The folks at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia were treated to one of the most epic nights in WWE history. As if seeing Shinsuke Nakamura and Asuka win the men's and women's Royal Rumbles, respectively, the night ended perfectly as UFC star Ronda Rousey appeared and finally made her WWE debut.
After winning the match, Asuka looked at Charlotte (SmackDown Women's Champion), an Alexa Bliss (Raw Women's Champion). Seemingly on the cusp of making her decision, Rousey came out and congratulated Asuka on her victory, before going over to shake hands with Stephanie McMahon.
Rousey then pointed at the giant WrestleMania 34 sign, then walked out for the night. Sportscenter then had this major announcement to share after the Royal Rumble pay-per-view:
UFC's Ronda Rousey has signed a full-time contract with WWE, according to ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne. pic.twitter.com/ZeGZeSnwHZ— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) January 29, 2018
Rousey told TMZ Sports earlier this week that she wouldn't be appearing at the Royal Rumble, as she was flying out to Columbia to finish filming Mile 22. She said she would not be back until mid-February.
Rousey had been rumoured to join the WWE for a few years, and it finally happened on Sunday. After losing her last two UFC matches, president Dana White said her career was likely over. She was recently spotted having dinner with Triple H, who then warned "Stay tuned," regarding her WWE debut.
Sunday was a major night for the women's revolution. On top of seeing Asuka win the first Royal Rumble, we got to see a number of legends like Beth Phoenix, Lita, Trish Stratus, Torrie Wilson and Michelle McCool return. Having Rousey end the show was only icing on the cake for one of the greatest shows in recent memory.
We will soon find out who Rousey's first feud will be with, as Asuka has to announce her choice of opponent. A major kudos to Triple H, Stephanie and the creative team for this night. The women's division is only going to get stronger over time.