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Ronda Rousey hasn’t been seen in WWE since surprising the crowd in January at Royal Rumble in Philadelphia, but fans won’t have to wait too much longer for her next appearance.

On Monday night, Raw general manager Kurt Angle announced that the former UFC women’s bantamweight champion will sign her contract with the brand during WWE’s Elimination Chamber pay-per-view on Feb. 25.

The pay-per-view could also set up Rousey’s storyline for WrestleMania 34 on April 8. MMA Fighting’s Dave Meltzer reported WWE is trying to put together a tag-team match that would pit Rousey and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson against Stephanie McMahon and Triple H.

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WWE Hall of Famer Ric Flair was recently interviewed by The Mirror. Below are a few highlights:

During the early years of Raw you were one of the opposition, because you rejoined World Championship Wrestling (WCW) a month later and then went head-to-head with Raw on Monday Nitro. Did you used to watch both shows? Was the rivalry as fierce as people say now?

“Worse. I hated WCW. I’ve said it on record. Not the guys, but the way it was run. It was ridiculous. Literally, my prediction, I said they will kill themselves. And they did. You can’t go out on Nitro and say openly to Vince, ‘we’re putting you out of business’. He’s forgiven a lot of people.”

Do you think that approach turned fans off?

“Yeah. They wanted me to go out there and say that. I said ‘s*** no’ I’m not going to go out and say that. ‘I’m not doing it’. It’s one of the reasons me and [Eric] Bischoff didn’t get along. They wanted me to go out and put WWE down like Hulk [Hogan], Scott Hall and [Kevin] Nash and those guys were. Not a chance.”

[Vince McMahon] even hired Eric Bischoff as the general manager of Raw in July 2002 after WCW went out of business.

“I was really shocked. I wouldn’t badmouth WWE on air out of loyalty to Vince. I used to work for his dad [Vincent J. McMahon]. He’s forgiven a lot of people man, Bruno [Sammartino], the Ultimate Warrior, Kevin, Scott…”

How excited would you be to see Asuka face your daughter Charlotte, or as has been rumoured, Ronda Rousey to face Charlotte at WrestleMania. That would be a box office attraction.

“Oh huge. Ronda because Ronda gets so much exposure from ESPN as well, which we do a lot of stuff with. That’s why Brock [Lesnar] brings so much to the table, because Brock used to get so much ESPN stuff, which gives us an audience that might not normally watch it.”

If Ronda Rousey was to come into WWE, she couldn’t be in better hands than in a match with Charlotte.

“No. Charlotte will beat her when she wants to! Ronda better watch out. I can tell you this, Charlotte is not afraid of her in any way, shape of form. She is a lot bigger than she is. [5ft 10in to 5ft 7in and 144lb to 135lb]. She can deadlift 300lb and squad 250lb.”

Flair also discussed not having a WrestleMania match with Hulk Hogan in WWE, his big 1992 Royal Rumble win, Bobby Heenan and more. You can read the full interview by clicking here.

It looks like WWE may be using Ronda Rousey to help make Stephanie McMahon a bigger star, according to Dave Meltzer of The Wrestling Observer Newsletter.

It was noted that one of the more significant reasons WWE hired Rousey was to help boost Stephanie’s mainstream status and that the questions surrounding her financial value to the company are secondary.

Boosting Stephanie’s image is why they want the super high-profile match at WrestleMania 34 for Rousey, rumored to be Stephanie and Triple H vs. Rousey and an unknown male star, rumored to be The Rock or WWE Hall of Famer Kurt Angle. It was noted that while Stephanie is a big name in wrestling, she’s not a mainstream star. One of the keys in bringing Rousey in goes back to what made Vince McMahon a star – the program with WWE Hall of Famer Steve Austin, and what made Austin a big mainstream star – the feud with Mike Tyson.

While it was believed that Rousey’s Royal Rumble handshake with Stephanie was to squash their beef, the idea for their feud is to make Stephanie a star outside of the pro wrestling world.

Ronda Rousey made her WWE debut at Sunday’s Royal Rumble PPV in Philadelphia following the first-ever women’s Royal Rumble match, which closed the show and was won by Asuka. Rousey interrupted a post-match segment with Asuka, Raw Women’s Champion Alexa Bliss and SmackDown Women’s Champion Charlotte Flair.

Rousey came out and tried to shake Asuka’s hand but Asuka slapped her hand away. She also took a look at the titles before leaving the ring and shaking the hand of special guest commentator Stephanie McMahon. As the PPV went off the air, Rousey pointed at the WrestleMania 34 sign. Rousey is expected to receive a high profile match at WWE’s biggest show of the year, reportedly in a mixed tag match against Triple H and Stephanie McMahon.

Along with Lana, Natalya made an appearance on The Trend with Rebecca Granetand was asked if she thought Ronda Rousey should be given a top spot in the WWE, despite being new to the company. Ultimately, Natalya said Rousey is looking to bring more eyes to the WWE women’s division.

“We all do have different ways we could go about getting to WWE,” Natalya said. “Some of us have different backgrounds, I’ve been around wrestling my entire life, since I was a little girl, since I was born. Not everybody has that background. Not everybody was born into a wrestling dynasty. Lana’s journey is different, Ronda’s journey is going to be different and I think it’s situational.”

