As WWE and the Superstars who will be appearing at WrestleMania 34 creep closer and closer to the show, they'll be expected to make the media rounds promoting their respective matches and the spectacle that is WrestleMania. Ronda Rousey is one of the WWE's newest and most popular acquisitions and as such, she may be doing more video, radio and media interviews than most. Not all of those interviews will go perfectly.
Considering Rousey comes from an MMA background and much of her buzz is created from the fact she came from the UFC to WWE, it's natural that people interviewing her might have a few questions as it relates to her time in the octagon. Apparently, she doesn't want to talk much about her UFC days, or at least to the people who ask bafoon-like questions about it.
Rousey appeared on the ESPN show Golic and Wingo and had a crazy exchange with co-host Mike Golic, as seen at the 30-second mark of the following video:
One of the questions Golic asked was when Rousey knew she was ready to retire from MMA. Rousey quickly responded with, "I never said that." Obviously opening the floor to a little follow-up questioning, Golic saw the opportunity to have Rousey expand on the fact that she may not be finished with MMA. He added, "Ah so there's a possibility you could go back in time..."
The question itself was not phrased well but it's difficult to know if Rousey was annoyed by the fact the host wanted to focus on her MMA time when she was there to promote her WWE work or if she didn't understand the question, but she immediately changed her tone and you could tell the interview was quickly going down the wrong path.
Rousey sarcastically asked,"There's a possibility I could go back in time?" to which Golic tried to clarify, "Go back in time and fight. Go back in the Octagon."
"I do not have the ability to go back in time, no," balked Rousey.
The interview ended not long afterward and social media had some fun with the exchange. Some were on the side of Rousey and some on the side of Golic. It was clear WWE fans were not fond of the way their new female star was treated while wrestling outsiders seemed to think that Rousey should have expected the line of questioning.
Why does Ronda Rousey do interviews? She CLEARLY hates doing them. She doesn't want to talk about her fighting career and that's OBVIOUSLY what hosts want to talk about it.— Matt Perrault (@sportstalkmatt) March 27, 2018
One thing is for certain. If Rousey is going to be the spectacle WWE wants her to be, she'll be doing many more interviews like this. Really, this particular incident is more funny than damaging and it shows Rousey is fully committed to her WWE tenure and this is only a good thing for WWE fans who don't want to hear that she may be a short-term WWE idea.
Whether she actually returns to MMA will remain to be seen but she clearly wants not to shut the door on that option down the road.
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