Triple H has admitted he wants controversial star Ronda Rousey to return to the WWE, despite her recent comments lashing out at the organization.
Rousey caused a lot of controversies when she discussed her stint in the WWE recently. She called fans ungrateful, as well as claiming the action was ‘fake’, which is in strong contrast to her UFC background. Despite this, she clearly enjoyed her spell there but does not seem intent on going back anytime soon.
“Running out there and having fake fights for fun is just the best thing,” she said on Wild Ride With Steve O. “I love choreography. I love acting. I love theater. Live theater and some of the last forms of live theater.”
That caused quite a backlash from fellow WWE stars, including tag team champion Alexa Bliss, who hit out at the ‘fake fighting’ claims. It seemed the rift between Rousey and the WWE was opening, but Triple H is keen to see ‘Rowdy’ Ronda back in the squared circle soon. Indeed, he even went as far as to suggest it could be part of an act promoting her brand.
“I think Ronda’s in a place in her personal life where she’s figuring some things out,” he said after hearing her comments.
“But, the thing with Ronda is you never know what she is saying. Is she attacking the business really or is she attacking the business because she knows that’s what will light up the fans that love the business?”
When asked if he’d have her back, the son-in-law of WWE mastermind Vince McMahon was unequivocal in his response.
“We still have a great relationship on everything [with Ronda] and when she is ready, absolutely.”
Rousey made her name fighting ‘for real’ in the UFC, with a string of impressive results behind her, going 12 matches undefeated after entering MMA’s biggest promotion. Bwin’s UFC champions infographic shows how she is still the second longest-reigning female champion of all-time. After defeats against Holly Holm and Amanda Nunes, she looked to pursue other avenues outside of the Octagon. She later admitted her heart had not been fully in her UFC career towards the end, which led her to the WWE.
She entered the WWE as a baby face, a fan favorite, and earned high praise for her coordination and her delivery of promos, hyping fights and building her character. She was billed as ‘Rowdy’ Ronda Rousey, taking the name of legendary star Roddy Piper, who was also a natural in the ring. After winning the Raw Championship, she successfully defended it several times, eventually turning heel in March 2019. Her appearance at WrestleMania 35 proved to be her last; she lost via pin fall to Becky Lynch but correctly asserted that her shoulders had not been down for the full three-count in front of the crowd. It seemed like the start of another angle and feud with Lynch, but Rousey has not been seen since.
She is now taking time out of the industry to start a family, but clearly, the door has been left open for her and maybe her recent comments are all part of a sensational return at an event in the future.