Rule #1 of Raw. This week’s Monday Night Raw ended with Ronda Rousey turning heel for the first time in her WWE run, attacking Becky Lynch and severely damaging her arm. This was a much more aggressive side of Rousey than we’ve seen before and it makes for a change of pace as we head into WrestleMania. The attack was well done, and part of that was for a specific reason.

According to the Wrestling Observer Newsletter, Rousey was told to make her attack on Lynch look as realistic as possible with the only rule being no strikes to the face. This rule was likely due to Nia Jax injuring Lynch back in November and causing Lynch to miss her match with Rousey at Survivor Series. Rousey has been said to have worked herself into a shoot over her argument with Lynch on Twitter and the attack might have tied into the story.

This one seemed different. Check out Rousey’s more realistic attack on Lynch:

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Opinion: That’s the kind of thing that makes sense for this time of year as Rousey is someone who could be played up as losing control in a moment like this. It’s a great way to have the situation look that much more realistic while working the fans and that’s a good idea. Now if WWE can follow through with this, they’re certainly onto something, especially with WrestleMania coming up.

Did you like the beatdown? Did Rousey make it look realistic? Let us know in the comments below.

Thomas Hall has been a wrestling fan for over thirty years and has seen over 50,000 wrestling matches. He has also been a wrestling reviewer since 2009 with over 5,000 full shows covered. You can find his work at kbwrestlingreviews.com, or check out his Amazon author page with 28 wrestling books. His latest book is the the Complete 2000 Monday Nitro and Thunder Reviews Part 1.

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