Ronda Rousey fulfilled her one year as a full-time WWE Superstar and now she has taken time off in order to start a family with her husband Travis Browne. While it is unknown when she will be making her return to WWE, wrestling was still much easier for her than MMA.
Rousey spoke to UFC’s Megan Olivi, where she talked about the differences between preparing herself for a fight in MMA compared to wrestling in a match in WWE. She also admitted that she got “the easy version” of WWE as she didn’t have to make all of the road dates as a full-time Superstar.
“It’s physical in a different way, the stress from fighting is much, much more,” Rousey said. “The training camp, the weeks leading up to it, the press, and going to sleep every night thinking about it. That’s the real wear and tear, not so much the physical part of it. With fights you assume, ‘Okay, I’ll give myself at least a month to recover after that.’ It’s a peaking system, you allow yourself to peak and crash. With WWE it’s just a grind and it’s non-stop, I did the easy version, everybody else does 300 days a year. Their bodies don’t get to rest as much as ours in MMA, but their minds get to rest a lot more in MMA I feel like. There’s no pressure on anything.”
Ronda Rousey had a solid first year in WWE, with a highlight being her taking part in the main event of Wrestlemania, that featured only women.
The landscape of the WWE women’s division will be very different once Ronda Rousey makes her return.
h/t to Wrestling Inc for the transcription.