Ronda Rousey returned to World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) action on Saturday night (Jan. 28, 2022) in the women’s Royal Rumble.
The former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) women’s Bantamweight champion has been on a professional wrestling hiatus for the last three years as she focused on her family life. In 2017, she married fellow former UFC fighter, Travis Browne, and in Sept. 2021 the two welcomed their first child together, La’akea Makalapuaokalanipo Browne.
Four months isn’t a whole lot of time between giving birth and returning to wrestle, but that didn’t stop Rousey from stepping back into the squared circle in a big way. She showed up as wrestler No. 28 out of 30 in the women’s Royal Rumble and won the whole thing, eliminating Charlotte Flair and earning herself a slot in the WrestleMania 38 main event on April 3, 2022.
It was another massive moment for “Rowdy,” but not without its hitches. The big WrestleMania sign hanging from the rafters actually caught fire after Rousey’s victory pyro, causing a pause in the event as WWE staff lowered it and put it out.
While this isn’t a one-off appearance from Rousey, there’s not a lot of clarity on just how regularly Ronda will be showing up at events. Like Brock Lesnar, Rousey has the pull to pop in and out of big events and skip a lot of the house show grind. But, with WrestleMania just over a month away, we expect you’ll be seeing “Rowdy” a lot over the next few weeks.
Following her big return and win, Rousey confirmed she’d be around for WWE RAW, posting on her Instagram “See you Monday.”