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Happy Birthday: Remembering Ronda Rousey’s First WWE Run
Ronda Rousey is celebrating her 35th birthday on Tuesday, and she is doing so coming off the heels of her return to WWE this past weekend. Rousey was a surprise entrant in the Women’s Royal Rumble match and won the entire thing, earning a title match at Wrestlemania in April. She is mostly known for her vicious fighting skills in the UFC, but this is not her first run with the WWE, and we’re taking a look back at some of her top moments as a “sports entertainer.”
Pairing Up With The Rock
Rousey’s first appearance in WWE came at Wrestlemania 31 in 2015, when The Rock pulled her in to the ring from the crowd to help him get the best of Triple H and Stephanie McMahon.
Debut at Royal Rumble 2018
Her official WWE debut came nearly three years later at the Royal Rumble, where she interrupted the finish to the Women’s Royal Rumble match, showing her intentions of headlining Wrestlemania.
Putting Triple H Through a Table
Her first big moment with the company came at the Elimination Chamber 2018 event, where she put Triple H through a table while signing her WWE contract.
Teaming With Kurt Angle at Wrestlemania
That incident at Elimination Chamber would lead to her first headline Wrestlemania match, where she teamed with Kurt Angle to beat Triple H and Stephania McMahon at Wrestlemania 34.
Her First Title Win at Summerslam 2018
Her first title win came that summer, where she blew through Alexa Bliss to take home the Raw Women’s Championship at Summerslam 2018.
Main Event First All-Women's Pay Per View
WWE made history with the first all-women’s pay-per-view in October 2018 called “Evolution,” with the main event featuring Rousey defending her title against Nikki Bella. Rousey would successfully retain on this night.
Main Evening Wrestlemania with Charlotte Flair and Becky Lynch
She made more history by being apart of the first Women’s match to main event Wrestlemania in 2019 at MetLife Stadium, where she battled both Becky Lynch and Charlotte Flair in a triple threat match. Rousey would drop the title to Lynch, who rolled her up for a controversial end to her title and first WWE run.