Backstage News on Ronda Rousey at Royal Rumble & Who Knew She Was There

— According to, Ronda Rousey’s appearance last night at the Royal Rumble was genuinely a shock to the majority of talent and officials backstage. She was not listed on any of the pre-show production sheets so unless you were a high-ranking production official like Vince McMahon or Kevin Dunn, you would have no idea Rousey’s appearance was planned.

— Rousey reportedly was only seen in the arena about 10 seconds before she went out, giving pretty much no one the chance to leak the news as WWE went to great lengths to hide her.

— The report adds that Rousey was never booked for the Royal Rumble match, at least as a competitor as WWE wants to save her first match for WrestleMania in April. As noted before, the likely scenario has her in a mixed tag team match against Triple H and Stephanie McMahon, though there are also rumors it could be in a one-on-one match against Charlotte – though neither option is set in stone. More will be revealed over the coming weeks.

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