Back in the 1990s, Stone Cold Steve Austin made his name during a string of encounters with his WWE boss at the time, Vince McMahon.
Two decades on and it’s Ronda Rousey who appears to have taken up Austin’s mantle after laying the smack down on her new employer, Triple H, during a memorable contract signing in Las Vegas.
Rousey arrived in the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, ahead of the Elimination Chamber main event, to officially sign a contract with the organisation. Flanked by WWE legends Triple H, Kurt Angle and Stephanie McMahon, the former UFC favourite enjoyed quite the reception.
Christened “Rowdy” the “baddest woman on the planet” the MMA star was given a standing ovation with fans chanting her name for a solid minute.
Taking to the microphone, Rousey expressed her gratitude to WWE to letting her fulfil her dream and paid tribute to the late Rowdy Roddy Piper, who inspired her to make the move into wrestling.
Everything appeared to be going swimmingly as Rousey prepared to sign the contract. That was, until Angle interjected to warn Rousey that Triple H and Stephanie were trying to humiliate her and get revenge for a previous encounter.
Angle claimed that the pair labelled her a “b***h” and “has-been” behind her back. That was enough. Rousey made a bee-line for Stephanie and swift justice.
She soon found Triple H blocking her patch but it didn’t make much difference – Rousey duly dispatched the 48-year-old wrestling legend, picking him up and judo-tossing him through a nearby table.
Though Stephanie was able to slap Rousey before making an escape, the night belonged to WWE’s new recruit who duly signed the contract, tossed it over to the stunned and sprawling Triple H and made her escape.
Rousey is now set for a match at Wrestlemania. On the basis of this brief cameo, it should be an event to remember.
A huge signing for the women’s division, Rousey’s arrival could signal the beginning of a shift change between the sexes in wrestling. This is where it begins.
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