Tony Khan has provided an update on the Ring Of Honor status of ‘Rowdy’ Ronda Rousey.
Former WWE SmackDown Women’s Champion Rousey made a shock debut during the 17th November taping of HonorClub, joining forces with another of the MMA Four Horsewomen, Marina Shafir, to take on ROH Women’s Champion Athena and Billie Starkz. The match is set to air on HonorClub on November 23.
Speaking during the AEW Full Gear Media Scrum, Ring Of Honor President Khan revealed details behind the appearance and confirmed that Rousey is currently not signed with the company:
“She’s not signed but we had a great conversation. It came about, of course there was some unfinished business. They had that match [at Wrestling Revolver] and I thought it would be great for our fans to [see them] settle it in the ring,”
At the Wrestling Revolver show they had the tag match, and to be honest, I had spoken to them and I thought it would be great to have a match to build some interest and have the story come back to Ring Of Honor.”
Tony Khan Reveals Reason Behind Ronda Rousey ROH Appearance
The 2022 Women’s Royal Rumble winner departed WWE in October after 5 years with the company, with her final bout ending in defeat to Shayna Baszler at SummerSlam on 5th August 2023.
Khan would go on to reveal how Rousey’s surprise appearance came about, revealing that her close proximity to the venue was a key factor in the decision:
“I thought that it would be great to see that tag team against two of the ‘Horsewomen’, that being Marina [Shafir] and Ronda Rousey.
And Ronda was happy to come here. She was great, the crowd was really excited to see her and it was a great match. We’d love to have her back sometime.
It was really fun being out here, she’s a local, she lives nearby and that really helped make it possible. So any time it’s convenient, we’d love to have her back because she was tremendous and it was a great match. If people want to see it, check out ROH.”
H/T: WrestleZone for the above transcription