RAW Women’s Champion Ronda Rousey has been posting YouTube video Q&As over the past few months, answering a number of frequently asked questions about her career and life in and outside the squared circle.
During the latest Q&A- posed as a Christmas video with Rousey and her goats, Rousey addressed her feud with Nia Jax, her beef with Stephanie McMahon and gave an explanation as to why she helped Asuka defeat Becky Lynch and Charlotte Flair in the first-ever women’s TLC match.
The first question Rousey is asked if she thinks McMahon wanted her and Natalya to take on one another during RAW as the two are friends and Rousey and McMahon had the feud that led to her WWE signing to begin with.
“Me and Stephanie both have our history, but I think ultimately we have very similar goals. WWE Evolution was a good moment of mutual respect between us. I think that the eight women gauntlet was a good idea and it gave the women a really prominent role on the card that night. They really got to showcase what they can bring out there. I thought it was a really good decision and I’m not the least surprised that Nattie won. She’s really deserving of a title shot.”
When asked if her feud with Jax is over, Rousey explained that in her eyes, at least, the issues the two had are now resolved and she doesn’t have a problem with Jax. In fact, she thinks Jax is likely taking some time off to heal.
“I haven’t seen Nia since TLC. I know that she had a pretty rough day. [Laughs] I think she’s taking some time to heal. She had a title fight and it didn’t go that well, so she can take the time she wants. I consider the issue resolved. I don’t know if she does. Until she messes with me, I don’t have a problem with her anymore.”
Rousey also went into detail about what makes Jax such a unique opponent. She claims Jax is much stronger than her, though her work in Judo helped her come out on top.
“Nia is a unique opponent in that she’s much stronger than I am. But being that I come from Judo and it’s all about maximum efficiency and all about the minimum effort, neutral welfare, and being able to overcome size disadvantages and to use an opponent’s momentum against them. I think I’d create a really interesting match-up where all of that power that she has I can use against her and to my advantage. I can actually use all the power that she has to make myself capable of doing more things I wouldn’t be able to do with anybody else and that way I feel like Nia is a really great match-up for me. She makes me feel like I’m capable more with her than anybody else. There are certain things I can do with her that I wouldn’t be able to do with anybody else and so it’s always a great opportunity to get in the ring with her regardless of how I personally feel about her.”
Finally, Rousey explained that she has never had any ill-will towards Asuka, and never meant to rub Asuka the wrong way with her debut at the Royal Rumble earlier this year. Rousey goes on to say that Asuka deserved the SmackDown Women’s Championship because she didn’t need to cheat or walk out of a match to capture a Championship.
“I have a lot of respect for Asuka and I’ve always have. I didn’t really want to rain on her parade at the Royal Rumble. I just wanted to come out and congratulate her and bring more eyes to her incredible moment. She didn’t seem too thrilled about that. At TLC, both Charlotte and Becky are a bunch of cheaters, they had it coming to them. I don’t have to explain my actions to anybody. I was completely justified by my actions. Payback is a b—- and Askua deserves to be champion more than either of them. She’s never had to cheat. She never had to walk out of a match because she was losing. She’s just the best and now she’s the champ.”
Do you believe Rousey and Asuka will end up facing off in the squared circle? Which match between Jax and Rousey was your favorite? Let us know your thoughts, opinions, and reactions in those comments down below.
With H/T to Wrestling Inc for the transcription.