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 Kurt Angle & Ronda Rousey def. Triple H & Stephanie McMahon

Kurt Angle & Ronda Rousey def. Triple H & Stephanie McMahon

NEW ORLEANS — Signing Ronda Rousey may have been great for business, but it did not pay dividends for Triple H and Stephanie McMahon at WrestleMania 34. The power couple who thought they could control the former UFC Women’s Bantamweight Champion instead found themselves on the losing end of Rousey’s dreaded armbars — not to mention Kurt Angle’s Ankle Lock — in a Mixed Tag Team Match at WrestleMania 34 that will be tough for The Authority to swallow no matter how boffo the box office.

Ronda Rousey shows no mercy against Stephanie McMahon in her WWE in-ring debut: WrestleMania 34 (WWE Network Exclusive)

Ronda Rousey punishes Stephanie McMahon while teaming up with Kurt Angle against Triple H & Stephanie McMahon in a highly-anticipated Mixed Tag Team Match: Courtesy of the award-winning WWE Network.

Doubly tough, it turns out, because Triple H and Stephanie’s teamwork was second to none in the early goings of the match. Each time Angle began to roll against The Game, Stephanie would goad Ronda into near-interference that drew the ref’s eye, allowing The King of Kings to go dirty and reclaim the lead. As long as this chemistry remained intact, Rousey & Angle faced a long road, and sure enough, soon as The Game and his wife suffered the first miscommunication, Angle took advantage of the lull to tag in Rowdy Ronda.

Rousey, it turns out, is a natural in the ring. Not only did she go after Stephanie with near unbridled ferocity, she even turned Triple H himself into a human heavy bag during a stretch where Stephanie and Angle got taken out and The Game convinced the ref to allow the action to continue anyway.

Impressively, Stephanie managed to answer Rousey’s dreaded armbar each time she attempted to apply it, and her resilience paid off when The Game managed to throw Angle into his partner while The Olympic Gold Medalist was applying the Angle Lock on The King of Kings.

With their opponents down, the power couple attempted stereo Pedigrees on the two Olympians, but at this point, it was Angle and Rousey who were rolling with The Authority playing catchup. Angle tossed The Game over the top rope, Rousey maneuvered her way into armbar position once again and Stephanie’s pleas for mercy fell on deaf ears. When the armbar was finally locked in, the Raw Commissioner tapped within seconds — although possibly too late to save her appendage — and The Baddest Woman on the Planet claimed her first win in WWE.

In a way, Triple H and Stephanie should be feeling somewhat satisfied by all this. They went big to sign Rousey, and not only did she take to the ring like a veteran, but they got a bona fide WrestleMania moment out of her first match to boot. In short? Ronda Rousey means business. And business, it seems, is good.

NEW ORLEANS — Signing Ronda Rousey may have been great for business, but it did not pay dividends for Triple H and Stephanie McMahon at WrestleMania 34. The power couple who thought they could control the former UFC Women’s Bantamweight Champion instead found themselves on the losing end of Rousey’s dreaded armbars — not to mention Kurt Angle’s Ankle Lock — in a Mixed Tag Team Match at WrestleMania 34 that will be tough for The Authority to swallow no matter how boffo the box office.

Ronda Rousey shows no mercy against Stephanie McMahon in her WWE in-ring debut: WrestleMania 34 (WWE Network Exclusive)

Ronda Rousey punishes Stephanie McMahon while teaming up with Kurt Angle against Triple H & Stephanie McMahon in a highly-anticipated Mixed Tag Team Match: Courtesy of the award-winning WWE Network.

Doubly tough, it turns out, because Triple H and Stephanie’s teamwork was second to none in the early goings of the match. Each time Angle began to roll against The Game, Stephanie would goad Ronda into near-interference that drew the ref’s eye, allowing The King of Kings to go dirty and reclaim the lead. As long as this chemistry remained intact, Rousey & Angle faced a long road, and sure enough, soon as The Game and his wife suffered the first miscommunication, Angle took advantage of the lull to tag in Rowdy Ronda.

Rousey, it turns out, is a natural in the ring. Not only did she go after Stephanie with near unbridled ferocity, she even turned Triple H himself into a human heavy bag during a stretch where Stephanie and Angle got taken out and The Game convinced the ref to allow the action to continue anyway.

Impressively, Stephanie managed to answer Rousey’s dreaded armbar each time she attempted to apply it, and her resilience paid off when The Game managed to throw Angle into his partner while The Olympic Gold Medalist was applying the Angle Lock on The King of Kings.

With their opponents down, the power couple attempted stereo Pedigrees on the two Olympians, but at this point, it was Angle and Rousey who were rolling with The Authority playing catchup. Angle tossed The Game over the top rope, Rousey maneuvered her way into armbar position once again and Stephanie’s pleas for mercy fell on deaf ears. When the armbar was finally locked in, the Raw Commissioner tapped within seconds — although possibly too late to save her appendage — and The Baddest Woman on the Planet claimed her first win in WWE.

In a way, Triple H and Stephanie should be feeling somewhat satisfied by all this. They went big to sign Rousey, and not only did she take to the ring like a veteran, but they got a bona fide WrestleMania moment out of her first match to boot. In short? Ronda Rousey means business. And business, it seems, is good.