If Vince McMahon's birthday wishes are anything to go by, then we won't see Ronda Rousey in WWE again until WrestleMania.
Ronda Rousey had a link and a relationship with WWE for a number of years now. From assisting Stephanie McMahon in her ice bucket challenge to stepping into the ring alongside The Rock at WrestleMania 31, to sitting at ringside for pretty much the entirety of the Mae Young Classic last summer.
Now, a deal has finally been struck between the two parties for Rousey to actually become a WWE Superstar. The former UFC Bantamweight Champion made her first appearance as a contracted employee of the company this past Sunday following the women's Royal Rumble match and made her intentions very clear even though she didn't say a word. The Rowdy One wants a match at WrestleMania in New Orleans.
WWE is all about making moments, and they made a pretty special one with Rousey on Sunday. Not everyone is convinced though. A lot of fans and a few Superstars are a little annoyed that her arrival has taken a lot of attention away from the history-making women's Royal Rumble match and also the bout's winner Asuka. According to Rousey herself though, she has signed a full-time contract so will surely pay her dues.
Despite those claims, Rousey did not show up on either Raw or SmackDown Live this past week. Plus, on top of that, Vince McMahon may have inadvertently added more fuel to the fire. On Thursday McMahon wished Rousey happy birthday on Twitter, signing off with "See you at WrestleMania." Presumably, that means we will not be seeing The Rowdy One compete in WWE until the company takes up residence in New Orleans.
There is every chance that the message posted by Vince McMahon, or at least posted on his Twitter account, is merely a throwaway comment and we will, in fact, see Rousey on a number of occasions before WrestleMania. We certainly hope so anyway as the full-time comments she made after the Royal Rumble will be picked apart and replayed by fans over and over again in the coming months if she doesn't appear and wrestle on Raw or SmackDown Live.