Ronda Rousey will be at WrestleMania 34 in New Orleans on April 8, as she indicated by pointing to the sign hanging in the rafters of the Wells Fargo Center on Sunday night at the conclusion of the Royal Rumble pay-per-view.
Rousey’s exact involvement in the WWE’s biggest show of the year, though, remains a source of some conjecture.
WWE storylines can change on the fly, which makes predicting Rousey’s WrestleMania role tricky. Cageside Seats quoted “early rumors” on Monday morning which claimed Rousey was in line to face Charlotte Flair for the SmackDown Women’s Championship. Rousey emerged following the women’s Royal Rumble match on Sunday to confront Flair and Alexa Bliss, the two women’s champions, and the winner of the inaugural women’s Rumble Asuka.
“I think that’s a pretty big fat hint that I’m going to be at WrestleMania, yeah”, Rousey told WWE.com when asked what her gesture to the sign indicated. But her involvement may not be in a title match. While Asuka’s win put her first in line to face either Flair or Bliss—the 36-year-old has yet to decide which champion she will take on—the plan for Rousey is a “dream match” teaming with The Rock against Triple H and Stephanie McMahon, according to the Wrestling Observer newsletter.
That was a contest set up at WrestleMania 31, when Rousey was involved in a confrontation with the WWE Executive Vice President of Talent (real name Paul Levesque) and his wife, the WWE’s Chief Brand Officer and on-screen Commissioner of Monday Night Raw.
There are many directions the WWE can take with Rousey, though. Forbes suggested that Rousey should take on Asuka at WrestleMania, pitting the former UFC star against the most dominant female superstar in WWE in 2018. That would require some creative booking, however—perhaps with Asuka or Rousey winning one of the Women’s Championships before WrestleMania.
We will find out a lot more about the WWE’s plans for Rousey on Monday Night Raw tonight.