Ronda Rousey was a controversial figure during her time in WWE, but Raquel Rodriguez didn’t see her that way.
Rousey’s time in WWE was mired with contentious fan reactions, to say the least. Her debut took place immediately after Asuka won the first-ever women’s Royal Rumble match, effectively overshadowing Asuka’s win in the process.
Over the years, Rousey was given a prominent role in WWE and was positioned as the most legitimate, dangerous, and unstoppable force in the entire women’s division.
However, her contributions to the company weren’t always seen positively. Some fans felt that her output as a performer didn’t live up to the hype, to the point that she was voted Most Overrated wrestler of 2022 by the Wrestling Observer’s readership.
But one person who didn’t have any problems with Rousey was Raquel Rodriguez, who explained her position on an episode of Eat, Sleep, Podcast, Repeat.
“Ronda is great. I’ve had no bad experiences with Ronda. I think she’s also been very willing to put herself into a business that she doesn’t have much knowledge in, but she’s also been willing to help the rest of us along the way too, and elevate a lot of the women in the division. She wants a lot for the women in the division, I’ll say that. She does care about the women’s division for WWE.”
Raquel Rodriguez says she learned different things wrestling Ronda Rousey
Additionally, Rodriguez is proud to have competed against Rousey because she learned new things by being in the ring with someone very different from almost everyone else in WWE.
“It’s really great to work with someone like Ronda because she’s such an amazing athlete. Stepping in the ring with her is very intimidating in itself, but having someone who moves differently and has a different mentality almost makes you want to step up your game and be creative. You have to step out of your box when you’re facing someone like Ronda.”
Ronda Rousey’s last match was against Shayna Baszler at SummerSlam, however, that match wasn’t the big sendoff she wanted because it was said to have been plagued by creative problems.