WWE's apparent reasoning for going with Ronda Rousey v Sasha Banks at Royal Rumble

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We are less than three weeks away from the 2019 edition of the Royal Rumble, which means it's almost a year ago that Ronda Rousey made her first appearance in a WWE ring.

The UFC Hall of Famer showed up to steal Asuka's limelight after she won the first-ever Women's Royal Rumble match, in which she went face-to-face with the Empress, Alexa Bliss and Charlotte Flair.

Since then, she's done nothing but impress people inside the ring, and took only four months after her debut to win the Raw Women's title at SummerSlam, holding it ever since.

Challengers have come and gone since then; Bliss, Nia Jax, Natalya, and Rousey sat down on the stage with Bliss for her new 'talk show' for the first Raw of 2019.

It was in this segment that Rousey's match for the Royal Rumble pay-per-view was set up, as Rousey stated that she wanted to face none-other than Sasha Banks, but was confronted Jax, who was defeated by Ronda at the last special event, TLC.

Banks and Jax went at it in a number one contenders match, and the Boss prevailed, meaning we will see probably the most exciting women's matchup on Raw that's still yet to happen.

There's every reason to believe Rousey pushed for this match to happen, as she said in November that she would one day love to work with Banks as she's been a fan of her for a while - but it wasn't the original match the company had in mind for the 'baddest woman on the planet.

Ronda Rousey's original Royal Rumble plans did not involve Sasha Banks.

Per Cageside Seats, Dave Meltzer stated on the Wrestling Observer Radio show that the reason that Rousey is taking on Banks is that the WWE clearly want to preserve one of the two real money matches between Rousey and Flair - which was the initial plan for the Rumble.

Furthermore, Meltzer continued to say that the company are definitely considering the idea of a triple threat between Rousey, Flair and Lynch at WrestleMania 35 at the MetLife Stadium, which would mean Rousey will probably retain her belt, but then there would need to be a way to get both SmackDown women to Raw to continue their long-running feud with Ronda.

Sasha Banks defeated Nia Jax on Raw to earn the right to face Ronda Rousey at the Royal Rumble.

This is a positive move for many as not only will we get an epic three-way match at Mania, which could easily be the final bout on the card, we also get to see Rousey and Banks go at it for the very first time, in what is likely to be a hard-hitting contest.

Only time will tell if the triple threat come to fruition in the end, but either that or Rousey v Lynch is what the WWE Universe is dreaming of infront of more than 80,000 in New York on April 7.

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