WWE and MMA star, Ronda Rousey had some not-so-nice words for WWE fans in a recent interview.
Ronda Rousey is a controversial figure across both professional wrestling and MMA, but that doesn’t stop her from saying exactly how she’s feeling at all times.
Professional wrestling is an industry in which the word passionate isn’t strong enough to describe the fanbase. Often, wrestlers across the world thank fans for their support, but often show frustration with some of the responses they receive. Rousey, a former UFC and WWE champion, joined the ranks of those who have expressed anger at fans and did so in a resounding statement this week.
Rousey, who has not been on WWE television since WrestleMania 35, took to the Steve-O podcast “Wilde Ride!” to discuss the latest updates on her life. During that conversation, the talk headed to professional wrestling and whether she will return to the WWE. In doing so she had a strong statement that will certainly be meet with criticism.
“I love the WWE. I had such a great time. I love all the girls in the locker room,” Rousey said. “But I was doing basically part-time and I was away from home 200 days out of the year. And when I did get home, I was so sleep deprived cause you just don’t have time to lay down.”
It’s understandable that a star of Rousey’s magnitude would use her leverage to develop a part-time schedule to manage a potential return to the ring. Names such as Brock Lesnar and John Cena enjoy similar situations today, but their lack of an overabundance of time on TV makes them more compelling when they are around. Rousey and her opponents would potentially benefit from a similar deal. However, the issues with Rousey’s comments will come when analyzing what she said about fans.
“So it’s just like … what am I doing it for if I’m not being able to spend my time and energy on my family, but instead spending my time and my energy on a bunch of [expletive] ungrateful fans that don’t even appreciate me?” Rousey said. “I love performing. I love the girls. I love being out there … but, at the end of the day, I was just like, ‘F*ck these fans, dude.’”
Comments such as those helped Rousey become such a polarizing figure while in the WWE. Yes, she was set up to be a massive babyface in the organization, but fans began to resent her push over the likes of Becky Lynch and others. One of the things that made Rousey such a believable star is that it was clear she doesn’t care what people think of her. She carried that same presence when she was the biggest star in MMA. But to blatantly speak of the fans in this fashion doesn’t help endear her to the same group that will spend money or tune in to watch her perform.
There’s a fine line to walk in a wrestling interview between keeping things real and when they become an act. Rousey’s realness made her one of the most intriguing names to jump to the industry, but these comments will not leave her in the best perception.