Ronda Rousey recently had an interview with UFC reporter and real-life friend Megan Olivi. Olivi, if you're not familiar with the MMA world, is UFC's top reporter and has been for years. A staple of the MMA juggernaut, she has always been an open supporter of Rousey, even through her dark period of time between 2015 to 2016.
With Rousey's WWE status unclear, Olivi sat down with the former UFC Bantamweight Champion and former RAW Women's Champion to discuss all things UFC and WWE, from her relationship to Dana White, to her WWE experience and what the future holds for her.
The 21-minute interview developed a lot of interest because Rousey spoke candidly about things that she's never normally open about. But with her WWE career up in the air, she decided to be frank about what lies ahead for her.
You can watch the full interview below.
#5. She's trying to start a family now; a WWE return is unlikely
For a long time now, everyone, including WWE, has known that Ronda Rousey's time in the ring was limited because she constantly had baby fever. Living with her husband Travis Browne on their "Browsey Acres", she was very open about her desire to begin a family
She said that she's trying to do the "baby thing", but was very open about the fact that she missed WWE and the women's locker room. She said
They say that no one really retires, so we’ll see. I’m trying to do the baby thing right now so we’re taking it by year, but I do miss a lot of little things about it. Me and the girls would do little ritual, little things that you would do throughout the day…It’s fun watching, but I’m also happy to be resting”
#4. She really wanted to work with Stephanie McMahon
When Ronda Rousey signed on with WWE, her personal request was that she worked with Stephanie McMahon. Why? Because it only made sense to complete their story.
If you recall, WrestleMania 31 saw a brief interaction between Rousey and Stephanie McMahon, when the then-UFC Bantamweight Champion took out both Stephanie and Triple H.
Since that point, it seemed like a no-brainer that they would cross paths at some point if Rousey ever competed in WWE and that happened to be first in line for the "Rowdy" one. She told Olivi
When I first came to the organisation, I was like, ‘Hey, I’d really like to do this for a couple of months, I’m gonna have a baby soon, so this isn’t forever’ but my one request when we first started was I wanted to finish my storyline with Stephanie, so that was my one request because I love Stephanie McMahon so much, which is so funny because we’re supposed to hate each other’s guts, but I love her! Oh my god, I love her so much!
She praised both McMahon and Triple H, stating that she succeeded only because she had the best to work with.
#3. Revealed the difference between UFC and WWE; said she had the "easy route" in WWE
Ronda Rousey is one of the rare few who have big-time experience both at UFC and WWE. At UFC, she was the first woman to ever headline a PPV and is basically the reason why women continue to headline PPVs today.
A box office success, it poured onto WWE, where she competed at the highest level and ended up main eventing WrestleMania. Clearly, she knows the difference between the two. She stated that while UFC is far more physically stressful to the body, they're still allowed to take breaks in between fights.
With WWE, they're constantly on the road 300+ days a year, which makes it gurelling in itself. She also stated that she got the "easy" route in WWE, due to her somewhat part-time schedule.
It’s physical in a different way, the stress from fighting is much, much more. The training camp, the weeks leading up to it, the press, and going to sleep every night thinking about it. That’s the real wear and tear, not so much the physical part of it. With fights, you assume, ‘Okay, I’ll give myself at least a month to recover after that.’ It’s a peaking system, you allow yourself to peak and crash. With WWE it’s just a grind and it’s non-stop, I did the easy version, everybody else does 300 days a year. Their bodies don’t get to rest as much as ours in MMA, but their minds get to rest a lot more in MMA I feel like. There’s no pressure on anything.
#2. She went "off-script" on the RAW before WrestleMania
Remember the RAW before WrestleMania, where Becky Lynch, Charlotte Flair and Ronda Rousey got into a major brawl backstage? It led to all three of them getting handcuffed. There was a moment where Rousey and Lynch were placed in the same car, leading to them kicking each other.
In the heat of the moment, Ronda Rousey then dented the window frame and kicked the glass completely out. It's a miracle that it didn't affect Becky Lynch, but Rousey stated that it was something she really wanted to do, despite being told otherwise.
I accidentally put a dent in the frame. and they were like 'You can't break this window now' and i was like 'I want to break this window
Thankfully, it ended up working out just fine, because it translated well on television and nobody ended up getting hurt.
#1. Her first UFC PPV main event meant way more than main eventing WrestleMania
Ronda Rousey's two pivotal career moments were main eventing a UFC PPV vs Liz Carmouche and main eventing WrestleMania as one of the first three women to ever do it. While she was fully appreciative of her opportunity to main event WrestleMania, she explained in detail why the fight against Carmouche was far more important to her.
Me and Liz Carmouche felt bigger, to me. Even though it was years ago and not too many people watched and it was in the Honda Center where 20,000 people watched compared to Wrestlemania where 80,000 people watched, I just feel like me and Carmouche was the most pivotal moment, like everything had to happen that way or else women’s MMA would’ve ended before it started. With Wrestlemania it felt like all the stars were aligned, the whole universe was conspiring for us to succeed, and I had not in single doubt in my mind that we would succeed, but like for me and Carmouche there were so many outside factors like the numbers to be well and I had to win the match, and I had to win the match in an exciting way and like there were just so many other different factors I had to worry about and I feel like the stakes were higher in a way, even though the venue and the audience was smaller.
All quotes H/t: Lastwordonprowrestling.com