SmackDown Women’s Champion Ronda Rousey has been called a “mark” by Jim Cornette for her pitch to use thumbtacks at Extreme Rules.
At Extreme Rules, Ronda Rousey challenged Liv Morgan for the SmackDown Women’s Title in an anything goes Extreme Rules match. Plenty of weapons were utilised in the bout but the ending of the match saw Rousey trap her opponent’s head between her thigh, her shin, and a chunk of broken table, forcing Morgan to pass out with the referee calling for the bell and declaring Rousey the winner.
Speaking on her own YouTube channel, Ronda Rousey explained that she had her own ideas for the end of the match and wanted to pull out the thumbtacks but was told no, and from Rousey’s comments thumbtacks might not be something seen in WWE again:
“I pitched the finish to be on thumbtacks. She would put down the thumbtacks and powerbomb me on the thumbtacks and then as a repeat of our finish before, I would go for the armbar on the thumbtacks and they would start counting the pin. Then I would have to push up to my one shoulder. Like into the thumbtacks to keep the armbar… Liv would be like bite her hand, trying not to tap out and pass out face down into the thumbtacks and have her hand protect the face.”
“They said we can’t use thumbtacks anymore. That legally we can’t like purposefully, like, injure people, like, cut through skin and stuff. I don’t know.”
Jim Cornette might be one man who is glad to not see thumbtacks in a WWE ring ever again. Speaking on his Drive-Thru podcast, the former manager of The Midnight Express labelled Rousey a “mark” for her pitch:
“Well, here’s the thing. What would she have said if she was in the UFC or in the Judo competitions in the Olympics or whatever the f*ckin’ case?” said Cornette. “Say ‘well how about some thumbtacks on the match or thumbtacks in the cage?'”
“[…] Just another mark that’s being pushed at a high level in the business, who actually wants to do sh*t on thumbtacks because it’ll be ‘fun’ and ‘cool.'”