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February 19 2018, 08:04 | Van Peters
Former UFC champ Ronda Rousey appears at Royal Rumble to announce new WWE career
"This is my life now". This is not a smash-and-grab; this is not a publicity stunt. Asuka emerged the victor of the contest when she was flanked by existing champions Raw's Alexa Bliss and Smackdown's Charlotte Flair.
Rousey appeared again for WWE in WrestleMania 31 with a segment with Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson as Stephanie McMahon, daughter of owner Vince McMahon, slapped The Rock's face as her husband, HHH watched.
While there is no immediate word on any potential opponents for Rousey, it was clear from her appearance that she will be involved in this year's WrestleMania.
In an interview with ESPN, Rousey said she has signed with WWE to be a full-time performer. "I don't think it's a payday issue as much as it's a new adventure". The match was elevated to a yearly PPV event in 2010.
Still, she had frequently met with WWE executive Paul Levesque, better known as wrestling superstar Triple H, to discuss her interest in a multi-year deal that finally came to fruition.
However, Rousey lost the last two fights of her mixed martial arts career - to Holly Holm in 2015 and Amanda Nunes in 2016.
After winning the UFC bantamweight title in 2012 she went on an unprecendented reign of dominance in which she won 12 straight fights. Rousey has also hosted "Saturday Night Live", appeared in a variety of TV shows and movies, and was featured on the cover of many magazines around the world.
"That's what everyone seems to say".
If The Rock is a no-go, then Rousey could work her way into a showdown with Flair.
The late Rowdy Roddy Piper in his T-shirtWhen did Rousey join the WWE?
"Name the time. Name the place", Rousey told the WWE stars in a tense standoff.
'It's one thing to show up one night.
The "Rowdy" one is now a full-fledged WWE star. So a year ago I had to make an adjustment from NXT to SmackDown like others have done from NXT to Raw.
Opinion: We're into a new period in WWE at the moment with the Royal Rumble out of the way but now WWE is in a bit of a weird spot. But they weren't the only ones surprised by the move, as a few people in her former workplace were shocked as well. Either way, the former UFC champ will be at the center of WWE's biggest event on April 8.