Ronda Rousey made a triumphant return to the WWE on Saturday night, winning the women’s Royal Rumble and announcing that she would compete at Wrestlemania later this year.
The biggest female star in the history of MMA made her triumphant return to the world of pro wrestling on Saturday.
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Nearly three years since her last appearance in the ring, Rousey shocked audiences by being named the 28th entrant out of 30 into the field at Saturday’s Royal Rumble event. “Rowdy” won the electrifying event with a victory over Charlotte Flair and pointed to the Wrestlemania sign in the rafters afterwards, an indication that she would be a part of the biggest wrestling event of the year.
Rousey joined the WWE in 2018 and quickly became one of the standout stars of the company, going on to win the Raw Women’s Championship and being part of the reality show Total Divas, which follows the female stars of the WWE. She would later make history as being part of the first women’s match to ever headline Wrestlemania along with Becky Lynch and Flair. Rousey went on to lose the match and has not competed since.
In her personal life, Rousey expressed her desire to start a family following her last WWE match. In 2020 she welcomed her daughter, La’akea Makalapuaokalanipõ Browne, with her husband, former UFC heavyweight Travis Browne.
Rousey made her mark by being part of the first women’s bout in UFC history in 2013 and going on to become one of the biggest draws that the sport has ever seen. Following a loss to then champion Amanda Nunes in 2016, Rousey left the sport as a competitor. Rousey continues to be involved in MMA through fighter management, most notably being involved in the career of UFC middleweight Edmen Shahbazyan.