Ronda Rousey made a big splash when she transitioned from the world of MMA to professional wrestling. The former UFC champion knows her way around the Octagon. Despite having a few years in the wrestling game, Ronda is humble enough to admit that she needs some help from the veterans of WWE.
In MMA, fighters rarely show emotion during a match. A legitimate fight requires a great deal of concentration, and the action is nonstop. One slip-up can result in disaster. Ronda says that pro wrestling is the complete opposite of that.
The Baddest Woman on the Planet recently appeared on the Wives of Wrestling podcast. Rousey discussed what it’s like to get through a match when she has significantly less experience than her opponent. Ronda is perfectly fine to lean on their in-ring prowess to make the match look great.
“Remembering it is hard. I’m not a seasoned veteran or anything. This past Mania, I was like, ‘I don’t have this down at all.’ We’re about to go out there and I’m like, ‘Uhhh, I don’t know all this match yet.’ All the parts where I wasn’t sure what was next was a part where I could get a cue from someone else. I’m very much dependent on who I’m in there with to make the match itself and guide me when I’m out there. I’m a smoke and mirrors bitch. I’ve only had a year and a half of experience and people forget that a lot.
I’ll get thrown in these situations where I need to get reps in and need to know what this is. Whoever my opponent is, I also get to hand it to them and be like, ‘I’m not going to argue with you, you make the match of your dreams, what do you want it to be? Let’s do it.’ It’s been really cool, whoever I get to work with to see what kind of match is their dream match in that situation. Sasha (Banks), I got to go up to New York and meet one of the guys who really helped her put her stuff together and see how she did that and put our match at Royal Rumble together, which was different than when I fought Nia (Jax) and she came up to Browsey Acres and we put a bunch of ideas together. It’s really cool learning from every opponent that I have, the different ways they put matches together and the different things they go for and different styles and how I’m able to fit in what their idea is.”
Ronda Rousey is set to challenge Charlotte Flair for the SmackDown Women’s Championship at WWE WrestleMania Backlash in an I Quit match. That show takes place on Sunday, May 8, 2022. Fans can check out Rousey’s title match live on Peacock.
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