Raw dominated cable once again, but the viewership jump is even more remarkable considering the numbers from the post-WrestleMania 33 show.
In January, ESPN confirmed that Rousey had signed on with WWE to perform with the company as a full-time wrestler. Do you think that she exceeded expectations with her performance on The Grandest Stage Of Them All?
First held in New York's Madison Square Garden in 1985, the event has grown to become immensely popular and throughout its history featured many famous faces outside the world of wrestling. Many wrestling critics and aficionados believed she was done in the ring. We knew this going in.
Rousey said after winning the tag-team match in front of 78,133 fans at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans she was absolutely ecstatic by the atmosphere. His return after becoming UFC heavyweight champion led to a box office boost. "He was very much the person who takes care of everyone". Incredible first match Really really enjoyed that! She fell to Charlotte in their hotly anticipated WWE SmackDown Women's Championship match, falling to the Figure Eight Leg Lock, showing that she was truly ready for The Empress. The WWE's women's division was already in the midst of a revolution and that movement just got a whole lot rowdier.
Needless to say, there are things that have to be sorted out, and they will certainly be so with a bit of gusto to stay true to RAW after WrestleMania form. The first women's Royal Rumble, the first time women have headlined a pay-per-view, the first women's Elimination Chamber. She is a badass willing and capable of fighting men and women - and rather well at that.
But in a way, both events were set up long in advance as the demands of white-hot superstardom and the responsibilities of headlining and keeping the UFC in the headlines began to crack each of their seemingly invincible veneers. He sat ringside at WrestleMania to cheer her on. What else were the reports out of Florida from WWE officials going to be?
The main event closed out the show with Brock Lesnar defending the Universal Championship against Roman Reigns and there's only one word to sum up this match, and that word is terrible.
Rumors are swirling that WWE could be planning a Rousey vs. Flair match for "WrestleMania" next year. That's not to say she won't be covered by media outlets as she continues to wrestle, but wrestling peaks with WrestleMania every year.
Lesnar's victory comes amid speculation that he will be leaving WWE to return to mixed martial arts in the UFC. Rousey simply enhanced the product this year.