Ronda Rousey 'grateful' for humbling UFC losses after Wrestlemania debut

Flair, on the other hand, is now the longest-reigning SmackDown Women's Champion.

Rousey, whose UFC dominance came to a screeching halt with back-to-back losses to Holly Holm and Amanda Nunes at UFC 193 and UFC 207, respectively, appeared in her first official WWE match Sunday night at WrestleMania 34 in New Orleans.

The Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana was packed to the rafters as more than 78,000 people attended the event, while WWE announced that WrestleMania 34 shattered the Superdome's record for the highest-grossing entertainment event with a total of $14.1 million. At the start of the feud, Reigns played on Brock's part-time status in the WWE and was actually receiving cheers from the crowd after several fiery promos calling out Lesnar as someone who didn't care about the belt or performing for the WWE universe.

Should Charlotte and Ronda get the green light, it will be the latest in a long line of female firsts accomplished by the company over recent years. By the same token, if a woman does look good against a man, then fans immediately ask why women are wasting their time working each other.

The show opened with Intercontinental champion The Miz defending his title against challengers Seth Rollins and Finn Balor in a no disqualification triple threat match. The former United States and ECW Champion quickly entered the ring and attacked Elias before hoisting him up for an impressive Standing Suplex. However, after this weekend's WrestleMania 34, no one can say that change isn't coming to professional wrestling.

For the first time since January, we have a Cruiserweight Champion. How will Daniel Bryan look in his return to the ring? "I gotta wrestle so often I can't have wings every night". The fact that the match ended with Lesnar retaining his title is an interesting swerve, but the real story of the match is its overwhelming, terrifyingly intense rejection by those in attendance. How will Asuka respond to losing? What does the future hold for the in-ring return of Bryan?

Raw after WrestleMania always brings in a big crowd for ratings and the post-WrestleMania episode didn't disappoint. This special for our ad-free website (and ad-free mobile site) offers our best sale pricing of the year on our six-month and annual rates, a three-month option for the price of two months, or a chance to sample membership for one month for just $2.

  • Julie Sanders