WWE Hall of Famer Booker T believes Ronda Rousey owes WWE Superstars and fans an apology for comments she made last week.
During an interview on the Wild Ride! with Steve-O podcast, Rousey referred to WWE as "fake fights for fun." Several female wrestlers in WWE took issue with what she said, and Booker called for the former UFC women's bantamweight champion and WWE Raw women's champion to make amends.
While discussing the subject during his Hall of Fame with Booker T podcast (h/t 411 Mania), Booker said:
"To slap all those ladies in the face that made her look so good after receiving that check from this fake business, a check that, like I said, being put in a position where she was the women's champion, she was in the main event at WrestleMania, that speaks volumes. And there are so many ladies in that locker room that really work really, really hard, work their asses off to actually get to that spot, like a Nia Jax, that never had got that kind of praise since she been there. And then someone walk from outside inside to this world and get it, it really is a slap in the face and I just think Ronda, she needs to apologize first and foremost."
Rousey spent one year in WWE as an active performer and accomplished some impressive feats during that time, including being part of the first women's match to ever headline WrestleMania when she faced Becky Lynch and Charlotte Flair in the main event of WrestleMania 35 last year.
Since losing that match to Lynch, Rousey has not appeared on WWE programming.
In addition to calling WWE "fake," Rousey said that part of the reason why she hasn't returned to WWE is that she would rather spend time with her family than "f--king ungrateful" fans.
Rousey also noted that the WWE schedule took a toll on her:
"I love the WWE. I had such a great time. I love all the girls in the locker room. Running out there and having fake fights for fun is just the best thing. I love choreography. I love acting. I love theater. Live theater and some of the last forms of live theater. But, I was doing basically part-time and I was away from home 200 days out of the year. And when I did get home, I was so sleep deprived cause you just don't have time to lay down."
After Rousey referred to pro wrestling as "fake," current WWE Superstars Lana and Alexa Bliss were among those who seemed to take aim at her comments on Twitter:
Despite that, Rousey doubled down with a tweet of her own:
In a subsequent tweet, however, Rousey seemed to suggest that she was merely playing up the heel character she created before taking a hiatus from WWE:
With fans firmly on Lynch's side, Rousey turned heel prior to WrestleMania 35, and she did well in that role. She often used social media to further her character during that time as well.
On the heels of Becky beating Rousey's real-life friend, Shayna Baszler, at WrestleMania 36, perhaps Rousey's comments are her way of getting back into the fold and potentially setting up an eventual rematch with The Man.
If that is the case, then she may have to explain herself to the rest of the locker room when the time comes to return, but her peers may be forgiving because of the amount of attention and media coverage she brings to the WWE women's division when she is around.
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