Ronda Rousey made her Ring Of Honor debut, in Tony Khan's company to team up with her best friend Marina Shafir to counter Athena and Billie Starkz. The two couples who had already met a few days earlier at a Wrestling REVOLVER show, in which Athena had hit Rowusey with her ROH champion belt, triggering the disqualification, thus leaving a score unfinished.
Dave Meltzer's opinion on the issue
Dave Meltzer in his Wrestling Observer Newsletter, transcribed by WrestleTalk, explained the situation. "Ronda Rousey appeared on the AEW show in Los Angeles, but I wouldn't consider her a live free agent since she's not looking to get back to wrestling regularly right now and her doing the ROH show was just basically a favor for alleviate a complex political problem and help her friend Marina Shafir.
It had nothing to do with the current interest in signing a deal in pro wrestling and we know from those very close to the situation, in no way did this make a her return within two years with the possibility that AEW could be her choice." During the post-Ring Of Honor press conference, Tony Khan clarified Rowdy's situation with his company: "She didn't sign, but we had a great conversation.
It happened because there was something unfinished. They had that match, and I thought it would be cool for our fans to see her work things out in the ring. In Wrestling REVOLVER they had the match, and I talked to them and thought it would be cool to have a match and build some interest, having the story in Ring of Honor where Athena is the Ring Of Honor champion, Billie Starkz is his minion...
there's a lot of interest in that. I thought it would be cool to see that tag team against two of the Horsewomen, Marina and Ronda Rousey. Ronda was happy to come here, she was great, the audience was really excited to see her, and it was a great meeting.
We would love to have her back here some time, it's been really fun, the of her being of her here out of her. She's from around here in Los Angeles and she lives nearby and that helped make it possible. Whenever it's convenient, we'd love to have it again."