Eric Bischoff has explained why he believes Ronda Rousey hasn’t hit the rights that many expected during her current WWE run.
While Rousey has racked up a number of accolades since returning to WWE at the 2022 Royal Rumble she has been heavily criticised by fans online. Many have taken issue with her in-ring performances while others claim she simply doesn’t want to be there.
In a recent post on social media, Rousey came out fighting against WWE and their handling of their women’s division. The former UFC star cited her 2022 storyline with Liv Morgan, slamming the “bunch of octogenarians” who put it together for their lack of effort.
Speaking on his 83 Weeks podcast, WWE Hall of Famer Eric Bischoff gave his thoughts on Rousey and suggested she has struggled to connect with the audience.
“All I can tell you is that from the moment she arrived in WWE, I didn’t feel a connection to her. I mean, let me say that differently. I didn’t feel as though she made a connection to the audience. There was something there that wasn’t complete. The connection is like 90%. I never felt that she was comfortable in WWE as a character. Just a feeling.”
Eric Bischoff – “I Don’t Think She’s As Passionate About It”
Bischoff went on to compare the star with Logan Paul who he claims is “born for this.”
“With Ronda, it’s not a lack of talent. It’s not a lack of potential. I just don’t feel she’s as passionate about it. There’s definitely professional commitment on her part, I’m sure. I know she really wants this, and I know how hard it is for her to do what she’s doing, especially given the amount of pressure that’s on her because of who she is and the expectations that come with that. I don’t know. She’s not there yet. I’ve never felt that connection and I still don’t.
Logan Paul, I felt the connection immediately. I felt like Logan felt like he was born for this, whereas with Ronda, I feel like she wants to do this, and there’s just a subtle difference between being born for it and wanting to do it.”
It has been reported that Rousey is not alone in feeling frustrated with WWE’s recent booking of its female performers. It has been noted that some backstage feel the women’s division has been hindered by poor creative ahead of WrestleMania 39.
H/t to WrestlingNews.Co