In the latest edition of The Taz Show, former ECW and WWE star Taz spoke about Ronda Rousey’s decision to take some time away from WWE, and have some interesting thoughts on the matter.
Ronda Rousey’s debut match came at WrestleMania 34, teaming with Kurt Angle to take on Triple H and Stephanie McMahon. One year later, she would headline WrestleMania with Becky Lynch and Charlotte Flair. The match was significant in the fact that it was not only the first time women main evented WWE’s biggest event of the year, but also the first time that Rousey had been pinned in her first year in the company.
Rousey has not been seen on WWE TV since, and she is taking some time away from the ring to start a family. On that matter, Taz has said that her decision to leave after just one year is “insulting” to the other female talent:
“I gotta tell ya. It’s a little tough to swallow, because, look, she’s entitled to do whatever she wants, I understand that. But she’s been in the game for a year, and she’s got pushed to the moon, and skyrocketed because of her credibility and her legitimacy over the years in the MMA game and now is a UFC Hall of Famer and all these other great accolades she has. And she’s earned every one of them, I’m not knocking her for that. But to take a break from the business after a year is a little tough for a lot of the lifers in the game, and people who follow that business and respect the business.”
Taz also spoke about how he felt regarding ‘celebrities’ coming into the wrestling business:
“It’s insulting to the people that this is their lifestyle. Being a professional wrestler, no matter if you’re in the WWE or anywhere else, is your life. It’s not a job. I never looked at all my years in the ring or even segueing into broadcasting, I never looked at that as a job. I looked at it as a career, but it’s part of my life, it just encompassed my job. It wasn’t a 9 to 5 gig.”
The former WWE star would also take issue with the idea held by some that the ‘Women’s Evolution’ started with Rousey:
“The revolution for women’s wrestling didn’t start with Ronda Rousey. It started way before that… Ronda Rousey definitely helped bring some casual fan awareness because of her star power as an MMA or UFC fighter, I get all that, and I think that’s cool. That was great, but, the women’s revolution for pro wrestling it started way before Ronda Rousey.”
Although Taz does acknowledge that Rousey certainly helped WWE, he actually believes WWE actually did more for Rousey than she did for the company. He would even go on to add that WWE won’t miss Rousey.
“WWE did just as much for her, if not [more], and the girls she worked with, to get her over, and to give her that platform”.
Thanks to WrestlingInc. for the transcription.
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