There were some three matches announced by WWE this afternoon with one of them set for Monday’s Raw and two for Smackdown.
The Raw match will see Raw Women’s Champion Ronda Rousey team up with her good friend Natalya against the team of Sasha Banks and Bayley, who are known as the Boss N Hug Connection. Rousey will also face Banks at the Royal Rumble on January 27, which will be six days after Monday’s Raw on January 21.
Last week on Raw (you can read my review of it here), Rousey teamed with Banks to defeat the duo of Nia Jax and Tamina. Banks got the win for her team with a Bank Statement submission because she chose not to tag Rousey into the match when she had the chance to do so.
In order to build up fan interest in their Rumble match, Banks and Rousey have been engaged in social media trash talk, which seems to be a common thing for Rousey and whoever her challenger is.
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The 4HW is about changing the perception of women's wrestling in the WWE. Its about walking into an arena full of people, including some of the people in the back, who's expections are lower than low, and knocking them on their asses. Showing the whole world that " I was born to do this " isn't some catchy line, but a promise to them from me, that as long as I have a breath in my lungs, I will never go less than 💯. That's why I throw up the 4 fingers. You throw them up cause you're a fan… That's the difference between you and I @rondarousey after #RoyalRumble you can go back to sitting in the crowd where you belong.
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Wrong. @sashabankswwe Everything you just said was about YOU and what YOU do. As an individual… you haven’t even begun to grasp what the 4 Horsewomen truly represent. The REAL 4 Horsewomen @qosbaszler @jessamynduke @marinashafir and myself are about camaraderie, we’re about loyalty, we’re sweat sisters bonded in blood we’ve shed together in the pursuit of a common goal. When any of us succeed, we rise together. If any of us fall, we dive to catch each other. When at our highest highs we hoist each other even higher into the air. When at our lowest lows we dust each other off and empower the sisters at our side to take another defiant step forward. You’re a bickering quarreling thrown together corporate copy of the lighting we’ve captured in a bottle. We’re real friends, we’re real sisters in arms, we’re the dose of reality to has come to dispel the fantasy that is your FAUX horsewomen. #RondaVsSasha #rawwomenschampionship #RoyalRumble #Jan27 #4horsewomenvsfauxhorsewomen
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— $asha Banks (@SashaBanksWWE) January 18, 2019
That’s a pretty funny edit. It’s also the only thing advertised for Raw so far.
Who wins? I’ll go with Rousey’s team because Rousey is in the match. It’s not complicated.
On the Smackdown side, we will get to see a rematch of an amazing match from last week as Andrade will face Rey Mysterio once again this time in a 2/3 Falls Match.
— WWE (@WWE) January 19, 2019
This is a rematch from last week when Andrade (no longer “Cien” Almas) and Mysterio had a 20 minute classic with Andrade getting the win. I rated it ****1/4 out of five in my Smackdown Review, which is a pretty high rating for a TV match. Is it too soon for a rematch? Probably, but I’m not the kind of guy that will complain about amazing matches. I look forward to this 2/3 Falls match on Tuesday.
My guess is that Mysterio wins this match, which would set up another match between them.
The other announced Smackdown match is Samoa Joe vs. Mustafa Ali. They were going to have a match last week on Smackdown, but Joe attacked Ali, who took some great bumps going hard into the ring post multiple times. It’s a good rivalry to use Joe as the heel bully against the exciting “new” talent like Ali.
The Royal Rumble is eight days away, so next week’s Raw and Smackdown are the last shows before the Rumble PPV takes place, which means they are the “go home show” for WWE’s two main roster brands.