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WWE News: Ronda Rousey in New York for NBC's Upfront presentation

566   //    14 May 2018, 21:57 IST

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Ronda Rousey making her WWE debut at WrestleMania 34

What's the story

Ronda Rousey confirmed via her Instagram account that she attended Monday morning's NBC Upfront presentation at the Radio City Music Hall in New York City.

In case you didn't know...

Ronda Rousey didn't appear on Monday Night Raw last week as she was filming footage for Discovery Channel's popular Shark Week.

It is unknown at this time if she hopped on a flight straight to London from New York to appear on Raw tonight.

The heart of the matter

The NBC Upfront presentation is an event where the network unveils its plans for the upcoming fall season to the media.

In addition to Rousey, Stephanie McMahon, Triple H, Charlotte Flair, and Nia Jax were in attendance as you can see from Rousey's Instagram post from Monday morning.

At the #NBCUupfront with @wwe !!

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Also attending for the WWE, but not pictured above were Nikki and Brie Bella. It was just announced last week that Total Divas was renewed for an eighth and ninth season by the E! Network, which is owned by NBC Universal.


Mike Johnson of PWInsider noted that there is a lot of WWE promotional materials at the NBC Upfront event, such as a wrestling ring.

He wonders if the heavy WWE presence is a sign of things to come as the television deal with NBC Universal runs out in September 2019.

What's next?

The WWE travels across the Atlantic Ocean as Monday Night Raw and SmackDown Live take place from the 02 Arena in London, England.

On tonight's edition of Raw, the WWE Intercontinental Champion Seth Rollins issued an open challenge; which was answered by Kevin Owens.

Author's take

Bringing in Ronda to the NBC Upfront event definitely shows that the WWE wants to have today's event covered heavily by the media.

It almost seemed certain that the WWE was moving to FOX, but after Total Divas was renewed for two more seasons, I'm starting to wonder if the partnership with NBC Universal is going to continue now.

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I've been a passionate wrestling fan since I was a Little Stinger watching the NWA at my Grandma's house on Saturday nights in the 1980's. Since the start of 2015, I have hosted a pro wrestling podcast called Lost In The Midcard with my good friend Matt Black where we cover all wrestling promotions. My favorite wrestler of all-time is Ric Flair; while my favorite wrestlers today include Dean Ambrose, Kenny Omega, and Kevin Owens.
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