Former wrestler Taz says Ronda Rousey taking time off from WWE is "tough" for veterans in the business, as well as the people who follow and respect it.
Rousey lost her Raw women's title to Becky Lynch at WrestleMania 35 earlier this month and is now set for a break, having basically told fans, via social media, that she's going to try to start a family with her husband Travis Browne.
It has also been reported that the female star broke her hand during her triple threat match at WrestleMania and could be out until next year as a result. She's been spotted wearing a cast in the wake of a surgery that reportedly took place on Tuesday.
Taz, though, says he appreciates that the UFC Hall of Famer has earned the right to take certain liberties but thinks it's still not all that respectful to take a break after a year.
“I gotta tell ya. It’s a little tough to swallow," he said on The Taz Show (h/t Wrestling Inc). "Because, look, she’s entitled to do whatever she wants, I understand that. But she’s been in the game for a year, and she’s got pushed to the moon, and skyrocketed because of her credibility and her legitimacy over the years in the MMA game and now is a UFC Hall of Famer and all these other great accolades she has.
"And she’s earned every one of them, I’m not knocking her for that. But to take a break from the business after a year is a little tough for a lot of the lifers in the game, and people who follow that business and respect the business.”
Taz also does not agree with the notion that Ronda kicked off the women's revolution in WWE, although he reckons she did a lot to help propel it forward.
“The revolution for women’s wrestling didn’t start with Ronda Rousey," he added. "It started way before that… Ronda Rousey definitely helped bring some casual fan awareness because of her star power as an MMA or UFC fighter, I get all that, and I think that’s cool. That was great, but, the women’s revolution for pro wrestling it started way before Ronda Rousey.”
What This Means
This one is all left to opinion and there are great arguments for either side. At the end of the day, though, life is short and if Ronda wants to start a family, who's to say she shouldn't?