“With Ronda, yes, she absolutely does has to prove herself, but I know Ronda personally, I’m friends with her. Ronda has expressed that she more than anything wants to prove herself and she really wants to bring even more attention to the women of WWE, and I think it’s going to be incredible for all of us.”

We’re less than 65 days until WrestleMania 34 in New Orleans and just one match has been confirmed by WWE for the biggest show of the year – Shinsuke Nakamura vs. WWE Champion AJ Styles.

We do have a handful of rumored matches and matches that have been planned for some time. The Wrestling Observer Newsletter reports this week that RAW Women’s Champion Alexa Bliss is set to defend her title against Nia Jax, which leaves Asuka to cash in her Royal Rumble title shot against SmackDown Women’s Champion Charlotte Flair.

Below is the current rumored card for WrestleMania 34, which takes place on April 8th from the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans. It should be noted that this is the rumored card based on what has been reported. No word yet on who RAW Tag Team Champions The Bar or SmackDown Tag Team Champions The Usos may defend against but there could be multi-team matches. There’s also no word yet on who WWE United States Champion Bobby Roode might defend against.

WWE Universal Title Match

Roman Reigns vs. Brock Lesnar

WWE Title Match

Shinsuke Nakamura vs. AJ Styles

RAW Women’s Title Match

Nia Jax vs. Alexa Bliss

SmackDown Women’s Title Match

Asuka vs. Charlotte Flair

WWE Intercontinental Title Match

Braun Strowman vs. The Miz

Ronda Rousey and a partner (The Rock & WWE Hall of Famer Kurt Angle have been rumored) vs. Triple H and Stephanie McMahon

John Cena vs. The Undertaker

Finals of the WWE Cruiserweight Title Tournament

The 5th Annual Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal

Despite stating on a recent interview that there is no WWE deal yet and she will not be in the United States due to filming in Colombia, former UFC Women’s Bantamweight Champion Ronda Rousey appeared at the close of the Royal Rumble pay-per-view. Rousey stared at the women’s Royal Rumble winner, Asuka, as well as the current titleholders, Charlotte Flair and Alexa Bliss.

Noticeably, Rousey was donning a t-shirt inspired by her wrestling hero, the late “Rowdy” Roddy Piper, as well as his jacket. Following the Royal Rumble, WWE would shoot footage of Rousey doing a photo shoot and returning the jacket to Piper’s son, Colt Toombs.

Piper’s daughter, Ariel Teal Toombs, was interviewed by TMZ and shared her feelings of Rousey wearing her dad’s jacket.

“Honestly, I feel honored,” said Toombs. “It’s so empowering to see a woman like Ronda, like, coming into wrestling right now. And then, on top of it, her wearing his jacket, that symbolism is very sweet. She’s just so great about carrying the torch and showing her Piper pride.”

Toombs was then asked if Rousey could carry the Piper legacy to the new generation of wrestling fans.

“The beauty of Ronda is that she’s bringing in her own fanbase,” Toombs responded. “So she has a whole lot of fans that maybe weren’t even Piper fans that she’ll be bringing her own element to. There’ll never be another ‘Rowdy’ Roddy Piper. There just won’t. We can all pay tribute to him and do our best, but I think that Ronda is gonna do a great job taking the talent and the fighting charisma she has, and becoming her own new thing. And I think this is just her paying tribute because dad was so much a part of her life.”

Both the men’s and women’s Royal Rumble matches were full of surprises, and the reaction in Philadephia was mostly receptive to these returns. For the men’s Royal Rumble, the biggest surprise was former WWE Champion Rey Mysterio returning after a three-year absence. Other surprises, such as Hurricane Helms and NXT stars Andrade “Cien” Almas and Adam Cole, also added to the excitement of the match. In addition to many former women’s stars returning, NXT Women’s Champion Ember Moon was also a surprise entrant.

Regarding both Almas and Moon being a part of the Royal Rumble, Taz was “not a fan” of this decision by WWE due to them being the respective champions of NXT. He was also not a fan of the Bella Twins eliminating Sasha Banks, as seen in the Facebook Live video above.

“Let’s worry about the current talent, WWE,” said Taz. “That’s what we need to get over. Not the men and women that are from the past. That’s something I have a problem with, and I have a problem with doing what you’re doing to your two champions from NXT. They come off as small, and they come off as not being utilized the right way, and it hurts. It hurts them. It hurts them badly when that happens.”

Taz added that placing Almas and Moon in the Royal Rumble makes NXT look “bush league,” and there is no need to have them in there. He also stated that it is “bad booking,” and WWE should let NXT stand on their own. Taz was unhappy that the WWE Championship match started first, as well as reacted when Ronda Rousey appeared and pointed to the WrestleMania logo.

“It kind of takes the spotlight away from Asuka’s victory,” said Taz. He added, “But what did she win? I mean, you’re pointing, Ronda Rousey, I know how tough you are, but what did she earn? She didn’t beat anyone, she didn’t fight anybody here. I don’t get it.”