Rey Mysterio entered at number 27 much to the delight of WWE Universe
30 January, 2018, 00:19
"Rowdy" Ronda Rousey - which is fitting since she wore "Rowdy" Roddy Pipers'jacket, given to her by his son - made a statement as the historic 2018 Royal Rumble faded to black.
She didn't appear during the 30-woman Royal Rumblematch, the main event of one of WWE's signature pay-per-views. She's signed a multi-year deal with the WWE, and although the new chapter in her life might seem like an appropriate opportunity to address her past demons, an emotional Rouseysaid the time is still not right.
That defeat was her second on the bounce after suffering the first loss of her career to Holly Holm a year earlier. "This is not a smash-and-grab; this is not a publicity stunt", Rousey stated. "There are other things I can do with my time that'll make way more money, but I won't enjoy almost as much".
Although many people closed the book on Ronda Rousey's MMA career months ago, and more so are now that she's officially transitioning into pro-wrestling, the former UFC champ hasn't done so.
As victor of the Rumble, Asuka will challenge for her chosen championship, but Rousey seemed to throw her name into the title mix in a silent appearance, where she also shook the hand of Stephanie McMahon, who was sat at ringside on commentary. Who do you want Rousey to face?
What the exact plans for Rousey in WWE will be remain to be seen, but the warm welcome she received at Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia made it immediately clear that she is still as big of a draw as ever.
Rousey was lost for words after her dramatic WWE entrance.
Rousey is the latest fighter to jump from one to the other.
Shortly after Rousey's surprise appearance, ESPN reported Rousey had agreed to terms with WWE to be a full-time professional wrestler. The former NXTwomen's champion entered the match at number 25 and immediately went after her opponents.
The final loss was on December 30, 2016, just under three years since she began her UFC career. The WWE had a long history of featuring women in more sexualized roles, including wrestling in Bra-and-Panties matches, but in recent years has had a big push to portray their women's division more seriously. She is a founding member of the Four Horsewomen of MMA (along with current NXT star Shayna Baszler), who borrows their namesake from Ric Flair's legendary faction of the 80s and 90s.