RONDA ROUSEY returns to WWE to win the Women’s Royal Rumble.
The UFC legend, 34, knocked out champion Charlotte Flair to book her ticket to WrestleMania’s main event nearly three years after she last competed in the ring.
Sasha Banks got the crowd up when she was knocked out at No1 and she started the match against returning legend Melina, who drew at No2 – but the comeback didn’t last long.
After Banks eliminated Melina, Tamina then entered the ring against former champion Divas Kelly Kelly made a big splash with another comeback.
The smile was quickly wiped from her face by the powerful Tamina and she was sent the package by Banks seconds later.
Queen Zelina lunged at Rumble as the others continued to fight each other and she gave her a scalp boil within seconds.
Tamina lifts Banks over the top rope, but just as the Boss thinks she’s recovered, Zelina takes the opportunity to kick Banks off her apron and leave the match.
The big names kept coming as last year’s Rumble winner Bianca Belair entered the fray with 24/7 champion Dana Brooke in ninth place – and she was soon saved by her pal Reggie him, who caught her and threw her back into the ring.
But there was nothing he could do to stop Michelle McCool, The Undertaker’s wife, from getting rid of Brooke when she returned.
Sonya DeVille is only 11 years old but has opted to join the commentary group rather than climb into the squared circle.
Then veteran Natalya enters and she quickly exits Tamina.
Former Funkadactyl Cameron was unexpectedly joined at the age of 13, but DeVille stealthily attacked her and threw her out.
Naomi, Cameron’s best friend who has had major problems with Deville in recent months, appeared next and went straight to her opponent and shoved her out after a scuffle.
Carmella was 15 when we got to the halfway point of the game and Rhea Ripley followed.
The Powerhouse wasted no time in eliminating tag team champions Carmella and Zelina but things started to heat up when SmackDown Women’s Champion Charlotte Flair showed up.
Aliyah is quickly thrown out by the Queen as well as Naomi – albeit with Deville’s help from the outside.
Another face from the past returned next when Ivory – dressed in Right To Censor – stepped out and started forming the women’s league.
Ripley wasn’t pleased with that as she smacked the veteran and immediately removed her.
Returns kept coming and Brie Bella herself received a standing ovation as she neared her retirement for Rumble.
History was made in 20th place when Mickie James and her Impact championship came in.
And she soon resumed her feud with her old rival McCool and got rid of her.
Alicia Fox appeared next and then Nikki ASH followed suit – but she surprised her former teammate Ripley from behind and tried to get rid of her.
Unfortunately, she failed and was soon restricted from going outside to avoid refunds while Summer Rae joined the mix.
She goes straight to Natalya – but she will regret the veteran who threw her out.
Then the crowd erupted when Brie’s twin sister Nikki retired to win the Rumble.
They got rid of Fox before Sarah Logan returned on her own – but it was an obvious outlet for her courtesy to the Bellas and Morgan soon after.
The legendary Lita then rocked the position when she arrived at the age of 26 to knock James out before facing Flair.
Mighty Molly Holly is greeted harshly by fellow superhero who wants to be named Nikki ASH and is attacked and eliminated by the Scots.
Then the Ugliest Woman on the Planet returned as the mob erupted.
The former Raw and UFC champion was dropped from ASH when Brie threw her sister Nikki out before Rowdy hit and eliminated her.
Shotzi Blackheart came in next before Shayna Baszler came out at No30 with his ex quickly knocked out by Rousey.
Natalya is then thrown out like a big boot by Belair as Flair ends Lita’s night and Ripley suffers the same fate moments later.
The Queen then eliminated Belair and Baszler – leaving the final two Flair and Rousey – but Rowdy would be the one to shoot the champion over the wire to get her tickets to WrestleMania.
The UFC legend caused a stir around the world when she swapped an octagon for a squared circle in January 2018.
She last appeared in the historic main event of WrestleMania 35 against Becky Lynch and Charlotte Flair in 2019, a match for which she was pinned for the belt by ‘The Man’.
Rowdy later said she was taking her time out wrestling to start a family with husband Travis Browne.
Before, Rousey suggested that a back to the field can be on the card when she opened the door for working alongside current Monday Night Raw star Rhea Ripley.
Now she’s gearing up for another major title fight at Mania after her epic comeback win and possibly facing old nemesis Lynch.
The man kept his Raw Female Title by defeating Doudrop after a tagline with Scot.
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