Ronda Rousey poses with fans after Royal Rumble appearance

Speaking with ESPN ahead of the event, Rousey explained her decision to join the WWE.

Her appearance came after Japanese superstar Asuka claimed victory in the women's match.

Rousey, who won an Olympic judo bronze medal in '08, refused to specify whether she had formally retired from the UFC. Now that Rousey is a WWE employee, Vince McMahon and Co. have an opportunity to speak to first-time watchers.

Stratus opens the show by talking about her illustrious WWE career.

Rousey smiled when Royal Rumble victor Asuka slapped her hand away on an offer for a handshake.

Rousey is a former UFC bantamweight champion.

The California native was a huge force at UFC as she enjoyed a six-fight unbeaten streak.

Over the course of four years, Rousey changed the world of MMA.

After clashes in a Hell in a Cell match, a Money in the Bank ladder match and now the Royal Rumble, the women's division's next frontier to conquer is the Elimination Chamber.

Rousey quickly became the most recognizable MMA fighter in the world. She hosted "Saturday Night Live", and was featured in magazines, including the 2012 ESPN The Magazine Body Issue.

Rousey hasn't fought since she suffered a 48-second loss to Amanda Nunes in a December, 2016 UFC match.

Ronda Rousey is a pro wrestler now.

A longtime fan of the WWE, "Rowdy" Ronda Rousey takes her nickname from WWE superstar Roddy Piper, who granted her permission to use the name.

There had been rumors all week regarding the match the company had tried to put together for WrestleMania 31 with Rousey & Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson against Stephanie & Triple H. It is unknown whether that match can be put together.

Rousey has quite the history with EA Sports' UFC brand, appearing on the cover of its previously released EA Sports UFC 2 alongside Conor McGregor. There are also reports that she could compete against SmackDown Women's Champion Charlotte Flair, daughter of the legendary "The Nature Boy" Ric Flair.

  • Salvatore Jensen