Following an appearance on Steve-O’s Wild Ride, Ronda Rousey gained backlash for describing professional wrestling as fake from many within the industry.
Nia Jax went so far as to say she would risk her job security for the opportunity to knock out the UFC Hall of Famer inside of the squared circle.
I can’t wait for Ronda 2 one day return 2 WWE. Even if WWE orders me to make Ronda look good in the ring, which is the ONLY way for Ronda 2 look good in the ring w/me. I’ll risk my job 2 go down in history as the one from this biz that knocked her the F**K out! #TestMeBitch
— 🌺 (@NiaJaxWWE) April 11, 2020
Alexa Bliss opened up to CBS Sports about the recent Rousey controversy, admitting that she actually likes Ronda but given all of her personal issues with concussions, she wishes she would be a little more selective about her wording when describing the wrestling industry.
“I’ll just start by saying I like Ronda,” said Bliss. “We’ve always gotten along, I have a lot of respect for her and what she does and what she’s been through. What she does in MMA and UFC, I’ve always been super supportive and everything like that. It was just the use of the word ‘fake.’ Especially because we welcomed Ronda with open arms. We all wanted to see her succeed, and whenever we would have a match, we would respect her UFC background and respect how she did certain things. We wanted to make an amazing story with amazing matches while meshing both styles of WWE and UFC together. I thought every girl that worked with her did an amazing job of that.
Bliss continued, “But, with that, we had a whole documentary based on my concussions and how I didn’t know if I was ever going to be medically-cleared. The thing is, you know, you’re only as good as the person you’re in the ring with. When you kind of bash the fans who were always really supportive and say what we do is fake, it’s kind of disrespectful when we were so respectful of what she did coming in and we were respectful of her in WWE. Everyone was willing to help her succeed, you know? She did a lot for us, but we also did a lot for her. A lot of bodies laid on the path she walked on. So, to say what we do is fake is really unfair. Yes, the finish is scripted, we say that; it’s protagonist, antagonist and conflict resolution. It’s a story we’re telling. My whole thing is … if she comes back to WWE? Great. We would all love to work with her again, I’m sure. Just limit the use of the ‘F-word.’”
You can read the full interview at this link.