WWE news, rumors: Ronda Rousey visits PC ahead of Elimination Chamber appearance

We're now just two days away from the Raw-exclusive WWE Elimination Chamber event, one of the final stops on the Road to WrestleMania. With so much excitement always surrounding WrestleMania season, the pro wrestling news and rumors are consistently making rounds on the internet, and we here at CBS Sports aim to keep you updated on some of those big headlines on a daily basis. 

Let's have a look at the news and rumors for Friday, Feb. 23, beginning with an update on a certain former UFC champion making her first advertised appearance for WWE this Sunday. 

Ronda Rousey ready for her new full-time career

Former UFC women's bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey sent shockwaves through the sports world last month when she made a surprise appearance at the end of the Royal Rumble in Philadelphia. However, she has not been on WWE television since that stunning debut because she's been filming a movie in Colombia. She made the secret trip from South America to Philly to show everyone she has arrived to pro wrestling, but immediately went back to filming after that. 

According to a report from PW Insider, her movie obligations down in Colombia have concluded, and earlier this week she made her way to Orlando where she checked into the WWE Performance Center to prepare for her upcoming full-time in-ring career. The report also notes that Rousey was in Stamford, Connecticut, on Wednesday as well, paying a visit to the company's headquarters. 

Rousey is set to make an appearance this Sunday at Elimination Chamber inside the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas -- the site of her final UFC fight -- where she will (kayfabe) sign her contract making her a member of the Raw brand. You should also assume we'll get some sort of indication where plans for her are headed in regards to a WrestleMania match in New Orleans.

More WWE news, rumors

  • In news that may shock some fans, apparently the historical two-hour gauntlet match on Raw this past Monday that had the internet buzzing was the brainchild of none other than Vince McMahon. In another report from PW Insider, McMahon shocked even those that work with him when he made the call for that type of match to take place on television. So if you're a little stunned to learn of this revelation, don't worry because you're not alone as Raw employees backstage were also a little perplexed at the decision, apparently. Nonetheless, we're all sure glad the decision was made. And Seth Rollins, given the praise he has received for his 65-minute performance since, is probably over the moon. 
  • With Brock Lesnar's WWE contract nearing its end, of course speculation has been surfacing regarding a potential return to the UFC at some point for one final heavyweight run. While there are some hoops to jump through due to his failed drug test at UFC 220 and the possibility he could sign another deal with WWE, TMZ cameras caught up with his advocate, Paul Heyman, to ask about the future of the "Beast Incarnate." Heyman reminded everyone that Brock does what Brock wants to do, but also noted Brock's time away from the Octagon has made him healthy enough for potentially one more shot in the UFC. 
  • The Wrestling Observer Newsletter (subscription required) revealed that it looks like the September "All In" show being presented by Bullet Club members Cody and The Young Bucks may indeed take place in Chicago as many had predicted. Should this be the case, everyone can start their CM Punk rumors immediately. 
  • NXT general manager William Regal announced on Wednesday's show that 2018 will see the return of the Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic. What's more, the winning team of the tournament will receive a shot at the NXT tag team championship -- held by the Undisputed Era's Bobby Fish and Kyle O'Reilly -- at NXT TakeOver: New Orleans during WrestleMania weekend. On Friday, WWE released the bracket for this year's Dusty Classic, and you can view it below. 

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