Ronda Rousey emerges victorious in WWE debut at WrestleMania 34.Ronda Rousey made her WWE in-ring debut on Sunday night, teaming up with Kurt Angle to defeat Triple H and Stephanie McMahon in a mixed tag team match at WrestleMania 34.
The match, which took place in front of an electric crowd at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, was Rousey’s latest major test since joining WWE earlier this year. The former MMA star’s ability as a professional wrestler has been under heavy scrutiny, with fans and experts dissecting her every move.
Ronda Rousey made her professional wrestling in-ring debut at the event. Rousey, a former UFC bantamweight champion, appeared at WrestleMania 31 with The Rock where they confronted McMahon and Triple H.
Raw general manager Kurt Angle ended all the speculation when he announced Monday night on Raw he will team with Ronda Rousey to take on Triple H and Stephanie McMahon at WrestleMania 34 on April 8 in New Orleans. WWE got the gears in motion for Angle’s partnership with Rousey at Elimination Chamber. The Raw GM spilled the beans that McMahon and Triple H had only signed the 31-year-old as a means to get revenge for how she embarrassed them at WrestleMania 31 in March 2015.
The next night on Raw, McMahon apologized for slapping Rousey. The Authority still got the last laugh, as Triple H sucker-punched Angle before exiting the ring.All signs pointed to Angle/Rousey vs. Triple H/McMahon, and now the bout is officially added to the WrestleMania card.The question now becomes how WWE will use Rousey in the four remaining Raws before WrestleMania 34 after the company announced she’ll appear on every edition between now and April 8.
WWE will have to toe a fine line between building up The Authority – McMahon in particular – as a genuine threat while maintaining Rousey’s general aura of invincibility.
Ronda Rousey and Kurt Angle teaming up at WrestleMania 34 for granted. In a landscape where hyperbole runs rampant, especially on social media, the partnership of Rousey and Angle can actually not be overstated. Nothing like it has ever been seen in sports-entertainment or sports at large. It is two transcendent athletes joining together on The Grandest Stage of Them All. Both rose to prominence in Olympic competition, only to cross over into different sports and somehow become even more successful and bigger stars for it.
Angle revitalized Olympic wrestling in the United States during the 1990s. When he won the gold medal in Heavyweight Freestyle Wrestling at the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta (the first American to do so since 1984), he put the final cap on an amateur career that saw him amass virtually every accolade possible in the sport. Angle’s Olympic victory would’ve become legendary under any circumstances, but when you factor in that he overcame Iran’s Abbas Jadidi in the Gold Medal Match with a broken (freaking) neck, it’s now rightly remembered as one of the most magical and improbable victories in Olympic history.
However, for as incredible as Angle’s path to claim gold in 1996 was, Rousey’s showing in the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing was truly unprecedented. Rousey became the first female American judoka to ever medal in the Games, winning the bronze in the Women’s Middleweight division. Rousey’s bronze was particularly meaningful because she fulfilled the destiny that her mother, legendary judoka AnnMaria De Mars, could not. De Mars was never given the chance to compete for a medal due to Women’s Judo not being introduced to the Olympics until well after she had retired from the sport.
Ronda’s legacy within MMA goes well beyond the sport itself. In many ways, it’s probably still far too early for the impact she had to be fully absorbed or dissected. “Rowdy” Ronda became a cultural phenomenon and a role model for women everywhere. The “once in human history” athlete’s utter dominance created a tangible uprising that was impossible to ignore. “Hot Ronda” became the smoke signal that finally made the world take notice — of her, women’s MMA and women’s sports overall. Her influence knew no bounds; thus, her fingerprints were all over the Women’s Evolution in WWE long before she arrived at Royal Rumble 2018. They are going to teach Ronda Rousey in schools someday.
During the match Rousey looked strong, showing off a diverse mix of moves. After the contest she went to the crowd and pointed to her husband Travis Browne, who was in attendance at the Superdome.
Similar to how she has been received during her short tenure in WWE, the New Orleans crowd’s reaction to Rousey was overwhelmingly positive, with chants of “Ronda Rousey” and “We Want Ronda” breaking out early in the match. At two points during the match, the crowd gave its approval to Rousey and the other three competitors, shouting “This is awesome” in unison.
WrestleMania 34 marks Rousey’s second confrontation with McMahon and Triple H at the “Showcase of the Immortals.” Three years ago, Rousey appeared alongside Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson at WrestleMania 31, planting the seeds for her to eventually join WWE as a full-time talent.
Ronda Rousey’s victory caps off an eventful weekend for her unofficial “Four Horsewomen” stable. Shayna Baszler, Rousey’s friend and former MMA training partner, captured the NXT Women’s Championship on Saturday night with a victory over Ember Moon.