Perhaps the worst-kept secret in WWE was finally revealed at the conclusion of the Royal Rumble pay-per-view when Ronda Rousey finally made her first appearance as a WWE superstar.
The reaction alone spoke volumes, and it comes as no surprise why. The women’s division has been taken to new heights and considering she’s a bona fide star, standing opposite Asuka, Charlotte Flair and Alexa Bliss was a sight to behold in itself.
Although some fans claimed that it took away from Asuka’s historic moment by overshadowing her Royal Rumble victory, the excitement has been visible to see on a weekly basis now that her WrestleMania 34 match has been confirmed - which will mark her in-ring debut.
She’s going to be teaming up with Kurt Angle to take on Triple H and Stephanie McMahon in a mixed tag team match. Despite getting a largely positive reaction since arriving, Rousey has admitted during an interview with The Mirror that she was expecting the WWE Universe to give her an unforgiving reaction by booing her.
She claimed that she’s never received an overwhelmingly positive response and feels like crying whenever she thinks about the WWE fans cheering for her. Although, she also admits that she knows that fans could end up hating her at the flip of a switch.
She said: “I wasn’t expecting that to be honest. In judo, I’ve been booed in 30 different countries over 10 years. I never heard anyone cheer for me once, ever. I didn’t know what it sounded like until MMA and even then, I would get booed and cheered, I would never get an overwhelmingly positive response.
“And I loved that, it was always the crowd competing with each other. I really thought like coming over into WWE, that a lot of people would resent me for it and feel like I didn’t deserve the opportunity and try to do everything they could to sabotage it
“I walked out honestly expecting the worst in people. And I received the complete opposite. All that emotion on my face was actually real, I was expecting to get booed out of the arena.
“And I still am a lot of times when I walk out there. Because if my relationship with the public, in general, was a relationship with an actual person, it would be the most dysfunctional relationship of my life and I probably would have took that person out of my life a long time ago. So, it’s hard to trust people to not break your heart when you go out there.
“So, I go out there with a very thick skin and ready for everybody to try and like, I don’t know, screw me up somehow. But the open arms I received coming into the industry, it makes me want to cry every time I think about it. And I know any day from now that could switch and they could decide they hate my guts.”
It’s easy to understand why Rousey would feel that way, especially since the WWE Universe are an unforgiving bunch and seeing someone with little experience swoop in on a big stage can be frustrating.
At the same time, seeing Rousey commit herself to WWE just showcases her passion, and it’s perhaps why the WWE Universe is so on board with her being the newest member of the Monday Night RAW roster.
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