Considering Ronda Rousey blazed a trail in MMA, it would only stand to reason that she’d do the same in pro wrestling.
On Monday, WWE announced that Rousey’s triple-threat match vs. Becky Lynch and Charlotte Flair will headline WrestleMania, marking the first time in the show’s 35-year history that a women’s match will serve as the main event. Rousey will defend her Raw women’s championship April 7 at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J.
The decision, which has been rumored for weeks, is something of a no-brainer as the feud between Rousey, Lynch and Flair has been the hottest thing in WWE since November. It’s reached a boiling point in the build-up to WrestleMania, what with Rousey’s husband — UFC heavyweight Travis Browne — being inserted into the storyline as Rousey has turned into a full-on heel champ.
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Rousey made her in-ring debut at least year’s WrestleMania as a face, when she took part in a mixed tag-team match with Kurt Angle as her partner against Stephanie McMahon and Triple H. Five months later in August, Rousey won the Raw women’s title at SummerSlam and has held the title ever since.
Rousey, 32, was named the first UFC women’s champion after Zuffa purchased Strikeforce. Rousey and Liz Carmouche made history in February 2013 at UFC 157 as the first women’s bout inside the octagon. Rousey won by first-round armbar submission to kick off a streak of six consecutive title defenses as she quickly became a household name. In her final two UFC bouts in November 2015 and December 2016, Rousey was knocked out by Holly Holm and Amanda Nunes, respectively.
Rousey last year was inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame.