Rousey's move to the world of wrestling - or sports entertainment as WWE prefers to call it - has been hinted at strongly for some time.
On Monday, Rousey posted a video to her Instagram showing her children completely blindsided by her WWE appearance while watching the Royal Rumble at home with her husband, Travis Browne. "I mean, I never retired from judo, so if that's what you guys want to think", Rousey said. "And now that I realize I really do have this opportunity, I feel like my 6-year-old self would totally kick my ass if I didnt take it".
WrestleMania 34 is scheduled for April 8, which gives Rousey a little over two months to be completely ready.
Quickly after her appearance, news broke that she has signed a deal with WWE as a full-time talent. The entire show was WWE at its very best and if the promotion can maintain the high standard set tonight, 2018 will be a banner year for the company.
After Asuka's (right) Royal Rumble win, Rousey pointed at the sign that said WrestleMania. She had a face-off of sorts with victor Asuka, Smackdown women's champion Charlotte Flair and Raw women's champion Alexa Bliss. Instead, UFC president Dana White allowed Rousey to skip out on all the regular pre-fight duties including interviews, open workouts, or any sort of media day with reporters. "Ronda continues to achieve everything she has ever wanted".
The final loss was on December 30, 2016, just under three years since she began her UFC career.