Ronda Rousey hails previously spoken about how fans from WWE have treated her. When her first run was ending, fans started booing at her. That was the inital time when Rousey had not started on her heel turn yet.

Rousey leaned into the hate from fans, though she never really forgot about how she was initially treated. The WWE superstar talk to YouTube in order to post a video on her channel. She revealed that at the time of WrestleMania 35, she had shattered her knuckle. Due to the pain, she couldn’t even position it onto her hip.

Everyone was booing me out of the stadium. I was just like, ‘man, f**k these people, I can’t wait to go home.’ A lot of people forget because they weren’t there and they have short memories of these kinds of things. When I left WWE, I had been getting booed out of the stadium every day for months.

The former UFC star said that she felt a lot of hostility from the audience when she was playing a babyface. She said that it was one of the most uncomfortable things she’s ever felt. She added that she felt trapped in her role as a babyface and could not reveal how she felt about them. Being a heel was what truly liberated her.

I think one of the most uncomfortable and disingenuous I’ve ever felt was when I had to be a babyface and the crowd was being hostile towards me. I couldn’t just tell them exactly what I f**king felt. I was stuck between ‘do I stay true to myself until these people f**k themselves or do I, respect Vince, who has done so much for me, and not go against what he wants me to do?’ So when I finally got to turn heel, I loved it because I felt like it kind of finally got to be myself.

Rousey talked about how she had anticipated already that she’s going to face a lot of heat from the audience. However, her surprise appearance at the Royal Rumble and subsequent win helped her find balance. When she went backstage to talk to Paul Heyman and Vince McMahon, they gave her some advice that she ended up finding insightful.

I got through it and I came out and [Paul] Heyman was like, ‘you did great, but I’m gonna tell you, he’s gonna tell you one thing, to smile.’ I’m like, okay, so I go talk to Vince [and] he was like, ‘that was fantastic. I just need you to smile.’ Now I was telling him like, ‘they were booing me on the way out of every stadium. He’s like, ‘yeah, but they’ve forgiven you for that.’ I’m like, ‘Well, I haven’t forgiven them,’ and he goes, ‘but it’s not about you. It’s about them.’ It was such a good point that I’d been thinking about myself and how it relates to myself, and I was forgetting that this is a show about entertaining them. I’m like, ‘I got the jitters out, my first performance out of the way, my first promo out of the way.’ Going into SmackDown next Friday I’m like, “I’m not going to come out all guarded and defensive.’ I’m just going to go out and feel the crowd and be a part of it.

Ronda Rousey is scheduled to face off against Charlotte Flair on WrestleMania 38. However, plans have already been put in place for Rousey to go toe-to-toe with Becky Lynch at WrestleMania 39, which means Rousey is in for the long ride with WWE.

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Nitish Vashishtha

Nitish Vashishtha is a freelance writer/contributor from India. He’s written content for companies like ScoopWhoop and Sportskeeda. He’s been writing about pop-culture, current affairs and pro-wrestling since 2017.

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