Ronda Rousey Pushed For WrestleMania Match Despite Injury
A new report has given some insight into Ronda Rousey’s mindset going into the WrestleMania 39 tag team match that she won.
Ronda Rousey may be a Women’s Tag Team Champion in WWE right now if not for injury. Several reports going into WrestleMania 39 made it clear that Rousey was focused on becoming a WWE Women’s Tag Team Champion with best friend Shayna Baszler, but it hasn’t happened yet.
When fans last saw Ronda Rousey on WWE TV was at WrestleMania 39 as part of a Fatal 4-Way Women’s Showcase Match. The four teams were Rousey & Shayna Baszler, Raquel Rodriguez & Liv Morgan, Chelsea Green & Sonya Deville and Natalya & Shotzi in a match where the first fall gets the win.
The 4-Way match only went about nine minutes with Ronda Rousey barely doing anything due to her broken left forearm. Rousey’s tag team partner Baszler suffered some sort of right foot injury and finished the match without her shoe on. Rousey tagged in at the finish and applied an armbar to Shotzi for the submission win.
The Wrestling Observer Newsletter’s Dave Meltzer wrote that Rousey is still not ready to return while adding that Rousey pushed to be included in the WrestleMania match.
“The Rousey & Baszler chase of the women’s tag title is on hold because Rousey is still out of action with her broken forearm. She did WrestleMania because it was WrestleMania in Los Angeles but was clearly not ready and still isn’t ready to return. It was noted to us that her mentality regarding the injury was basically “F*** it,” she’s doing WrestleMania no matter what, basically because of her mentality from both herself and her mom regarding competing in real sports while injured.”
Going into the WrestleMania 39 tag team match, Ronda Rousey shared some details about her injuries in a post on Instagram. This is part of what she wrote:
“How do you train with no ACL or cartilage in your right knee as well as a fractured radius? Focus on what you CAN do – I have some of the most versatile training routines on earth, I need to do PT, build strength, retain flexibility, and train technique across multiple disciplines – sometimes all in a single session.”
“Well, after thousands of dislocations (I thought not tapping out to armbars and tearing ligaments was cool in my teens) my elbow finally fractured simply by slapping the mat in Rockford, Illinois- right before Wrestlemania.”
“The only thing saving these chicks now are the doctors not letting me compete. Well ladies, they can’t keep me away forever, I’m not moping, vengeance is coming.”
During her WWE career so far, Ronda Rousey is a former Raw & Smackdown Women’s Champion as well as a Royal Rumble winner. While Rousey has yet to be a Women’s Tag Team Champion in WWE, that’s likely going to happen soon for the former MMA star.