After her Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) career came to an end, fans were uncertain about Ronda Rousey’s path moving forward – until recently.
The former Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) fighter made her WrestleMania debut this weekend alongside professional wrestler Kurt Angle. WrestleMania is an annual event produced by World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE), which consists of several matches for competing titles. This year was WWE’s 34th annual WrestleMania event and although it was Rousey’s very first time competing in the WWE ring, she impressed the audience with her savage win against wrestlers Stephanie McMahon and Triple H.
As soon as Rousey got tagged into the ring by her partner Angle, the TV show commentators exclaimed, “Here comes Rousey! Call the cops!”
Rousey did not give McMahon a single break in the ring.
What made WWE fans even more excited about this match, was the moment Rousey cornered and socked Triple H as if he was a punching bag.
— WWE WrestleMania (@WrestleMania) April 9, 2018
She also had Triple H over her shoulders at one point in the match.
Ronda Rousey bodied Triple H pic.twitter.com/ooNLpxfU7Y
— Rob Lopez (@r0bato) April 9, 2018
And Triple H is not small at all.
Overall, the WWE audience voted Rousey’s tag team match to be the most enjoyable out of all the matches from this year’s WrestleMania.
— Muhammad Hussein (@Mhussein9911) April 9, 2018
However, other people on the internet showed that they weren’t happy nor impressed about Rousey’s transition from UFC to WWE.
S A V A G E !!
In Rousey’s defense, people explained that although WWE consists of choreographed matches, they’re still not easy and actually take a lot of training.
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In a post interview Rousey’s partner and mentor Angle expressed how proud and optimistic he felt about Rousey’s future with sports entertainment. “That’s her first match and look how she blew the roof off the joint. Ronda has a big future here. This is what she was meant to do,” Angle said.
Similarly, Rousey expressed her gratitude for this opportunity in an interview with ESPN. “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,” Rousey said.
Rousey’s future with WWE is not set in stone, but fans can’t wait to see her grow as a professional wrestler if she continues on this path.