WWE delivered a very solid show with last night’s Hell in a Cell premium live event. The fans in Chicago were hot for the entire card. Despite the great audience and quality matches, many fans were underwhelmed by the lack of star power on the show.

There was very little representation for the SmackDown brand in particular. That means there was no SmackDown Women’s Champion and no men’s world champion to be found anywhere on the show. Ronda Rousey was notable in her absence, despite appearing in Chicago-area advertising for the event.

On today’s Wrestling Observer Radio, Dave Meltzer discussed Rousey’s exclusion from the event. Ronda was advertised locally in the Chicago market for Hell in a Cell. Ultimately, WWE did not book her for a match.

“They took Ronda off the show and she was advertised locally. They could’ve put her on, but as we talked about this morning, for whatever reason, the decision was made to hold that match off. They’ve got to put a card together for Vegas, I guess, so maybe that’s where they’re going to do that, or who knows what?”

Natalya recently became the #1 contender for Ronda Rousey’s title. That match was scheduled for an undetermined future date. Money in the Bank in Las Vegas looks like the most likely destination, although it could have been done in Chicago, especially after WWE advertised an appearance by Rousey.

WWE has multiple huge stadium shows coming up shortly. To keep things fresh, they are trying to hold off on the biggest matches until major stadium events like SummerSlam and Clash at the Castle. In the meantime, fans in Chicago who were hoping to see Ronda perform didn’t get their wish.

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Michael Perry

Michael Perry is a news contributor for Ringside News and Thirsty for News. Michael has an M.A. in Communication Technology from Point Park University in his hometown of Pittsburgh, PA.

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