WWE once again made a historic announcement on Monday night’s episode of Raw. After months of rumors, Stephanie McMahon confirmed that there will in fact be a women’s Royal Rumble match for the first time ever at the Royal Rumble pay-per-view in January.
As you can imagine, this set off a flurry of fantasy booking, speculation, and dream scenarios for surprise guests (and heck, speculation on which women from the actual roster will get to compete in the match). There is one persistent rumor going around, and there’s enough smoke to this fire to make me warn everyone reading this that it could very well be a potential SPOILER, so read on at your own risk.
Seriously, stop now if you don’t want to risk reading a POSSIBLE SPOILER, because I’m not about to have y’all get mad at me for spoiling something without protecting myself with like approximately three SPOILER WARNING boldface tags for everyone.
We good? We in the clear here? Okay then.
It’s no secret that WWE has been courting Ronda Rousey for a good long while now, and it’s also no secret that Rousey is currently training for what many believe is an impending pro wrestling debut. Rousey is a lifelong pro wrestling fan, and her fellow MMA Four Horsewoman buddy Shayna Baszler has already made a big splash in pro wrestling, winning titles across the indies and being a finalist in this summer’s Mae Young Classic. Baszler has signed with WWE and is set to debut on NXT soon, and there were initially rumors that the MMA Four Horsewomen vs. WWE’s Four Horsewomen was a match being planned for WrestleMania 34.
Well, the Royal Rumble may have thrown a wrench into those plans. There are conflicting reports about how close Rousey may be to signing with WWE, but pretty much everyone is treating it as an inevitability at this point. And it may just be that WWE will debut Rousey in the women’s Royal Rumble match.
On Wrestling Observer Radio on Monday night, Dave Meltzer noted while talking about the women’s Rumble match that there is “A lot of Ronda Rousey talk. If she’s in it, she’d better win.” He also pointed out that when Asuka’s main roster finisher was changed to the armbar a few weeks ago, it was pretty clearly done to establish that she and Rousey finish their fights the same way, and that this is the dream match the company is trying to build to.
“As soon [Asuka] she did the armbar the second time, I thought that she’s being groomed for Ronda Rousey, and [WWE] really is protecting [Asuka] even more than I expected they would, so [a build to Rousey vs. Asuka] makes sense. So we’ll have to see if that’s what happens.”