She’s slated to make her next title defense against fellow former champion Sasha Banks at the Royal Rumble pay-per-view event on Sunday, January 27, 2019, in Phoenix, Arizona at Chase Field and will air on the WWE Network.
Rousey recently published a video on her official YouTube channel where she revealed why Banks is her dream opponent.
"Everyone always asked me what is my dream match and I always say, Sasha Banks. I think a lot of women have had their best match with Sasha. More people in the women's division have had their best matches with Sasha, I think more than anyone else in my opinion. I've always been really excited about the potential she could really bring out of me. Up until this point, I didn't think I was ready at the level where I could fully take advantage of the opportunity of being told to have a match with her."
Rousey officially made her main roster debut at last year’s Royal Rumble event and has made great strides in her new career pursuit. She made her in-ring debut when she teamed up with WWE Hall of Famer Kurt Angle to defeat Kurt Angle and Triple H in a mixed tag team match at WrestleMania 34 last year at Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana.
Rousey continued by talking about facing Banks when she stated, "I'm super excited! I'm really super excited! When I found out, Oh, I marked out super hard, I did. I was being like, 'Don't be a mark on Sasha,' which I'm totally like a mark on her sometimes. It's gonna be awesome. ... This is my dream match and I'm so excited. One reason why I'm really excited to have a match with Sasha is just there's so many things that only me and her can be able to do. Very, very small and very, very durable is not a very common combination. There's certain things with Nia that I can only do with Nia because she's so much bigger and stronger than me. There's so many things with Sasha that I will be able to do with her because of how athletic and just knowledgeable of wrestling she is.
"I'm really excited because I'm going to learn so much. I'm just gonna be so much better in the ring for having absorbed everything that I can from her. We're both faces, you don't really get to work with each other. I've been able to watch her a lot and be in some tag-team matches with her and try to absorb things that way, but it's different. You learn things different, moving around with somebody.
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