Ronda Rousey’s new #1 contender revealed, WWE announces title match

Raquel Rodriguez is the new #1 contender to WWE SmackDown Women’s Champion Ronda Rousey.

Tonight’s taped SmackDown on FOX saw Rodriguez win the Gauntlet to secure a future title shot in Rousey. The match also featured Emma, ​​Xia Li, Tegan Knox, Liv Morgan, Sonya Deville and Chyna Baszler.

The match opened with Li pinning Emma, ​​then Nox. Rodriguez came out and eliminated Lee, then Morgan, and then DeVille. Rodriguez then defeated Baszler to win the match and become the new #1 contender to the SmackDown Women’s Championship. Baszler was a surprise entrant, introduced by Rousey after Rodriguez thought she had won by pinning Deville.

WWE has confirmed that Rodriguez vs. Rousey’s title match will take place next Friday at the 2022 SmackDown of Amalie Arena in Tampa, Florida.

Here are some shots from tonight’s Gauntlet from Chicago’s Allstate Arena:

Stay tuned for more.

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