Ronda Rousey can cut a very mean promo and she writes a majority of what she has to say on her own. She does have some help putting things together, but those big words are her’s.
While speaking to her YouTube channel recently, Rousey disclosed that she has a motor-speech disorder which she dealt with all the time as a kid. This is something she still struggles with as it causes her to mix up words and mispronounce things like “WrestleMania.”
“Well first of all, I grew up with motor-speech disorder and I mix words sometimes, and I kept accidentally saying MestleWania instead of WrestleMania a bunch of times today… MestleWania, WrestleMania.”
“Yes, I was saying a bunch of words and a lot of times I’ll accidentally switch — because I’ll be thinking about a word to say but already thinking about the next word that I’m gonna say. So then sometimes, I’ll switch the first letter between the word I’m saying and the next word I’m gonna say. But I think that’s one reason why I really enjoy this.”
“I always really enjoyed acting too — I always thought it was really fun but, even when I was young… first grade I was so stoked to be Angel number one in the school play. It was like the biggest part and it had five lines.”
“I remember a lot of those still to this day because I said them so many times and I remember my speech pathologist, my mom sent that video to her and she just couldn’t believe it was the same kid.”
“Like it really was a struggle, and I came a really, really long way and that’s why I’m really excited to talk about apraxia and things like that.”
Apraxia is defined as “a motor disorder caused by damage to the brain (specifically the posterior parietal cortex) in which the individual has difficulty with the motor planning to perform tasks or movements when asked, provided that the request or command is understood and the individual is willing to perform the task.”
This couldn’t have been an easy thing for Ronda Rousey to overcome. She continues to struggle with this issue, but is obviously doing better. Therefore, if she flubs a line on RAW, you might want to give her a tiny break because it’s probably not something she can 100% control.
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