Ronda Rousey, a trailblazer in the world of mixed martial arts and a key figure in the revolution of women's MMA, made a monumental switch to WWE in 2018. Her impact was immediate and profound, reshaping the landscape of women's wrestling.
In a historic feat, Rousey, alongside Becky Lynch and Charlotte Flair, headlined WrestleMania in 2019, marking the first time women took center stage at the prestigious event. Following her remarkable rise in WWE, Rousey took a brief hiatus to embrace motherhood, welcoming her first child.
Her triumphant return at the 2022 Royal Rumble was nothing short of spectacular, leading to her clinching the SmackDown Women’s Championship on two occasions. In a strategic shift in 2023, Rousey ventured into tag team wrestling, joining forces with her long-time comrade, Shayna Baszler.
However, this alliance was short-lived as Baszler's betrayal set the stage for a gripping MMA Rules match at SummerSlam, where Baszler emerged victorious.
Rousey's ROH Powerplay
Post-WWE, Rousey has not slowed down. She has continued to evolve her wrestling repertoire, joining forces with Marina Shafir, another member of the MMA Four Horsewomen, in the independent circuit.
This dynamic duo's latest venture has brought them to Ring of Honor (ROH), where Rousey was unveiled as Shafir's surprise partner. Their upcoming challenge is formidable - they will face off against ROH Women’s Champion Athena and the rising star, Billie Starkz.
This much-anticipated match is set to air on HonorClub on November 23. This move to ROH marks a new chapter in Rousey's illustrious career. Known for her fierce competitiveness and unparalleled skill, Rousey's presence in ROH is not just a testament to her versatility as a wrestler but also signals a shift in the landscape of women's wrestling across different promotions.
As she continues to break barriers and redefine norms, Rousey's journey remains a beacon of inspiration and a testament to her enduring legacy in the world of combat sports and entertainment. Fans eagerly await this new phase of Rousey's career, as she brings her unique blend of MMA ferocity and wrestling prowess to ROH.
This partnership with Shafir is more than a nostalgic nod to their MMA roots; it's a powerful alliance that promises to shake the foundations of ROH's women's division. As Rousey adapts to new environments and challenges, her ability to constantly reinvent herself keeps her at the forefront of the wrestling world, ensuring that her matches remain a must-watch for fans around the globe.
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