Fans were treated to an unexpected surprise when Ronda Rousey made an impactful debut on Ring of Honor (ROH) during the November 23, 2023, episode, which was taped at the November 17 AEW Dynamite event. The former UFC champion and WWE superstar joined forces with Marina Shafir to face off against Athena and Billie Starkz, marking an intriguing development in the professional wrestling realm.
Despite initial speculation, it was later disclosed that Rousey has not inked a deal with All Elite Wrestling (AEW). Her appearance was reportedly a strategic move, designed as a “favor to alleviate a complex political issue,” although the specific details of this political entanglement remain under wraps. It was also highlighted that Rousey’s participation was an act of solidarity, helping her friend Marina Shafir in the squared circle. The duo emerged victorious from the highly-anticipated match, celebrating their win with a unique and candid backstage exchange that caught the attention of viewers.
Ronda Rousey reflected on the experience via her Instagram account, sharing her exhilarating feelings about the in-ring action. Rousey playfully quipped about the benefits of kneeing opponents in the face and expressed gratitude to Athena and Billie Starkz for their readiness and impressive performance.
At the AEW Full Gear press conference, Tony Khan, the president of AEW, addressed questions regarding Rousey’s future with the company. He confirmed that Rousey was indeed not signed with AEW, but her limited presence was undoubtedly memorable. Rousey and Shafir, both decorated competitors, had previously collided with Athena and Starkz at the REVOLVER Unreal event, which took place on November 16, 2023.
Rousey’s last major wrestling stint was in WWE, where she headlined SummerSlam in August 2023, facing off against Shayna Baszler in a bout that still resonates with fans. Her brief foray into ROH on AEW Dynamite has stirred conversations and speculation about her path forward in the wrestling industry.
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