At The Rumble, Ronda Rousey was “very defensive,” but she misread the crowd’s reaction at first. She also discussed how she felt heading into the RAW Women’s Championship match with Becky Lynch the next night.
Ronda Rousey on getting ‘boos’ from the WWE Universe
Rousey stated that she was struggling with a shattered knuckle when she left WWE and walked out of WrestleMania 35 and that everyone was booing her out of the stadium. “F these people,” she thought to herself, and she couldn’t wait to get home. Rousey mentioned how she was booed out of venues for months after leaving WWE, and that one of the most unpleasant and deceptive sensations she’s ever had was when she had to be a babyface and the fans were still hateful, and she couldn’t tell them how she felt.
Ronda then spoke about coming back to Raw and being in the same ring with Becky Lynch. So when I found out Becky was going to be there, I thought to myself, ‘OK, this is when they’re going to troll me the most.’ They’re going to try to shout ‘Becky’ every time I open my mouth at this point. This is when they’ll start yelling the most heinous things they can think of.
“This is when they’re going to start bringing the posters that say the most hurtful things they can think of. And so I came out anticipating that. I mean, everything went fine. Of course, there was like those three or four guys on the floor that were just like screaming as I was talking. And I really just had to concentrate to like block them out.”
Vince McMahon gave a meaningful advice to Rousey
So I went and talked to Vince,” she recalled. “He was like, ‘That was fantastic. Just — you need to smile.’ I was telling him like, ‘You know, they were booing me on the way out of every stadium.’
“He’s like, ‘Yeah, but they’ve forgiven you for that.’ I’m like, ‘Well, I haven’t forgiven them.’ And he goes, ‘But it’s not about you. It’s about them.’ It was like such a good point that I’d been thinking about myself and how this relates to myself, and I was forgetting that this is a show about entertaining them.”
During Night One of WrestleMania 38, Rousey will face SmackDown Women’s Champion Charlotte Flair. WWE is set to feature the match as the main event on Wrestlemania Saturday.