Ronda Rousey Thinks Pro Wrestlers Don’t Understand The Key Difference Between MMA And Wrestling

Ronda Rousey doesn’t think wrestlers understand the difference in reality between the two sports.

Rousey is one of the few crossover stars that exist between the worlds of MMA and pro wrestling with Rousey being a UFC champion prior to jumping ship to the WWE following her retirement from the sport of mixed martial arts. She is also the current SmackDown Women’s Champion.

Rousey appeared on The Kurt Angle Show, where she spoke about the scripted nature of wrestling and how it differs from MMA.

“It really does help a lot, and I don’t think pro wrestlers understand how much that it helps because a lot of times I’ll hear people be so offended that like, ‘How dare you call this fake! There’s no fake way to go through a table,’” Rousey continued, “or ‘This injury is real.’ And I’m like, ‘You guys, it’s not like the physical toll that makes something real.’”

“The injuries don’t enter into your mind,” Rousey said of her time in MMA. “It’s the anxiety and uncertainty of the result,” that makes the situation real, as opposed to the predetermined outcome of a pro-wrestling match.”

“Imagine if you didn’t win that gold medal, Kurt, and what that would have done to you for the rest of your life,” Rousey continued, “That is what makes it real to me. Injuries, I don’t care. People get injured all the time playing ‘Pirates of Penzance. There’s a lot of difficult, physical things out there that the realism to me is that extreme anxiety.”

Ronda Rousey on The Kurt Angle Show

Rousey has drawn the ire of wrestling fans plenty of times in the past with her dismissive nature regarding how MMA and pro wrestling differ. Time will tell if this statement will be taken in the same way as the others have. Rousey is currently working a title program with Natalya.

H/T RingsideNews for transcription

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