Ronda Rousey has admitted that it can be difficult not to take criticism from fans personally following a backlash to her recent appearances.
At the 2022 Royal Rumble, Ronda Rousey stepped inside a WWE ring for the first time since WrestleMania 35. Entering at number 28 in the women’s Rumble match, Rousey wasted little time in re-establishing herself in the minds of the WWE faithful. After swiftly finding herself in the final two, she threw Charlotte Flair over the top rope to earn a championship match at WrestleMania 38.
After the match in a backstage interview, Rousey seemed somewhat ambivalent towards the reaction she received from fans saying she wouldn’t be taken in by their cheers this time. A comment seemingly in reference to the mixed reaction she began to receive at the end of her previous run.
On the following On Raw, Rousey clashed with Becky Lynch, eventually leaving the The Man laying. The former UFC star also cut a promo which seemed to fall flat with the live crowd and was later criticised online.
It has since been reported that Rousey was spoken to backstage about the promo and how she presented herself to the crowd.
Speaking on a Facebook gaming stream, the former Raw Women’s champion has admitted that it can be tough not to take harsh words from fans personally.
“It’s hard not to take it personally from the fans because, I do go out there as a character, but also, I am actually Ronda Rousey, I don’t play Ronda Rousey on television. Sometimes I take it personally from the fans, not so much the other wrestlers,”
After her appearance on Raw, Rousey headed to SmackDown to reveal the identity of her WrestleMania opponent. After some back and forth between Charlotte Flair, Sonya Deville and Rousey, the returning star announced that she will take on SmackDown Women’s Champion Flair at the Texas extravaganza.
H/t to Fightful for the transcription.