Last night (Aug. 17), NXT’s Marina Shafir & Jessamyn Duke made their first appearance on the main roster - not counting crowd shots during Ronda Rousey or Shayna Baszler matches.
The less famous half of Rousey’s Four Horsewomen of MMA showed up in a backstage shot talking to Baszler, then Shafir made her Raw Underground debut with a submission victory over an unnamed redhead.
Despite the fact a Nia Jax feud and a Raw Women’s title shot are a lot more imminent for Shayna than a feud between Ronda’s squad and the Four Horsewomen of NXT, any sign of the former group always triggers talk of the program that was hinted at way back at the first Mae Young Classic Tournament in 2017.
The Queen of Spades is always willing to fan the flames, mostly with the argument that her side are real-life training partners, while Charlotte Flair, Becky Lynch, Sasha Banks & Bayley have been presented as rivals more than allies.
WE ARE THE ACTUAL TEAM!!! They are just 4 good wrestlers. https://t.co/yEmJCCp6zg— Shayna Baszler (@QoSBaszler) August 18, 2020
Charlotte is the most vocal supporter of the black-and-gold version of the group, probably because she thinks the Horsewomen name is her legacy as a Flair (and it is, but The Nature Boy gave his tacit approval to the MMA quartet before the WWE one existed, so it’s murky).
Someone brought that up to Baszler, who replied with a football analogy, and took this shot from The Queen in return:
I’m sorry that nobody told you this, but holding your friend’s belt in a photo does not make you a horsewoman (though in your case, it did make you relevant- for a second or two at least). https://t.co/Tdo51E3ewh— Charlotte Flair (@MsCharlotteWWE) August 18, 2020
Good banter, ladies. But at this point, with Lynch starting a family and Rousey showing no signs of even being interested in a return to WWE, it seems this will always be a great “what if?”
So, for the last word (until the next time), I turn it over to Dos Straps...