact that Ronda was able to get her hands on Stephanie for some payback is a huge moment.
This shows that someone can get their hands on Stephanie and opens the door for a lot of possibilities in the future.