“I had to come back as heel!”
Ronda Rousey didn’t expect people to be happy with her 2022 Women’s Royal Rumble win. The WWE SmackDown Women’s Champion recently spoke with former UFC Heavyweight Champion Daniel Cormier At “DC Check-in” And that the overwhelmingly positive response he received from the St. Louis, MO crowd completely backfired on him and WWE’s plans for his return.
“Vince was like, ‘Okay, they pop for his real biggie so he’s a babyface now,'” Rousey continued. The former UFC Women’s Bantamweight Champion stated that she was looking forward to participating in the following WWE “Raw”, but was told, “‘No, no, no, no, you need to smile, you need to stop being a B. Must do. —H,'” Much to Rousey’s concern.
Rousey said, “I like to be b—h.” “This is my outlet for bitches. And they’re like, ‘Yeah, you gotta hold back a little.'” Rousey won the WWE SmackDown Women’s Championship on May 8, defeating Charlotte Flair in an “I Quit” match at WrestleMania Backlash . This is the former WWE Raw Women’s Champion reigning first with the title.
Prior to the Rumble, Rousey hadn’t wrestled for WWE since April of 2019 and says she was so focused on her return and potential negative backlash, that a lot of Royal Rumble matches came from the back of a duck. ran away like water. “I came out with my guard up,” he said, “and I guess I didn’t get a chance to enjoy the moment because I was being guarded.”
Rousey described restraining the great enthusiasm she received from the crowd, not letting them in. “I guess I really missed out on enjoying that moment because I was expecting the worst in people.”
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