Shayna Baszler, one half of the WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions, has discussed potentially squaring off one-on-one with close friend Ronda Rousey.
Baszler was in conversation with Renee Paquette on Paquette’s ‘Oral Sessions’ podcast when she talked about Rousey helping her through a difficult time in her life. Baszler competed on the UFC show ‘The Ultimate Fighter’ in 2013. ‘The Submission Magician’ was Rousey’s first pick for her team but would lose the first fight of the season and leave the show.
“After the Ultimate Fighter, I was at a stage in my life where the world fell apart. I went through this stupid break-up and I broke my ankle. Ronda had flown me out to California to be like ‘you need to get out here, the water is healing, let’s go’. I went out there and she really helped me.”
“I remember we were sitting around, I can’t remember what the reason was but we were celebrating something, I can’t really remember what it is. But it’s like this big Armenian meal right, and these guys bring out all these platters. We’re drinking and making toasts, and I remember toasting like: ‘Ronda, I am going to give you the fight that you deserve to thank you for what you did for me in my life.’ I remember the coaches at the time were like: ‘that’s the best toast ever.'”
On the subject of that fight taking place Baszler has revealed that she and Rousey have discussed it taking place in the wrestling ring rather than the octagon.
“It’s funny because Ronda and I have talked about how, at the time, you think that meant MMA. But it might mean this [wrestling]. That’s a WrestleMania, we’ll see, you know WrestleMania’s coming up so probably not this one per se.”
Shayna Baszler and Ronda Rousey are a part of an MMA group of friends that call themselves the Four Horsewomen. The two other members are Marina Shafir and Jessamyn Duke who were seen by Baszler’s side in NXT.
Baszler and Nia Jax recaptured the WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships at the Royal Rumble in January 2021. Baszler holds the record for the most cumulative days as NXT Women’s Champion with her two reigns spanning 548 days.
Ronda Rousey debuted in WWE after the 2018 Royal Rumble. The UFC trailblazer would win the Raw Women’s Championship from Alexa Bliss at SummerSlam the same year. Rousey’s final appearance in WWE so far came in the main event of WrestleMania 35. Ronda Rousey would suffer her first loss in WWE in that match when she was pinned by Becky Lynch.
Credit: Oral Sessions