Ronda Rousey is one of the most famous fighters to ever fight for the UFC. But, after leaving the sport in 2017, she joined the WWE and became very successful there. However, a recent report said that she’s already thinking of leaving the WWE, leaving many fans to wonder if she regrets the career change.
Why Ronda Rousey left the UFC
This is a complicated topic, but in short, it was because of her mentality. She was born and bred to win, and in the Olympic Games, she did just that. Although she fell short of winning gold, she became the first American woman to win an Olympic medal in judo since the sport was added to the Olympics.
She was devastated when she didn’t get gold, but she didn’t think about it for too long as she soon transitioned into MMA. Women’s MMA was new at the time, but Rousey quickly made a name for herself by using her judo skills to get submission after submission.
She was undefeated, having submitted six women in a row, all by armbar, before Dana White, the president of the UFC, finally allowed women to fight in the UFC.
Rousey’s dominance in the UFC continued until she was famously knocked out by Holly Holm. This loss, like her loss at the Olympics, was devastating for her. Rousey took over a year off from the sport to recover from it. Her first fight after that loss was against Amanda Nunes, and Nunes knocked Rousey out in less than a minute.
These massive losses destroyed her confidence and she left the sport in 2017.
Why did she join the WWE?
Ronda Rousey’s move to the WWE was a very telegraphed one, as every fan saw it coming. Rousey’s nickname was Rowdy, which, as The Guardian mentioned, is a reference to the famous wrestler named “Rowdy” Roddy Piper.
This was her nickname because of her love for the man, as well as her adoration for the WWE. Her friends and training partners also call themselves “The Four Horsewoman”, which is again a wrestling reference.
She was more than just a fan of the WWE, too. At the peak of her popularity, Rousey often appeared at WWE shows, sometimes even inside the ring. She did just that at WrestleMania 31, when she appeared in the ring alongside Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. This even led to fans speculating that she’d join the WWE eventually, which of course turned out to be true.
And while Rousey became a champion in the WWE after four fights, like Fox Sports reported, some fans think that she regrets joining the WWE, and that she’s going to leave the WWE as soon as she can.
Ronda Rousey doesn’t regret joining the WWE
Simply said, those reports turned out to be false. In the Fox Sports report, it mentioned that WrestleMania 35 would be Ronda Rousey’s last event. WrestleMania 35, which Rousey headlined and which was also the first WrestleMania event to be headlined by women, probably wasn’t Rousey’s last event. Although Rousey has taken a break from the WWE, she’s going to return to the ring sooner than later.
But that doesn’t mean that Rousey will never regret this decision. Wrestling is still a dangerous sport, and although there are a number of safety practices, wrestling can still cause permanent brain injury.
And, while the money in the WWE is good, the time isn’t. Fox Sports reported that Rousey wants to take time away to start a family, and obviously, the tough schedule of the WWE may interfere with that.
But, as it stands now, the WWE is what Rousey has prioritized in her life, and she doesn’t seem to regret it at all.