- Rousey won several championships in WWE but left for a second time in 2023
- She was one of a number of former MMA stars who had tried their hand in WWE
- There has been varied success, with likes of Brock Lesnar and Matt Riddle trying
Seth Rollins has suggested what the real reason for Ronda Rousey’s WWE exit could be.
Rousey seemed set for a prolonged second run with the company after returning at – and winning – the women’s Royal Rumble in 2022 and going onto hold the SmackDown Women’s Championship and Women’s Tag Team Championship.
But she left for a second time late last year, later appearing in Wrestling Revolver and Ring of Honor despite claiming she had retired.
Her original run in WWE lasted from 2017 to 2019, and it was suggested that she could go onto have a long career in the sport having made her name for herself in the UFC and looked a natural as a professional wrestler.
Things haven’t worked out so far for the 37-year-old in the squared circle, and there could be one particular reason why. WWE World Heavyweight Champion Seth Rollins, speaking to ESPN, explained what that is.
Seth Rollins has suggested the real reason why Ronda Rousey left WWE for a second time
Rousey won a number of championships in the company in her two runs but now seems to have left for good
Her last match was against real-life friend and fellow former MMA star Shayna Baszler (left)
‘They don’t have the stamina for it, he said. ‘They don’t fight every single weekend. This championship goes everywhere. It goes everywhere. It goes to like Biloxi.
‘Especially the top stars over there, they are catered to a certain way. That’s great, that’s their style, that’s what works for them, I understand that, you fight maybe once or twice a year. You’re crazy, you fight three times a year. To fight over 100 times a year, make all those towns, still be able to train, still be able to do all the media, it’s an exhausting industry.
‘I don’t want to knock Ronda Rousey because I love Ronda and she did a lot for our industry, women in our industry, and the fight industry in general, but it was tough for Ronda. She tried her damndest and it was hard for her.
‘I’d love for somebody to come over and take a crack if you think you can hang, but it’s hard.’
Rousey tasted success in the UFC, becoming the first UFC Women’s Bantamweight Champion
She left in 2016 and claimed to have retired before trying her hand at professional wrestling
MMA stars making the transition to WWE have had varied success, with the likes of Brock Lesnar starring as a champion and forging a career in both companies.
Rousey, alongside the likes of Matt Riddle, however, haven’t had as much of a positive time of things despite showing initial potential, and it remains unclear if stars such as Shayna Baszler and Paige Vanzant will make it as a performer.
CM Punk, meanwhile, tried his hand at UFC following a successful career as a wrestler, going the other way to what is the traditional route, and lost both his fights before returning to wrestling.