Why Does The WWE Universe Hate Ronda Rousey So Much?: Ronda Rousey has a tumultuous relationship with the WWE universe. While professional wrestling has appreciated the former MMA fighter in the past for grasping the intricacies of pro wrestling very quickly, there has been tension between her and the fans for some years.
Now that Ronda Rousey has seemingly left WWE for good after losing to Shayna Bazsler at SummerSlam 2023 in an underwhelming match, we can look back at her time with the company and answer the question – why does the WWE Universe hate Ronda Rousey so much?
Why Does The WWE Universe Hate Ronda Rousey So Much?
The biggest reason for the animosity between the two parties is the comments Ronda Rousey made about WWE and professional wrestling as a whole. On a YouTube Livestream weeks before her WrestleMania 35 main event against Becky Lynch and Charlotte Flair, Rousey criticized WWE’s scripted and ‘fake’ nature, undermining the physical and mental toll that the business takes on everyone in it. In interviews and tweets during her first sabbatical from pro wrestling, Rousey doubled down on her comments, saying one cannot realistically fight in 300 ‘actual’ fights in a year, missing the point of pro wrestling entirely.
These comments not only put Rousey in hot water with the fans she was working so hard to entertain, but they also did not sit right with her colleagues. Most notably, Becky Lynch criticized Ronda’s comments publicly, claiming she had disrespected the hard work of WWE wrestlers.
Another possible reason for Ronda Rousey’s fall from grace in the eyes of the WWE Universe is her stale character. When she first arrived at WWE in 2018, fans were excited to see whether an MMA superstar could transition to sports entertainment. Her first match at WrestleMania 34 proved yes. In fact, her quick grasp of professional wrestling was uncanny. But as time went on and her character as a ‘dominant former athlete’ failed to change with time, fan investment in her and her character drastically decreased.
This was first observed at Survivor Series 2018, where Charlotte Flair was cheered for attacking Rousey with a kendo stock. After a years-long break, which saw Ronda give birth to a daughter, she returned and won the 2022 Royal Rumble. The fan excitement of seeing her back in WWE was soon dissipated after a disappointing loss against Charlotte Flair at WrestleMania 38.
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Her subsequent runs with the SmackDown Women’s Championship, rivalries with the likes of Liv Morgan and Shotzi, and even a heel turn were not enough for her to win over the fans again. Her place at the top of the card was seen as a dark spot on an otherwise exciting WWE product under Triple H.