By: Kyle James | 01-30-2018 | Entertainment
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Rhonda Rousey Joins WWE Makes Debut At Royal Rumble Philadelphia

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The former UFC women's bantamweight champion has made a return to the public eye after a year-long period of absence. Rousey made an appearance in WWE Sunday night at the Royal Rumble in Philadelphia.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Everyone&#39;s eyes are on <a href=";ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#WrestleMania</a> 34…<br><br>…including <a href="">@RondaRousey</a>&#39;s!!! <a href=";ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#RoyalRumble</a> <a href=""></a></p>&mdash; WWE (@WWE) <a href="">January 29, 2018</a></blockquote>

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She told ESPN she is fully committed to wrestling and won't just be making cameos at the WWE's biggest events. "This is my life now. Yeah, they have first priority on my time for the next several years," Rousey said. "This is not a smash and grab, this is not a publicity stunt."

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A full area of roaring fans welcomed Rousey as she took to the stage and pointed to a WrestleMania sign taking place in New Orleans on April 3. Joan Jett's Bad Reputation played with flashing lights and fog machines as Rousey began setting up the story line for her appearance in Wrestlemania 34 later this year.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">That is the face of a happy woman. I really wish Ronda Rousey the best in the WWE. Hope it all works out for her.<a href=""></a> <a href=""></a></p>&mdash; Chamatkar Sandhu (@SandhuMMA) <a href="">January 29, 2018</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">There have been only three UFC fighters who have been able to headline a card and garner at least one million pay-per-view buys on their own over the past decade: Conor McGregor, Ronda Rousey and Brock Lesnar. The last two are now with the WWE and may co-main event WrestleMania.</p>&mdash; Arash Markazi (@ArashMarkazi) <a href="">January 29, 2018</a></blockquote>

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UFC fans tweeted their support for Rousey's transition to WWE. She told, "This has been a dream of mine since me and all my girlfriends would sit around and watch wrestling together. No matter how much I tried to do other things in my life, this kept following me around. It’s time to take a hint from the universe and go for it."

Rousey announced she would stop fighting after going undefeated until losing two fights in a row, one was a 48-second loss to Amanda Nunes in UFC 207 in December of 2016. Rousey got her nickname "Rowdy" from WWE Hall of Famer "Rowdy" Roddy Piper who died in 2015.

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