Former UFC and Raw Women’s Champion made a shock return to the WWE and has won the Royal Rumble!
It’s been heavily reported that Ronda Rousey was being courted by the WWE prior to the Royal Rumble, and that the decision to return was “all on Rousey” as to whether or not she would return to action in the WWE.
Fans got their answer at the Royal Rumble when the Rowdy one made her entrance at #28 to the sounds of her familiar Joan Jett theme. Rousey would go on to eliminate three women and assist in eliminating others. The final two participants in the match were Ronda Rousey and Charlotte Flair, and Ronda was victorious in eliminating her old foe, winning her first Royal Rumble match and guaranteeing herself a spot in the main event of WrestleMania 38.
— WWE (@WWE) January 30, 2022
One of the most famous names in UFC history, Ronda Rousey made waves when it was reported that she was trying her hand at professional wrestling and signed with the WWE in late 2017. Having previously made appearances in the audience during various WWE shows and also confronting The Authority alongside The Rock at WrestleMania 31, Rousey made her first appearance as a WWE signee at the 2018 Royal Rumble when she interrupted Asuka’s winning celebration and pointed to the WrestleMania sign.
Fans were blown away when Rousey made her in-ring debut at WrestleMania 34, teaming with Kurt Angle to take on Stephanie McMahon and Triple H. Rousey and Angle were able to defeat The Authority, and the parallels between the two in their rookie performances spelled great things for the former UFC star.
Ronda Rousey became the Raw Women’s Champion when she defeated Alexa Bliss at SummerSlam and held the title until Becky Lynch pinned her at WrestleMania 35, albeit in controversial fashion as Rousey’s shoulders were visibly not on the mat when the pinfall was counted.
Complete list of Women’s Royal Rumble eliminations before Ronda Rousey’s Win
- Sahsa Banks eliminated Melina
- Sasha Banks eliminated Kelly Kelly
- Queen Zelina eliminated Sasha Banks
- Tamina eliminated Dana Brooke
- Natalya eliminated Tamina
- Sonya DeVille eliminated Cameron
- Naomi Eliminated Sonya DeVille
- Rhea Ripley eliminated Carmella & Queen Zelina
- Charlotte Flair eliminates Aliyah
- Soyna DeVille (after being eliminated) pulled Naomi out of the ring to eliminate her
- Rhea Ripley eliminated Right To Censor Ivory
- Mickie James eliminated Michelle McCool
- Natalya eliminated Summer Rae
- Bella Twins eliminated Alicia Fox
- Bella Twins eliminated Sarah Logan
- Brie Bella eliminated Liv Morgan
- Lita eliminated Mickie James
- Nikki A.S.H. eliminated Mighty Molly
- Ronda Rousey eliminated Nikki A.S.H.
- Brie Bella eliminated Nikki Bella
- Ronda Rousey eliminated Brie Bella
- Ronda Rousey eliminated Shotzi
- Bianca Belair eliminated Natalya
- Charlotte Flair eliminated Lita
- Charlotte Flair eliminated Rhea Ripley
- Charlotte Flair eliminated Bianca Belair and Shayna Baszler
- Ronda Rousey eliminated Charlotte Flair to win the Royal Rumble
For a complete list of Royal Rumble results, click here.