If you had told me yesterday morning I would come out of SummerSlam high on the Roman Reigns vs. Brock Lesnar match and down on the Ronda Rousey vs. Alexa Bliss match, I would have called you a liar. But you would have been right, and I would have owed you an apology.
For as good as Reigns finally winning the Universal title from Lesnar was, Rousey’s championship winning performance was equally bad.
It was just so ... overdone.
Rousey worked shockingly well as a babyface in peril in her match with Nia Jax but when she was put in the dominant position here, she overcompensated with a lot of strange overacting, like her repeatedly screaming out at the crowd in an attempt to, I don’t know, get them hyped for what they already knew was coming? But that misses the point of what the appeal of watching a dominant fighter actually is, and it’s quite simple: we want to watch them dominate.
No one paid to see Rousey try to convince Bliss to fight, or spend 90-percent of the match talking, which included literally asking the crowd questions. Ronda is worth watching because she can do things the other women on the roster cannot do. We tune in to watch her do those things. Everything else is secondary and, at least for now, should be kept to a minimum.
Rousey is very good at pro wrestling, there’s no doubt about that, but for as much as the Jax match accentuated her strengths, this match exposed her weaknesses. It’s also a learning opportunity for WWE and gives them more information on what works for her and what doesn’t.
Less talking, more ass kicking, please.