Ronda Rousey made her WWE return at the 2022 Royal Rumble Premium Live Event. Since returning to the company, Rousey won the SmackDown Women’s Championship on two occasions. Coming from an MMA background, Rousey is often compared to other crossover Superstars, and she recently discussed how Vince McMahon booked her differently than Brock Lesnar.
Brock Lesnar’s accomplishments in professional wrestling and mixed martial arts earned him the nickname The Beast Incarnate for good reason. After his initial stint in the UFC, Lesnar returned to WWE in 2012, when he began his obscenely destructive path. From there, Lesnar went on to defeat John Cena for the World Heavyweight Championship at SummerSlam 2014, and from 2017 to 2018, he carved out a record-breaking 504-day reign as the WWE Universal Champion.
According to Ronda Rousey in her most recent Ronda On The Road episode, Brock Lesnar solidified his reputation as an “invincible monster” during the course of his multiple title reigns. Despite the similarities between Lesnar and Rousey’s careers in MMA and wrestling, the current SmackDown Women’s Champion thinks former WWE CEO Vince McMahon didn’t envision Rousey as playing the same unbreakable role that Lesnar once played.
There’s this more vulnerable side of me but not vulnerable like, ‘Oh, I’m being hurt.’ It’s more of like, I gotta to find ways to challenge myself more and more and more.
Ronda Rousey said that during her first reign with the title, she did not try to hide her limits after defeating Charlotte Flair at WrestleMania Backlash. She didn’t want to try to “duck and drudge” challenges to save the title; she wanted to defend it “all the time.”
Ronda Rousey also wanted her fights to feel significant and become must-see events for fans. “I don’t want there to be any filler. I want the progression of matches to have a flow and meaning to them, almost like an album.”
Before losing the SmackDown Women’s Championship to Liv Morgan at Money in the Bank, Ronda Rousey had made a few successful title defenses against opponents like Raquel Rodriguez and Natalya. We’ll have to see what’s next for her as she continues with Shayna Baszler as her partner under Triple H’s creative leadership.
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