UFC Hall of Famer Ronda Rousey debuts for Ring of Honor – Spoilers
The following article contains spoilers for the Ring of Honor on HonorClub tapings that took place on Nov. 17, 2023, in Los Angeles, Calif., where former WWE and UFC star Ronda Rousey made her ROH debut.
ROH has been owned by AEW president Tony Khan since March 2022, leading to the promotion attracting the attention of some of the best wrestlers and the biggest stars in the world. However, Ring of Honor may have attracted its biggest star to date in the form of Ronda Rousey. The UFC Hall of Famer originally announced her retirement from wrestling in October after leaving the WWE, but that has all changed as of late.
Rousey has got back in contact with her old friend and current AEW star Marina Shafir and has started to fight alongside “The Problem” on the independent circuit. That connection has now reached Ring of Honor, where on Nov. 17, Rousey was revealed as Shafir’s partner to face ROH Women’s Champion Athena and her “minion” Billie Starkz in a tag team match.
Ronda and Marina were victorious in their match against Athena and Starkz, leading some people to believe that the UFC Hall of Famer could be the next challenger to the “Fallen Goddess'” ROH Women’s Championship.
Ring of Honor will host their final pay-per-view of the year, Final Battle, on Dec. 15. It will take place at the Curtis Culwell Center in Garland, Texas, and will air exclusively on ROH’s streaming platform HonorClub.
Ronda Rousey is unbeaten in the ring since leaving WWE:
The former WWE Women’s Champion wrestled her final match for World Wrestling Entertainment at the Summerslam Premium Live Event in Aug. of 2023, losing to Shayna Baszler in an “MMA Rules” match. However, since leaving the company, she’s amassed a strong record inside the squared circle.
Ronda has wrestled three matches since leaving WWE in August and has yet to taste defeat in any of them. Rousey and Marina Shafir picked up their first win as a team against AEW star Taya Valkyrie and former WWE Superstar Brian Kendrick at Lucha VaVoom event in October. This was then followed by two tag team bouts against Athena and Billie Starkz.
While some people might think that Rousey’s ROH debut was her first encounter with Athena and Starkz, the four women actually faced off at a Wrestling Revolver event the previous evening. However, unlike their Ring of Honor match that ended in victory for Shafir and Ronda, their bout at Wrestling Revolver’s “Unreal” event ended in a no contest.
The fact that Rousey seems to be committing to professional wrestling on a full-time basis seems to back up UFC president Dana White’s comments that he made in August 2023. White was asked about Ronda potentially coming back to the UFC after her WWE exit, to which Dana said, “There’s no shot.”
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