Ronda Rousey
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Ronda Rousey had a lackluster second run in the WWE since coming back to the company by winning the 2022 Women’s Royal Rumble Match. Rather, her departure from the wrestling world was discussed more following the SummerSlam loss that came against Shayna Baszler. The initially supposed break from professional wrestling turned out to be a permanent hiatus.

As her memoir came out around Wrestlemania 40, Ronda Rousey started garnering attention by revealing several unexpected truths about her time in WWE, particularly regarding Bruce Prichard and John Laurinaitis. Vince McMahon was also blasted for having his agenda for running things in WWE rather than delivering quality content on WWE programming.

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Speaking of quality, Ronda Rousey was frustrated with her dull babyface run in 2022 and she requested a heel turn which was rejected. As noted in her autobiography, her persistent efforts to convince WWE for a villainous turn were revealed. Despite her repeated requests, WWE denied her the opportunity just because they thought that the timing wasn’t right and her character needed more development.

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Ronda Rousey was frustrated with WWE’s creative plans in 2022

Ronda Rousey further expressed frustration with WWE’s approach where the overly scripted narrative bored her. Overall, she was disappointed with how WWE failed to deliver on its promises and completely misused her TV character during the 2022 stint.

“It just wasn’t yet time, I was told. We had to build up to it further, the producers said. We needed to better develop the characters. They talked about it as if they were writing scripts for serious actors who wanted to know ‘what is my motivation for this scene?’ and not people who were smashing each other through tables,” Ronda Rousey blasted WWE’s creative process.

”I went out every week, night after night, and I sold falls, hits, and cheap shots like a f***ing champ for WWE. But the fans hated it. The novelty of my arrival had worn off for everyone – including me – the story that WWE prides itself so much on telling was going nowhere. As months passed, I started to feel like WWE had sold me a bunch of bull**t.”

WWE finally approved the heel turn for Ronda Rousey in October 2022 as she feuded with Liv Morgan. Following this transformation, she formed a formidable alliance with Shayna Baszler to win the women’s tag team titles. Then at Money in the Bank 2023, the two started a feud culminating in a match at Summerslam of that year to sum up her WWE stint.

Arindam Pal

A WWE writer passionate about the sports.