In the realm of professional wrestling, the transition from one form of combat sport to another isn’t always seamless. When former UFC Fighter Ronda Rousey stepped into the WWE arena, expectations were high. However, Becky Lynch, offers a different perspective on Rousey’s debut in a recent interview on The MMA Hour.

During her conversation, Lynch reflected on Rousey’s initial foray into WWE, highlighting both the strengths and shortcomings of her transition. One of the key points Lynch brings to light is the disparity between Rousey’s star power and her wrestling prowess.

Lynch acknowledged Rousey’s undeniable status as a star but underscores the importance of honing one’s craft in the world of professional wrestling.

She was coming off a different industry. She was a star and she should have been handled differently in terms of — I think she had such a great first outing that everybody thought, ‘Oh, she can wrestle.’ I mean this with respect, but she couldn’t wrestle. What we do isn’t something that you can just have one good match and then, ‘OK, yeah, I’m off to the races.’ It’s a craft, and you have to learn your craft, and you have to be diligent about learning your craft.


“Everybody treated Ronda like she already knew it because when she first came in, she was good in that first bout, but she was also working with Kurt Angle, she was working with Triple H, Stephanie McMahon. It was a well-rehearsed match because everybody wanted her to succeed. And then it was, ‘OK, she can do this, off to the races,’ and that was mishandling her because she was a star in her own right and she’d done so much for MMA.”

Lynch suggests that Rousey may have been prematurely thrust into the spotlight without ample time to develop her wrestling skills. Despite Rousey’s initial success, Lynch believes there was a lack of proper handling in terms of booking and nurturing her talent within the WWE.

“So in terms of that and booking, that wasn’t done well, but my experience coming from nobody thinking that I was going to be worth anything and making myself very valuable to the company and very valuable to wrestling in general.”

Reflecting on her own journey in WWE, Lynch contrasts her experience with Rousey’s. She emphasizes the significance of passion and dedication.

“Because I loved it and I sought out to do it. She came in and I think she found a place that she enjoyed, she liked, but she never sought to do it from a young age, and I think that changes the experience you have when you go into a place.”

Becky Lynch’s insights offer valuable perspective on the complexities of transitioning between combat sports and the importance of dedication in mastering the craft of professional wrestling.

As fans and observers of the industry, what are your thoughts on Ronda Rousey’s WWE debut? Do you believe she was mishandled, or was her initial success a testament to her star power? Your feedback and insights are welcome as we continue to explore the ever-evolving landscape of sports entertainment.

Steve Carrier

Steve is the Founder of RingsideNews. He has been writing about professional wrestling since 1996. He first got into website development at the time and has been focusing on bringing his readers the best professional wrestling news at it's highest quality.

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