One WWE Hall of Famer remains unconvinced by Ronda Rousey.
On November 17th, Ronda Rousey made a surprise appearance at the Ring of Honor tapings, teaming with Marina Shafir to take on Athena and Billie Starkz. The match continued Rousey’s return to the ring following her departure from WWE in August.
The appearance stunned fans, given that Rousey has enjoyed life as a high-profile star since standing tall in UFC a decade ago.
Speaking on 83 Weeks, Eric Bischoff gave his thoughts on the appearance, commenting that the theory might be better than the execution. Bischoff added that he feels Rousey thinks she’s a bigger star than she actually is.
“Eh. I think she’s, I don’t want to say overrated, but I think in terms of the professional wrestling industry, she’s overrated. An obviously very accomplished mixed martial artist, very accomplished at judo. Phenomenal athlete.
But she never clicked for me in WWE, despite a push from the gods. She got an amazing push, but there was something lacking with her, and she never clicked with me. I don’t think she really clicked with the audience. Not long after she first arrived, I think the shine kind of wore off the star pretty quickly, and I never got the feeling that she was really serious about the industry.
Don’t get me wrong, not in terms of her performances or what she put in. Not suggesting she didn’t put in her full effort, but it takes more than that, and I never really felt like she embraced the business. After Holly Holm knocked her out decidedly, she left there, kind of whined about it a little bit. Not someone who handled the loss well in the media. Then she segued into WWE, and I don’t know.
I just don’t think she’s as big a name as people sometimes think she is. I think she mattered to a buyer. I don’t think that there’s going to be a media buyer out there or a programming buyer out there that’s going, ‘Oh, wait, you got Ronda Rousey? I too wasn’t sure about this deal, but now I really want to do it.’ I don’t see that,”
Is Ronda Rousey Signed To AEW?
After her appearance for ROH, fans began to wonder whether Rousey could be signed to AEW. Speaking at the Full Gear media scrum, Tony Khan revealed he hasn’t signed Ronda Rousey, but said they’d had a good conversation about working together.
H/t to Fightful