Shayna Baszler trained Ronda Rousey when she first started in WWE. The Queen of Spades ditched Natalya to form an alliance with The Baddest Woman on the Planet during a previous episode of WWE SmackDown. Now, she’s responding to trolls who claim she and Ronda can’t wrestle.

Shayna Baszler and Ronda Rousey teamed up to take on Natalya & Shotzi Blackheart on the February 17, 2023, edition of the blue brand. During the match, the Montreal crowd bombarded the heels with “you can’t wrestle chants.” Ronda got the win for her team after she submitted Shotzi with an armbar.

Speaking to WWE Die Woch, Shayna Baszler took the opportunity to clap back at trolls who criticize her and Ronda Rousey’s wrestling ability in general; noting people criticize them because they’re too good.

“It’s funny because you’ll hear, ‘you can’t wrestle’ or people tell us ‘we can’t wrestle’ or ‘learn how to wrestle,’ ‘all we do is MMA.’ We’re probably the only two girls in the locker room, maybe on the roster, there are maybe this many [holds up five fingers] that know how to do a double leg takedown. A real double leg. That’s wrestling. It’s funny the way people think about us because we’re too good. I like when I’m doing stuff and I look in the audience and people have to watch my matches between their fingers and they’re like, ‘oh no.’ I like that.


“I dabble in comic books and there is a Batman comic where someone says, ‘Why do you call yourself a bat? You don’t fly.’ He says, ‘I don’t fly because I don’t need to fly.’ Me and Ronda don’t fly around because we don’t need to. Other people have to do that because they don’t know how to grab your arm and twist it in any direction, we do. It’s different if you look at it that way and open your mind. It’s specifically the United States. Europe especially, Japan, they’re a little more open to this style of wrestling. I spent a lot of time in Japan wrestling and that’s where I really got comfortable. Like anyone, when I first started in pro wrestling, ‘Josh (Barnett) I want to have a top rope move, I want to do cool stuff.’ ‘No one can do what you do, you need to embrace what you do.’ When I went to Japan and lived there and wrestled for a while, I really got comfortable and went, ‘Ah yes, I don’t need to do that, this is cool. This is the cool stuff.’ It’s been fun.”

Shayna Baszler and Ronda Rousey are expected to go after the WWE Women’s Tag Team Championship at the upcoming WrestleMania 39 premium live event. Stay tuned to Ringside News for more from the world of pro wrestling.

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Manik Aftab

Manik Aftab serves as a news writer at Ringside News. He has covered pro wrestling and sports entertainment for a variety of publications, including Sportskeeda Wrestling, The Sportster, and WrestleZone. Outside of his professional duties, Manik likes to indulge in fiction, thrillers, comics, manga, and anime.

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