Ross has been working in the pro wrestling business over forty years. Yet it appears that the recent debut of Rousey at WrestleMania 34 has topped all others.
Here is what Ross had to say:
“I thought that Ronda’s debut was the most impactful pro wrestling debut that I have seen in my 40-plus year career. If you look at her skill set, experience-wise, from this genre in pro wrestling, it was almost non-existent. But she had so much pressure on her. The hype was amazing. The expectations were mixed. Some die-hard wrestling fans don’t even like her being there, which is absolutely insane. They are [sic] and goofy, no doubt about that. So, I was absolutely blown away by what she did and how she executed. She looked like an athlete; we knew she is an athlete. She’s a winner.”
Regarding people who use Rousey’s two UFC losses against her, Ross explained that it means nothing:
“Now look, some say, well, she lost her last two fights. Kiss my a**. How’s that? C’mon. She won a lot of fights, guys. You know what I mean? She’s a winner. She goes to the Olympics and medals. She’s a winner. So I knew that she was not going to drop the ball.”
Finally, Ross believes Rousey handled the pressure of performing in front of 70 thousand fans really well:
“It’s WrestleMania, guys. If you’re an MMA fan, then you say, ‘Well, what does it matter? It’s still pro wrestling.’ There was almost 80,000 people there. She had so much pressure at this massive event, it would’ve been very easy for her to slip the bit and not have a great outing. If she continues to train as diligently and as ferociously as she has been, the sky’s the limit for her. She can be really, really good.”
Below we’ve featured a highlight from Rousey’s debut match against Stephanie McMahon and Triple H below, as she teamed with Kurt Angle:
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