Ronda Rousey has explained why she was left feeling “bummed” despite successfully defending her SmackDown Women’s Championship at Survivor Series.
Rousey put her title on the line against Shotzi at Survivor Series WarGames and after making the tank-driving star submit to her armbar, she left the event still champion.
“We got all the awesome sh*t coming up and then Shotzi rolls me in the ring and they’re like, ‘Get out of there.’ They’re basically like, ‘Plan B, get out of there. We’re out of time, you gotta go.’ I’m like, ‘What!?’ And she was going up and I’m like, sorry girl and I had to run up and throw her down and throw her in the Piper’s armbar and get out of there.”
“Because that’s what they were telling me on my mics because I guess the match before us went over by like six minutes [AJ Styles vs. Finn Balor] and they were really concerned about going over on time and match after us was a three-way so they wouldn’t be able to communicate with each other.”
“[…] They couldn’t cut that out of [WarGames] so it was like the only place where they could get that time back. So, I was kind of bummed though because we worked on that match for two weeks and we were really excited about it and I feel like I really kind of failed Shotzi.”
“I really wanted to showcase her sh*t and make all of her sh*t look great and show everybody how great she is and that’s one of the main reasons I wanted to come back for this run is to showcase new talent and show people… And show everybody how great Liv [Morgan] is and Shotzi is and Raquel [Rodriguez] and Shayna [Baszler] and showcase all these women that haven’t been getting the attention that I think that they deserve and I failed.”
“But that wasn’t the match. That was the beginning of the match and I’m kind of bummed we’re getting judged from not really what we put together.”