When Ronda Rousey signed for WWE in 2018 her arrival shook up the women’s division like nobody before or since. The former UFC Champion was a bona-fide mainstream star and quickly rose to the top of WWE’s women’s ranks, and now during an appearance on Steve Austin’s Broken Skull Sessions, Sasha Banks has lifted the lid on Rousey’s impact on the women’s division.
Banks initially stated her belief that she should have been getting paid to do what Rousey was doing, before praising ‘The baddest woman on the planet’ for putting in the work and embracing the wrestling business.
“You can bring in Ronda Rousey, but you should be paying me to do be doing what she’s doing. You have the talent here. I’ve put in the work. But Ronda Rousey is a household legend and name to her own. If it wasn’t for Ronda Rousey, who knows if the women’s division here would be women’s wrestling. She put in the work, she loved it. She came in to the locker room very humbled and wanting to know everything that she could to be the best. [She was] an outsider that we can accept as we understand the business within the WWE. She was an MMA-fighter, that’s what she was and we felt it. She was so cool.”
The SmackDown Women’s Champion also went into detail about her friendship with Bayley, and how she wouldn’t be in WWE without her former tag team partner.
“Her energy, her – just her, how she represented herself, how she talked about wrestling. I was like ‘oh my God, I can talk to you like I’m 10 years old and we can talk like how I wanted to talk to so many people about WWE when I was a kid. She just changed the whole game and I’m just so grateful for her because I would not be – another person I would not be here without her. I couldn’t be here without Bayley.”
Ronda Rousey hasn’t appeared in WWE since WrestleMania 35, where she lost the WWE Raw Women’s Title to Becky Lynch. There has been much speculation about if and when she may return, with Natalya recently commenting that fans should “Expect the unexpected” in regard to a potential comeback.
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