Ronda Rousey spoke with ESPN after her WWE debut last night at WrestleMania 34. During the interview, Rousey talked about how she has learned to be grateful for losses in UFC that led her to WWE, and she also admitted she didn’t expect such a warm welcome from the WWE Universe. She also commented on the recent barnburner fight between Joanna Jedrzejczyk and Rose Namajunas on Saturday.
On learning to be grateful for UFC losses:
“It was me versus the world in an individual sport. I thought I would never say this, but I’m so happy I lost those fights [to Holly Holm and Amanda Nunes] because it led me here. This is so worth it.
“Everything really does happen for a reason. I’m just so grateful. I thought I never would be [grateful] for [the losses], but time is a great teacher. I’m just really, really glad I gave it time instead of giving up and feeling it was the end of the world. There’s so many people who encounter tragedies who feel like the world and time won’t heal it. But all I can say to those people is: Just give it time, even if you think time can’t heal it. You never know what will happen and where it will lead you. Every missed opportunity is a blessing in disguise. I really believe it now.”
On expecting to be booed by the WWE Universe:
“I owe the WWE universe an apology, because I thought they were going to boo me out of the building from day one. They really accepted me from day one. Hopefully, I satisfied a lot of skeptics tonight.
“I underestimated how kind the WWE universe would be. I thought any outsiders would be shunned. I was expecting to get shunned and to have to battle to be accepted. I worked my ass off to pay respect to what’s so important to them, and hopefully they saw that tonight. I’m just so grateful, man. I’m trying my best to deserve it.”
On Saturday’s UFC fight between Joanna Jedrzejczyk and Rose Namajunas:
“Oh my god, I’m so proud of them. They’re such great representatives of the sport. They’re what that sport really needs — women like them. It’s just like a great sign for the future. Every sport has its peaks and valleys, but I think they’re a real testament to the staying power of the UFC.
If anything, it was like a blessing sending me on my way. They had this amazing match, everyone’s super stoked for them and the women’s division. It was just like their way of telling me, ‘Don’t worry, go handle your thing and do what you’re meant to do.'”
Rousey’s debut WWE match was a virtually unanimous success. Across the board, people are admitting to the world via social media that the match exceeded all expectations and that Rousey clearly has a bright future.
Rousey took to social media herself after the match to thank everyone for the experience:
— Ronda Rousey (@RondaRousey) April 9, 2018