In a potentially game-changing development for All Elite Wrestling (AEW), multiple sources, including the well-regarded WrestleVotes and The Wrestling Observer’s Andrew Zarian, have reported the backstage presence of Ronda Rousey at Friday night’s AEW tapings.
This sighting occurred at the dual event of "AEW Collision" and "AEW Rampage," stirring excitement and speculation among wrestling fans. This intriguing news comes on the heels of AEW CEO Tony Khan's enigmatic announcement, where he teased the signing of "one of the best wrestlers in the world" at the upcoming Full Gear event.
Khan's statement, which has been buzzing in wrestling communities, promised a signee who is "respected by virtually every AEW fan." While some fans speculated on social media that Rousey could be visiting her friend Marina Shafir backstage, no official confirmation or details regarding Rousey's intentions have been disclosed.
Amidst this backdrop of mystery and anticipation, there’s also growing speculation about New Japan Pro Wrestling's star Will Ospreay potentially joining AEW ranks. However, Rousey's unexpected appearance has certainly shifted some focus, adding more intrigue to the already exciting atmosphere.
Rousey's WWE Legacy
A former UFC champion, Rousey transitioned to professional wrestling with a memorable WWE debut at WrestleMania 34 in 2018, following her retirement from mixed martial arts in 2016. Her WWE tenure was marked by notable successes, including winning the "Raw" Women's Championship once and the "SmackDown" Women's Championship twice.
Rousey's WWE journey culminated with a high-profile match against her real-life best friend Shayna Baszler at SummerSlam 2023, after which she stepped away from the company. Since her departure from WWE, Rousey has kept a relatively low profile in the wrestling world, making sporadic appearances on the independent circuit.
Her most recent foray was at Wrestling Revolver Unreal, where she teamed up with Shafir in a dramatic encounter against Ring of Honor Women's Champion Athena and Billie Starkz. The event also saw Rousey involved in a post-match storyline with Athena, showcasing her continued passion and prowess in the ring.
As fans eagerly await official word from AEW regarding these backstage whispers, the wrestling world buzzes with the possibility of Rousey's involvement in the AEW landscape. Her presence alone has already sent ripples through the community, suggesting that AEW's Full Gear event could mark a significant turning point in the company’s trajectory and the broader wrestling narrative.
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