WWE star Ronda Rousey has revealed why she doesn’t feel she enjoyed her Royal Rumble Match win.
Rousey returned to WWE after nearly three years away to win the Women’s Royal Rumble Match in January 2022.
The current SmackDown Women’s Champion left the company in 2019 as a heel and proceeded to talk trash about the fans in interviews since her departure.
Speaking to Daniel Cormier on The DC Check In, Rousey explained how the fans cheering her changed plans.
“I was supposed to come back as a heel. Vince (McMahon) was like, ‘they popped real big, so she’s a babyface.’ I did a heel interview after and everyone was like, ‘what the hell?’ Next Monday, I’m like, ‘I’m coming in as a heel’ and they’re like, ‘No, you need to smile and you need to stop being a bitch.’ ‘No, I love being a bitch! It’s my outlet for bitchery!’ ‘No, pull it back for a little bit.’ ‘Okay, high fives.’ It’s fine being a babyface.”
When asked if she believed that she might get a reaction like Batista did in 2014, Ronda answered:
“I was expecting that. I was expecting boos. I came out with my guard up and I think I didn’t get to enjoy that moment because I was expecting it because that’s what I got on the way out. When I came out and everyone [cheered], I blocked them out and didn’t let them in and I went in, did my job, and got out. I think I missed out on really enjoying that moment because I was expecting the worst in people. That’s how the WWE Universe gets you.”
Ronda Rousey has been positioned as a babyface since her return and defeated Charlotte Flair in an I Quit Match to win the SmackDown Women’s Championship at WrestleMania Backlash in May.
Rousey will defend her title against Natalya at WWE Money In The Bank this Saturday, July 2.
For the full lineup for this Saturday’s event, click here.
Keep track of Ronda Rousey’s win-loss record since her return (for televised matches) at this link.
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