Emma is back in WWE following her match against Ronda Rousey on Smackdown and the returning star has commented on what it felt like to be back in WWE.
On the October 28th episode of WWE Friday Night Smackdown, the cocky Smackdown Women’s Champion Ronda Rousey was in the ring talking about the open challenge she issued one week earlier. There were plenty of rumors of who the opponent would be whether it was somebody from Smackdown, Raw or perhaps on NXT. Instead, it was Emma making her WWE return.
The match between Rousey and Emma was a competitive battle that ended when Rousey hit the Piper’s Pit Slam followed by an armbar leading to Emma tapping out. Emma did get a couple of nearfalls in the match, but she wasn’t able to put Rousey away.
Emma was interviewed for a WWE Digital Exclusive on Youtube after her match and talked about what the return meant to her.
“I can’t tell you how good it feels to be back. I waited five years for tonight. Five years to make sure I’m never forgotten again. And now I know exactly what I have to do to be the champion.”
During her first run in WWE, Emma started in the company and was quickly a force on the new NXT brand. During her run as Emma, she became a bit of a comedy figure that was often paired with Santino Marella. She also was supposed to return as Emmalina in 2017, but it never got off the ground for a number of different reasons. Emma was released by WWE in October 2017 and used her real name Tenille Dashwood while wrestling for companies like Impact Wrestling and Ring of Honor.
There was also a comment from Smackdown announcer Michael Cole where he mentioned former WWE superstar Paige (now Saraya in AEW) as a former rival of Emma, which is likely not something the old WWE regime would have done. It’s a sign that things are different now.