Former WWE Raw Women’s Champion and UFC Bantamweight Champion sat down with UFC reporter Megan Olivi recently and discussed her time with WWE tot his point. While her future with the company appears up in the air right now, she gave some insight into how different her WWE experience was from her UFC and fighting experience in general.
Of note, Rousey did have a cast on her right hand which all but confirms that she did indeed suffer a broken hand as was reported following WrestleMania 25.
When asked about the challenges that were posed when going to the predetermined world of WWE as opposed to UFC, a jump that could be considered even more physical despite the fact that UFC features legitimate fights, Ronda would go into detail on why WWE was so much different and strenuous.
“It’s physical in a different way. The stress is much more. I can get in a random fight and I will beat them up but the training, the press, thinking about is the real wear and tear. I can give myself a month after a fight to recover and with WWE it’s a nonstop grind. Everyone else does it all year round and their minds get no rest.
The only thing that compares to the mental strain in MMA is the Olympics. That’s the one highest because you train your whole life and you have one day for all of your training and all of your hard work to pay off or it was all for nothing. You can get another fight in a couple months.”
When asked about WrestleMania, Ronda would detail her match against Stephania McMahon and Triple H as being so important to her debut before she could go into any other storylines.
“When I first came I was planning on doing it a couple months but my one request when we first started is that I wanted to finish my storyline with Stephanie. I love Stephanie and all of the girls so much but I had to keep it a secret that I hated them. Triple H showed me how to lace up my boots. It was so fun for me. It felt big to headline WrestleMania.
Me and Liz Carmouche felt bigger though. Everything felt like it had to happen that way or women’s MMA would have ended before it started.”
Ronda was part of two high-profile WrestleMania matches during her time with the company and another high-profile moment alongside The Rock before she ever even signed with WWE. To say that she had anything but a successful run would be a disservice to what she accomplished as a rookie in the industry.
Ronda would also mention the excitement that would ensue for her Main Event at WrestleMania.
“I enjoy wrestling so much more, being maxed out on so much pressure. At WrestleMania it was the highest moment for Becky and Charlotte and I was just like, I love WrestleMania. I was excited to see Joan Jett performing as I am walking down that ramp. She was nodding at me, staring at me, playing Bad Reputation.”
The full interview can be found here. Rousey would finish the interview by saying she’s excited for what’s next and not being pigeon-holed into one thing, be it as a fighter, a wrestler or whatever else she’s excelled in throughout her life.