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Ronda Rousey

Ronda Rousey

Real Name: Ronda Jean Rousey
Born: February 1, 1987
Height: 5’6”
Weight: 135 Pounds
Spouse: Travis Browne

Accomplishments

Major Titles Held

WWE RAW Women’s Champion
WWE SmackDown Women’s Champion
UFC Women’s Bantamweight Champion
Strikeforce Women’s Bantamweight Champion
UFC Hall of Fame 2018
Headlined 2 WWE PPVs including 1 WrestleMania

Life Before Wrestling: 2008 Beijing Olympics and UFC

Ronda Rousey grew up as the daughter of World Judo Champion AnnMarie DeMars. Rousey’s mother was the first to win the World Judo Championship in 1984. Rousey began training with her mother at age 11 in Judo. Rousey would go on to medal in many tournaments including the Olympic Games and the World Judo Championships. Rousey retired from judo at the age of 21 after the Olympics. 

Rousey then began training for MMA. Her armbar submission hold became her finisher that she was able to apply it on her opponents very early in the fight ending with her opponent tapping out. She made her debut in 2010. After having one fight in King of Cage, she then entered Strikeforce, the number two MMA group behind UFC, as the UFC did not have any women’s divisions yet at this time. She debuted in November of 2011 and won with the armbar. Rousey would go on to win the Strikeforce Women’s Bantamweight Championship from Meisha Tate March 3, 2012 via the armbar submission and followed that up with a successful title defense against Sarah Kaufman. In November of 2012, Ronda Rousey became the first ever female fighter to sign with UFC and was named the UFC Women’s Bantamweight Champion. Friends of hers said that she should start using the nickname “Rowdy” Ronda Rousey, as Rousey was a huge fan of Roddy Piper as a child. Rousey would end up meeting Piper in 2012 and told him about the idea. Piper liked it, gave his approval, and “Rowdy” Ronda Rousey became a household name as she took the UFC world by storm. Rousey continued to defeat opponents in the first round via the armbar submission hold. Her opponents knew it was coming, but could not stop it, and they lost immediately. Rousey immediately became one of, if not the biggest drawing cards in UFC at that time as PPV numbers escalated when she was on the card. Rousey finally was defeated in her seventh defense of the title against Holly Holm at UFC 193 on November 15, 2015. Rousey did not know how to handle the loss as she had been successful in judo and undefeated in MMA. She later said she was suicidal over the loss. Rousey finally returned to UFC a year later, again losing, this time to Amanda Nunes when she got knocked out in the first round. It’s hard to say if Rousey started to lose because the women’s division started growing with more skilled fighters, or fighters finally figured out how to avoid the armbar early and Rousey didn’t have experience past that point, or simply time caught up with her as it does with all fighters. Rousey retired from MMA in 2016, married fellow UFC Fighter Travis Brown in 2017, and was inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame in 2018. She also made appearances in several television series and movies.

2015: First WWE appearance at WrestleMania 31

The WWE took advantage of Ronda Rousey’s UFC popularity by having her appear at WrestleMania 31. Rousey was sitting ringside. When Stephanie McMahon slapped The Rock in the ring, Rock said he couldn’t hit a woman, but this person can. Ronda hit the ring, grabbed Stephanie by the arm, teasing the armbar, and then tossed her out of the ring. Ronda Rousey and The Rock stood tall to the delight of the crowd.

2017: Ronda Rousey signs with WWE

It was announced that Ronda Rousey had signed with the WWE and she would begin training to become a professional wrestler.

2018: Ronda Rousey's WWE debut at Royal Rumble, first match at WrestleMania 34

Ronda Rousey made an appearance at The Royal Rumble. She was allowed to keep her entrance music, “Bad Reputation” by Joan Jett & The Blackhearts, which she used in UFC. She also was wearing Roddy Piper’s legitimate black leather jacket he wore while wrestling for WWE as Piper had given it to her. At Elimination Chamber, she had an angle with Triple H and Stephanie McMahon, which led to the WrestleMania 34 match between Triple H and Stephanie against Ronda and Kurt Angle. Rousey won the match for her team by submitting Stepanie McMahon with the armbar submission. The wrestling world was shocked at how great of a match, considering it was Ronda's first. Despite the participants saying they practiced the match for weeks beforehand, nonetheless, this will be remembered for many years to come. It didn’t take Rousey long to get her first shot at the RAW Women’s Championship. She would beat the champion Nia Jax, but it was by DQ. After the match, Alexa Bliss cashed in her Money in the Bank to win the title from Jax. Rousey would win the title from Bliss at SummerSlam and also win the rematch at Hell in Cell. She would go on to hold the title throughout the rest of the year, defeating Nikki Bella at Evolution, Charlotte Flair at Survivor Series, and Nia Jax at TLC.

2019: Ronda Rousey turns heel, feud with Charlotte Flair and Becky Lynch, WWE hiatus

In March, Rousey turned heel when she attacked both Becky Lynch and Charlotte Flair. It was announced that for the first time ever, a female match would headline WrestleMania as Ronda Rousey would compete against both Becky Lynch and Charlotte Flair in a triple threat match and that the winner would take all as Rousey was the RAW Women’s Champion and Charlotte was the SmackDown Women’s Champion. Lynch would go on to win the match and both titles. Rousey pointed out that her shoulder was up, but despite that, Lynch became the holder of both belts and proclaimed herself, “Two Belt Becky”. We would not see Rousey in WWE again until 2022.

2022: Ronda Rousey returns to WWE, wins and loses Women's Championship to Liv Morgan

Ronda Rousey returned to WWE in 2022 at The Royal Rumble as a babyface and won the match, which earned her a shot at either the RAW or SmackDown Women’s Championship at WrestleMania 38. She chose to go after the SmackDown Title held by Charlotte Flair. Flair defeated Rousey at the event to retain the championship. Rousey, however, would defeat Flair at the next PPV entitled WrestleMania Backlash to win the title. Rousey retained her title at Money in the Bank over Natalya, however, after the match, Liv Morgan cashed in her Money in the Bank against Rousey and beat her for the championship.

WWE Women’s RAW/SmackDown Title Defenses

Alexa Bliss, Nikki Bella, Mickey James, Nia Jax, Natalya, Sasha Banks, Bayley, Ruby Riott, Dana Brooks, Becky Lynch, Charlotte Flair, Raquel Rodriguez

PPV Main Events

2018

WWE Evolution: WWE RAW Women’s Championship: Ronda Rousey ( c ) defeated Nikki Bella

2019

WWE WrestleMania: Winner Takes All in a Triple Threat match for the WWE RAW Women’s Championship and WWE SmackDown Women’s Championship: Becky Lynch defeated Ronda Rousey (WWE RAW Women’s Champion) and Charlotte Flair (WWE SmackDown Women’s Champion) to win both titles

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