Ronda Rousey finally returned to WWE programming Sunday night at their Elimination Chamber pay-per-view, after surprising everyone by showing up unannounced at the Royal Rumble a month ago. It was advertised as Rousey appearing to officially sign her contract to be a Raw superstar. But since this is “sports entertainment,” contract signings almost never go smoothly.
This week on Raw, the WWE gave fans what they called a “Gauntlet Match” — a series of one-on-one matches with the winner moving on to face the next competitor. Naturally, such a match definitely puts the starting combatants at a distinct disadvantage — Seth Rollins or Roman Reigns started the match, and would have to beat multiple other WWE superstars in order to actually win the damn thing.
Hulk Hogan in the Bullet Club? It almost happened.
After stunning everyone by showing up at the Royal Rumble, former UFC champion Ronda Rousey hasn’t appeared on WWE television since. That’s kind of a crappy way to promote your newest star, as many people tuned in to the episode of Raw after the Rumble to see what Rousey would do next, only to be disappointed that she didn’t show.
Former UFC champion Ronda Rousey showed up at the end of the Royal Rumble on Sunday night, finally confirming one of the worst-kept secrets in the sports entertainment industry. Many fans expected her to actually enter the historic inaugural all-female version of the 30-person battle royal, but when No. 30 was revealed as WWE Hall of Famer Trish Stratus, it seemed likely that Rousey wasn’t coming.
Just 24 hours after announcing they had suspended Cruiserweight champion Enzo Amore pending a sexual assault investigation in Phoenix, the WWE revealed they had “come to terms on the release” of the controversial performer.
The WWE announced on Monday that they had suspended reigning cruiserweight champion Enzo Amore (real name Eric Arndt) in the midst of a scathing accusation of sexual assault.
Tonight the WWE will air their official 25th anniversary edition of Monday Night Raw (even though the actual anniversary date was a couple of weeks ago, but whatever). To commemorate the occasion, they have advertised a ridiculous number of returning stars (Steve Austin, Shawn Michaels, The Undertaker, Scott Hall, Kevin Nash, etc) for what should be a fun nostalgic trip down memory lane.
The WWE made another bit of wrestling history this week when they announced that there would be a all-female Royal Rumble match at the annual January event. While details are still sparse, we assume it will function exactly like the men’s version, with superstars from both Raw and Smackdown competing in an over-the-top-rope battle royal, with the last remaining survivor getting a title shot at the champion of their respective brand at WrestleMania.