Ronda Rousey on WWE: ‘So happy I lost those fights because it led me here’
Ronda Rousey’s MMA career might have ended, but now she openly admits it all makes sense. Two months ago she signed with the WWE at the Royal Rumble and made a debut win at WrestleMania 34.
“It was me versus the world in an individual sport,” Rousey said. “I thought I would never say this, but I’m so happy I lost those fights [to Holly Holm and Amanda Nunes] because it led me here. This is so worth it.
“Everything really does happen for a reason. I’m just so grateful. I thought I never would be [grateful] for [the losses], but time is a great teacher. I’m just really, really glad I gave it time instead of giving up and feeling it was the end of the world. There’s so many people who encounter tragedies who feel like the world and time won’t heal it. But all I can say to those people is: Just give it time, even if you think time can’t heal it. You never know what will happen and where it will lead you. Every missed opportunity is a blessing in disguise. I really believe it now.”
“I owe the WWE universe an apology, because I thought they were going to boo me out of the building from day one,” she said. “They really accepted me from day one. Hopefully, I satisfied a lot of skeptics tonight.
“I underestimated how kind the WWE universe would be. I thought any outsiders would be shunned. I was expecting to get shunned and to have to battle to be accepted. I worked my ass off to pay respect to what’s so important to them, and hopefully they saw that tonight. I’m just so grateful, man. I’m trying my best to deserve it.”
She also showed a big support for female UFC fighters Joanna Jedrzejczyk and Rose Namajunas,.
“Oh my god, I’m so proud of them. They’re such great representatives of the sport. They’re what that sport really needs — women like them. It’s just like a great sign for the future,” Rousey said Sunday. “Every sport has its peaks and valleys, but I think they’re a real testament to the staying power of the UFC.
“If anything, it was like a blessing sending me on my way. They had this amazing match, everyone’s super stoked for them and the women’s division. It was just like their way of telling me, ‘Don’t worry, go handle your thing and do what you’re meant to do.'”
“The tradition continues,” she said. “But only after pay-per-views. I gotta wrestle so often I can’t have wings every night.”
“It feels good,” she said. “You ever go somewhere for the first time and it’s like coming home or somewhere you’ve been before? It feels more familiar than it should.”