Ronda Rousey Says She Won't Be At Royal Rumble

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Ronda Rousey squashed rumors Wednesday that she will be involved in the first-ever women's match at Sunday's WWE Royal Rumble pay-per-view.

Rousey spoke with TMZ on her way to the airport and said that she was boarding a flight to Columbia and would not return to the states until mid-February, which would take her out of contention as a possible Royal Rumble participant.

"It's amusing because I've seen people say, "Oh Ronda, if she does sign with them, it's taking the place of somebody else that's been trying to do this for years".

UFC president Dana White has said he believes Rousey's MMA career is over and Levesque has only furthered that belief. Huge fan, that's where the "Rowdy" Ronda came from. We're busy, she's busy. "I think she's interested in the opportunity and I'm interested in offering the opportunity, so we have some talking to do".

"She's been training for this, actually, for a long time", he said.

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Footage from the event's taping showed Rousey, Duke and Shafir sitting in the front row interacting with Bayley, Flair and Lynch after Baszler's victory emerged during the tournament, which created speculation that the two groups would eventually work an angle together.

The announcement of the Women's Royal Rumble match increased suspicions that Rousey would be making an in-ring debut in the near future.

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WWE Hall of Famer Jim Ross, who called the Mae Young Classic, told TMZ in August that Rousey's transition to professional wrestling is "inevitable".

Some bookmakers have Rousey the short-priced favourite to win the event but Levesque, executive vice-president of talent, live events and creative for WWE, says Rousey and WWE are yet to sign a deal. If she does this, when that time comes, she likes it to the point where it'll be tough for her not to be all-in. "She will get a lot of money and that's great".

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