Ronda Rousey, Stephanie McMahon sound off at WrestleMania
With a lead of WrestleManie 34, WWE star Ronda Rousey, Stephanie McMahon, John Cena and Triple H reveal why WrestleMania is considered to be one of the most important evenings of entertainment during the year.
NEW YORK – UFC-superstar-turned-pop-culture-icon Ronda Rousey made waves when she signed a full time deal with the WWE, and the 31-year-old knows all eyes are on her as she transitions into her role in the WWE.
Rousey, the first WrestleMania is fast approaching on April 8, and she’s not sure how she will feel when she walks in the ring.
“I guess I can’t really say [how I feel] I’m walking out. Up to now it is just a guess, how are you going to guess about something like that… You should get out there and feel like giggling and pissing your pants the same time who knows,” she told Fox News in a WWE press event on Friday.
Rousey lost the last two fights of her mixed martial arts career — to Holly Holm in 2015 and Amanda Nunes in 2016. As her UFC career seemed to wind down, many speculated that she would go over to the WWE.
But that does not mean that they are some other famous athletes have to follow in her footsteps.
“I’m happy to open the door to people who are true fans and have a real passion for this company, but I don’t think this is an opportunity for the people who just for the money,” she cautioned. “I really hope to inspire people to be life-long fans and that will eventually bring them here.”
Rousey is widely credited with bringing women’s mixed martial arts to the mainstream. She soon became a superstar in the sport, winning five of her first six fights in the UFC in the first round. She was UFC’s first female bantamweight champion.
The star has an appreciation for the way the WWE has shifted to the promotion of female talent. The organization ditched the term “WWE Diva” in favor of “WWE Superstar” in 2016.
“I always say sports are a metaphor for life and I believe that the WWE is the social commentary for the world,” she thought. “What happens in the WWE Universe reflects on what happens in the world around him. That is the reason why the events that happen to resonate with our fans, and why I feel that what happens in the WWE has such a far reach and impact on society and I would like to effect real social change. This is one of the most effective places to start.”