WWE Hall of Famer Kurt Angle has spoken about how impressed he is with Ronda Rousey’s transition to professional wrestling, saying there was an important detail that “really surprised” him.
After a hugely successful MMA career that saw her become the first female inductee to the UFC Hall of Fame, Ronda Rousey burst onto the pro wrestling scene in 2018. At WrestleMania 34 she made her in-ring debut, teaming with Kurt Angle to take on The Authority – Stephanie McMahon and Triple H.
Speaking on The Zaslow Show on AM 560 Sports WQAM (Miami), Kurt Angle discussed just how impressed he was with how quickly the former Raw Women’s Champion picked up her new sport, saying it was “faster than anyone” he knew.
While adapting to the physical aspects was impressive, Angle said that what really surprised him was how well Rousey took to the theatrics involved as well.
“She is. But she picked up on the theatrics of it as well. You know, there’s a lot of emotion and psychology involved in pro wrestling that she picked up pretty quickly, that I was really surprised. I mean, she is a world-class athlete, nothing wrong with that. You definitely want a world-class athlete in professional wrestling. But to be able to pick up the character and the psychology, that is really tough to do, especially as quickly as she did.”
Ronda Rousey is set for one of her biggest matches to date as she takes on Charlotte Flair for the SmackDown Women’s Championship in the main event of WrestleMania Saturday on April 2nd.
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