Ronda Rousey Reflects on Debut One Year Ago, Hardys/WWE Update
One year ago today, the entire landscape of WWE changed. Not only did last year’s Royal Rumble event mark the introduction of the first-ever women’s Royal Rumble, but it also marked the official debut of one of the biggest female stars in company history. Ronda Rousey officially signed with WWE and debuted on television one year ago today. Rousey made the jump from UFC, where she previously earned recognition for her dominant fights and lengthy undefeated streak. There may have been some wrestling fans who doubted that Rousey had what it took to make it in the industry, but the “Rowdy” one has proved them all wrong as she is currently celebrating one year as a professional wrestler with WWE today.
Ronda Rousey talked about making her WWE debut on her official website, and she talked about the training that she received beforehand from members of the WWE Performance Center and 205 Live Superstar Brian Kendrick. She also talked about the day of the Rumble itself and how WWE tried to sneak her into the building so that her debut would remain a surprise. According to Rousey, she thought that she was going to be “booed out of the building” as she believed that her debut would overshadow Asuka’s win in the women’s Royal Rumble match. Ronda Rousey went on to wrestle her first match at WrestleMania 34. She is now that Raw Women’s Champion, and she is heavily rumored to be main eventing this year’s event. Rousey would become one of the first women to headline a WrestleMania show if this does turn out to be true.
There has been some speculation over the futures of Matt and Jeff Hardy. The brothers returned to WWE in 2017 to much fanfare, but could they be leaving the company soon to compete for a promotion such as All Elite Wrestling. The Hardys are close with The Young Bucks, and Matt’s wife, Reby, revealed last year that her husband’s WWE deal expires this year. According to the Wrestling Observer Newsletter, The Hardy Boyz are not expected to leave WWE as both will likely extend their deals for at least one more year. Jeff Hardy is a beloved figure on SmackDown, and Matt Hardy stated that he was cleared to return to the ring earlier this month. With competition from AEW and other promotions increasing, WWE will likely be doing all that it can to keep this legendary tag team around.
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