After the event, it was confirmed that she had signed a deal with WWE. "This is not a smash-and-grab; this is not a publicity stunt". After the match, Asuka got into the ring to decide whether she would face Alexa Bliss or Charlotte at Wrestlemania when Rousey's music hit and she came down to the ring.
Asuka was a worthy winner, and it made sense to continue building her up as an unstoppable force all the way through WrestleMania.
Rey's Royal Rumble appearance left many fans to question if the Mexican superstar had returned to the WWE or if this was just a one-off appearance. Then she shared an awkward handshake with WWE exec Stephanie McMahon and made her exit. She slapped hands with fans at ringside.
Either way, Rousey is box office. "All I know is that I really want to devote 100 percent of my time to wrestling right now, and whatever people want to call that, they can call it", she said. "I don't want to see it happen".
Rousey will join former UFC champion Brock Lesnar on the WWE roster.
Rather than The Empress of Tomorrow standing tall to close out the program, she was shoved aside in favor of the mainstream media icon and UFC great. "Ronda continues to achieve everything she has ever wanted".
In case you missed it... That wasn't a problem in and of itself, as this year's battle royal was booked beautifully and the fans ate it up. Ronda Rousey made her debut at WWE Royal Rumble 2018 on Sunday.
"That's what everybody else seems to say - I mean, I never retired from judo". Instead, they were dismissed in a match that did nothing to help elevate them whatsoever. She lost the last two fights of her career and retired from MMA at the age of 29.
Shinsuke Nakamura won the WWE Royal Rumble in first appearance. There are now four women's divisions in the UFC.
Rousey also appeared at WWE's Mae Young Classic.
Fast forward a little over 20 months and the landscape is very different. Signing up for a job that may have her traveling upwards of 300 days a year doesn't make sense.
The Road to Wresltemania began with AJ Styles putting his title on the line against Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn in a two-on-one handicap match. WWE has naturally cashed in on the buzz, recapping her arrival on Monday Night RAW while calling it "the moment you've ALL been talking about". Well, just like any other WWE Superstar; it's RAW.
"Finally, when NXT wrestlers finally started joining WWE, we were all able to put it together and make magic", she said. We bust our butts to be called WWE superstars. She called to ask about coming to the Performance Center, if she could come in there and be with a few of her friends for a Bachelorette party.
White was just a wannabe boxing trainer begging for a break when he was introduced to Welch by a mutual friend.