Following the March 3rd episode of SmackDown, it was reported that Ronda Rousey was dealing with an arm injury.
The issue had become public knowledge on the show after a planned match was changed and she appeared with her arm in a makeshift sling. Since then details of the injury have remained thin on the ground, although it has been noted that the star was dealing with a hairline fracture.
In a training/promotional video on Instagram, Rousey has now opened up about her injury struggles confirming she has a fractured radius, and “no ACL or cartilage” in her right knee.
“How do you train with no ACL or cartilage in your right knee as well as a fractured radius? Focus on what you CAN do – I have some of the most versatile training routines on earth, I need to do PT, build strength, retain flexibility, and train technique across multiple disciplines – sometimes all in a single session.
After over two and a half decades of combat sports training – the smallest misstep could result in surgery.
Thankfully @mizunousa just sent me their new TS-01 trainers specifically designed for stability (while still ultra-light so not to aggravate what remains of my knees 🙌🏼 woohoo!) check link in bio to get yours 😉
2 weeks after my ACL reconstruction (at 16 years old) My mom had me on the floor doing pushups to teach me a lesson: you can sit around and feel sorry for yourself, or get off your mopey ass and train with a vengeance.
It’s thanks to that ACL injury I spent an entire year focusing solely on newaza (ground techniques in judo) and became the best in the world in armbars and transitions (anyone who doubts me is welcome to try me 😈)
Well, after thousands of dislocations (I thought not tapping out to armbars and tearing ligaments was cool in my teens) my elbow finally fractured simply by slapping the mat in Rockford, Illinois- right before Wrestlemania.
The only thing saving these chicks now are the doctors not letting me compete. Well ladies, they can’t keep me away forever, I’m not moping, vengeance is coming.”
Ronda Rousey Forced Change To WrestleMania Plans
Ronda Rousey was originally penciled in to face Rhea Ripley at WrestleMania with the SmackDown Women’s Title on the line. However, it has been reported that Rousey forced a switch to these plans due to her desire to win the Women’s Tag Team Titles with Shayna Baszler.
This led to her losing the SmackDown Women’s Title to Charlotte Flair. However, Rousey’s shot at tag team gold (which was never officially announced) was later scrapped.
The former UFC star is now set to team with Shayna Baszler in the women’s WrestleMania Showcase tag team match.