Ronda Rousey returned during the 2022 Royal Rumble event after a nearly three-year absence from WWE. While Rousey won the Smackdown Women’s Championship twice since her return, she failed to get any desired reactions from the fans. Now it appears WWE Creative was blasted for Ronda Rousey’s failed heel run.

The former UFC fighter made her way to WWE back in 2018, during the Royal Rumble event and immediately put the roster on notice. In the year since, she was booked as a babyface but fans never liked her as one.

Ronda Rousey has also been a heel for a while now and fans simply couldn’t less about her character at all. This is despite her efforts to be seen as a despited heel by fans every week.

While speaking on Story Time with Dutch Mantell, pro wrestling veteran Dutch Mantell claimed that Ronda Rousey made some mistakes during her run. Mantell then blasted WWE Creative for failing Rousey’s heel run.


“Ronda, I think it took her some time to learn the pro-style. She’s made a lot of mistakes. She wanted people to dislike her. But she would come out because they told her to, smiling and slapping hands. You can’t be smiling at people and slapping hands, then get in the ring and expect them to boo you. I mean, that’s not even her fault. That’s creative’s fault, whoever told her to do that. If you’re gonna be an a******, be an a******* from the get-go.”

Ronda Rousey is currently engaged in a feud with Shayna Baszler after Baszler betrayed her at the WWE Money In The Bank Premium Live Event. WWE was also forced to speed up plans for Ronda Rousey. We’ll have to wait and see how their feud will be booked in the coming weeks.

What’s your view on what Dutch Mantell said? Did WWE Creative drop the ball on Ronda Rousey? Sound off in the comments!

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Subhojeet Mukherjee

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