Ronda Rousey already made her opinion clear when it came to pro wrestling fans, but now she’s taking aim at the performers as well.
Last week, the former UFC women’s bantamweight champion ripped World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) fans when she explained why she’d never return to the promotion on a full-time basis.
Calling them “ungrateful” for the way she was treated during her WWE stint, Rousey also chopped at the promotion’s central gimmick by saying she enjoyed “having fake fights for fun.”
That didn’t go over very well with a few of the WWE’s biggest performers who’d shared the stage with Rousey during her brief time in the ring. She scoffed at those upset about having their jobs called “fake fights.” Compared to what she used to do in the octagon, they were far from real.
“Anyone who is outraged by me calling pro wrestling ‘fake fights for fun’ has never been in a real fight,” Rousey said on Instagram. “While you all are tip-toeing around bruising some pro wrestlers’ huge soft egos — no one is thinking about all the real fighters you’re insulting when pretending pro wrestling is somehow on the level of realism.
“Yes, I understand, wrestling 300 days a year for years on end is incredibly tough on the body and a difficult profession — but do you know what would happen if you got in 300 REAL fights a year? You would be dead.”
Rousey definitely understands MMA and wrestling. At one point, she was widely considered one of the best pound-for-pound fighters on the planet in the UFC. Then she made her move to pro wrestling and was an instant star.
During her time with WWE, Rousey used her skills a former UFC champion in the ring, employing the same moves she once did in the octagon. Obviously, she wasn’t trying to hurt any of her fellow performers like she did when she was fighting, which is why she called WWE “live theater” when speaking about her time with the organization.
Since her WWE departure, a Rousey comeback has been rumored. Her latest comments could help build an eventual return to the ring. But then again, she may just not care any longer whether she offends her former employer, considering she hasn’t wrestled in over a year and there’s no clear cut sign she’ll ever return.