The WWE Royal Rumble takes place on Saturday 28 January but Ronda Rousey won’t be a participant in the over the top rope women’s match.
In the current issue of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter (subscription required), Dave Meltzer has explained the reasoning behind the decision, saying:
“Ronda Rousey will not be in the Rumble (or at least that was the decision as of midweek) because of the feeling that they didn’t want to marginalize her star power by being just someone in the match since she wasn’t going to win it or be the focal point.”
Rousey won the 2022 women’s Royal Rumble match, going on to challenge Charlotte Flair for the WWE SmackDown Women’s Championship.
At WrestleMania 38, Flair would defeat Rousey, retaining the championship and breaking Rousey’s undefeated singles streak.
It would also mark only the second loss in Rousey’s WWE career.
At WWE Extreme Rules in October 2022, Rousey defeated Liv Morgan to become a two-time WWE SmackDown Women’s Champion.
She would hold the title for 83 days before being defeated by a returning Charlotte Flair in under a minute on the December 30 episode of WWE SmackDown.
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