Backstage details on Ronda Rousey's current status
by SIMONE BRUGNOLI | VIEW 630
Since she lost the SmackDown women's title on the December 30, 2022 episode against a returning Charlotte Flair, Ronda Rousey has completely disappeared from WWE screens, not even appearing at the Royal Rumble. In the first weeks of 2023, various rumors about her then alternated, with journalists trying to understand what was in the plans for her in this Road to Wrestlemania, and it seems that Dave Meltzer discovered it by revealing it in his Wrestling Observer Newsletter (registration required).
WrestleTalk thought about transcribing it in public form, which thus reported the words of the well-known journalist: "For WrestleMania, the matches established at this point are Reigns vs Rhodes for the universal title, Charlotte Flair vs Ripley for the SmackDown women's title, Belair vs winner Chamber for the Raw Women's Title, John Cena vs Austin Theory (no word on whether or not this will be a U.S.
Title match) and IYO Sky & Dakota Kai vs Ronda Rousey & Shayna Baszler for the Women's Tag Team Titles."
New details on Ronda Rousey
As mentioned above, the former UFC fighter lost her title of SmackDown Women's Champion to Charlotte Flair who returned shortly before the end of 2022, with The Queen revealing that she made the last announcement, just as she was at the end of 2022, which would have become champion, having to run for cover since she hadn't brought the gear with her thinking of returning only with a promo.
According to Fightful Select (registration required), news later reported by Ringside News, Ronda Rousey should not have lost the title in that circumstance, but should have continued her title reign: "Ronda Rousey's titled defense of the Smackdown Women's Title against Raquel Rodriguez was staged on December 30, but was originally scheduled to take place at least a month later.
Fightful has gained the information from its sources, who report that the match was scheduled for the Royal Rumble as early as December. adding the match between Ronda and Raquel Smackdown and then the consequent return of Charlotte was done to add something more to the show”.
Speaking on her YouTube stream, the former champion revealed her next major goal for the company: "I don't know guys, I'm tired of Charlotte [Flair]. I'm tired of that title. I already did it you know. I am thinking about taking over the [Women's] tag division." The Baddest Woman on the Planet made a shocking return to the company at the Royal Rumble last year.