Raw General Manager Kurt Angle announced the signing of Ronda Rousey for the Elimination Chamber pay-per-view (PPV) in Paradise, Nevada on Feb. 25. And he got the spotlight for a second before Stephanie McMahon and Triple H came out during that segment in T-Mobile Arena.
Haitch actually tipped his cap to Kurt while hyping his big acquisition, saying Ronda was the baddest woman on the planet, and the biggest star to join WWE since Angle. Then it was time for Rowdy to hit the stage.
She came out to a familiar tune - Joan Jett’s “Bad Reputation”. Chants led to Steph quickly handed her the microphone. And that was... weird.
Rousey was obviously moved, and smiled and responded with tears when the chants continued and she brought up her mentor “Rowdy” Roddy Piper. Triple H cut to the chase, seguing to a contract signing that guaranteed her a match (but not a championship one) at WrestleMania. The Game also emphasized that Ronda didn’t want any perks in her contract; Rousey said she wanted to be treated just like everyone else.
While Ronda went to sign, however, Angle was obviously upset. When he shared some tense words with Haitch, Rousey asked Kurt what was going on. The GM revealed Steph and Hunter had been talking about Rowdy since she embarrassed them at WrestleMania 31.
Trips played it off as Angle suffering the effects of the flu, but he drove the point home after McMahon tried to spin things back in their favor, claiming Steph called Ronda a “has been” that even she could take.
That led to nose-to-nose confrontations between both members of The Authority and their big signee. And it led to Triple H being tossed through a table, and Steph slapping Ronda Rousey.
Rowdy stared a hole through her with a great, slow turn of her head, and the commish rolled as Rousey angrily signed her deal and threw it on Trips.
It looks like we’re headed to the mixed tag that’s been rumored. And as long as they let Ronda play a silent bad ass and don’t try to have her give emotional promos, that could be really cool - no matter who they get to be her partner.
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