Ronda Rousey spent the last two months leading into WrestleMania 35 talking smack about WWE and professional wrestling in general.
Real WWE fans know that she was playing the role of a heel and was doing what was needed to put heat on her heading into the match with Becky Lynch and Charlotte Flair.
However, there is a pocket of WWE fans who take everything at face value and believe everything they see on television represents how a performer really acts in real life.
That is not Ronda Rousey, as she was a performer with a great love for professional wrestling pulling out her inner Rowdy Roddy Piper to make fans hate her heading into the biggest WWE event of her career.
However, in a recent interview, Rousey might raise some eyes of all fans when she spoke out of character about WrestleMania 35 and the biggest match of her wrestling career.
“It was so fun for me. It felt big to headline WrestleMania,” Rousey said in an exclusive interview with Megan Olivi. “Me and Liz Carmouche felt bigger though.”
If fans are wondering who Liz Carmouche is, that is understandable.
Liz Carmouche is an MMA fighter who competes for UFC in their flyweight division. Carmouche and Rousey competed in the first-ever women’s MMA fight in the UFC.
Rousey came to UFC from Strikeforce, where she was their Women’s Bantamweight Champion. Dana White immediately named Rousey the first UFC women’s champion (also Bantamweight) and Carmouche was her first fight in UFC.
“For Carmouche, it was so many outside factors of like, the numbers had to do well and I had to win the match, but I had to win the match in an exciting way,” Rousey said. “There were just so many other different factors that I had to worry about and I feel like the stakes were higher in a way even though the venue and the audience was smaller.”
The fight took place at UFC 157 on Feb. 23, 2013, and Rousey won the fight in the first round at the 4:49 mark by submission (armbar).
It was a monster success. That fight had 450,000 people buying the PPV. The next event Rousey competed in was UFC 168 on Dec. 28, 2013, and she beat Miesha Tate in front of a PPV audience of 1.025 million viewers.
That is compared to WrestleMania 35, where the main event — for the first time in history — was a women’s match. That was something just as important for WWE. However, Rousey saw the UFC debut as something that determined the entire future of women’s MMA fighting.
“I just felt like me and Carmouche was the most pivotal moment, where everything had to happen that way or else women’s MMA would have ended before it started,” Rousey said.