It appears that WWE is either leaning towards changing the name of the SmackDown Women’s Championship or Ronda Rousey is still pushing for the change because last night on Friday Night SmackDwon, she referred to the title as the SmackDown Championship during her in-ring segment with Raquel Rodriguez.
This isn’t the first time that Rousey has referred to the title in that way. In March during the build-up for WrestleMania, Rousey said the following: “You can call me your new Women’s SmackDown Champion. SmackDown Women’s Champion? Why do we even say ‘women’ in it anyway? You can call me the SmackDown Champion!”
During last night’s segment, Rousey said, “I’ve got the SmackDown Championship Title now.” Moments later she announced that she was issuing an open challenge for the “SmackDown Championship Title.” Also during the segment, Pat McAfee asked, “This is for the SmackDown Championship… right!?”
This doesn’t appear to be an official change, at least not yet because Michael Cole and ring announcer Samantha Irvin still referred to the title as the “SmackDown Women’s Championship” and it’s still written that way on WWE.com but one has to assume that the “SmackDown Championship” line has been approved by Vince McMahon or she wouldn’t have said it again after the first time in March.