Ronda Rousey exited WWE following her match against Shayna Baszler at SummerSlam the previous year. Subsequently, she participated in other promotions before announcing an indefinite break, which ultimately led to her retirement. Interestingly, Rousey had previously requested heel turns within WWE, but these requests were consistently denied.

Upon her return and subsequent victory in the Royal Rumble in January 2022, plans were in place for Ronda Rousey to undergo a heel turn for the first time. However, these plans were scrapped after she received an overwhelmingly positive reaction from the audience that night.

In her autobiography “Our Fight,” set to release on April 4th, Ronda Rousey recounts her persistent efforts to convince WWE to let her turn heel after fans turned against her. Despite her repeated requests, WWE denied her the opportunity, insisting that the timing wasn’t right and that further character development was needed.

Rousey expressed frustration with WWE’s approach, feeling constrained by their insistence on following a scripted narrative rather than allowing her to express herself authentically. She lamented the lack of progress in her character arc and the diminishing novelty of her presence in WWE. Ultimately, Rousey began to question WWE’s promises and felt disillusioned with the company’s handling of her character.

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“I called Triple H and told him I was done being a babyface. I was no longer capable of playing the good guy. I was done smiling and shaking hands while being s**t on. I wanted to be able to defend myself, to say what was on my mind. It was my turn to turn.

“But as hard as I pushed, WWE pushed back. It just wasn’t yet time, I was told. We had to build up to it further, the producers said. We needed to better develop the characters. They talked about it as if they were writing scripts for serious actors who wanted to know ‘what is my motivation for this scene?’ and not people who were smashing each other through tables.

”I went out every week, night after night, and I sold falls, hits, and cheap shots like a f***ing champ for WWE. But the fans hated it. The novelty of my arrival had worn off for everyone – including me – the story that WWE prides itself so much on telling was going nowhere. As months passed, I started to feel like WWE had sold me a bunch of bull**t.”

Ronda Rousey’s journey to becoming a heel culminated in October 2022. Following this transformation, she formed a formidable alliance with Shayna Baszler, which endured until Money In The Bank 2023. However, their alliance took a dramatic turn when Baszler betrayed Rousey, leading to a significant shift in their dynamic. Ronda Rousey has also retired from professional wrestling for good, so fans have just accepted that now.

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Subhojeet Mukherjee

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