Kurt Angle offers high praise for Ronda Rousey’s incredible first year in WWE.
Angle recently spoke with Denise Salcedo for Instinct Culture and praised Ronda Rousey for her impressive rookie year in WWE. Angle says her work in the year she was in WWE is “incomparable” and went as far as saying she had a better rookie campaign than Brock Lesnar or himself.
“She did an excellent job. The one thing Ronda didn’t do that she could/will do if she comes back, is that she never mastered the business. Because she wasn’t in that long enough and what she did that whole year is incomparable. She dominated and she put on great performances… but we had to tell her, this is what you’re going to do here, this is what you’re going to do there. We had to give her step by step instructions and go over it with her for multiple days, so she would be ready for the match, so she knew everything that was gonna go on. In the business once you get experience, which Ronda was getting it in the end before she left; you learn how to improvise and work on the fly.
“You come up with 50% of the match and then the other 50% you make it up as you go along…Ronda didn’t get the opportunity to learn that but what she did in her first year, I would even say she had a better first year than Brock Lesnar or myself. I think she did incredibly well. But I think that WWE did an incredible job getting her ready for it… Ronda Rousey isn’t just a plus for the women, she was a plus for the whole company. Whatever amount she got paid, I am sure it was a lot, she deserved it. Ronda is a household name, everybody knows who she is, everybody loves her and she made a big impact in the business and she deserves to have that notoriety. She’s one of the biggest names we’ve ever had, you can’t deny that. She was easy to work with, I love the girl, I consider her my sister.”
Rousey made her official in-ring debut at WrestleMania 34, teaming with Angle against Triple H and Stephanie McMahon. She went on to win the RAW Women’s Championship, holding it for 231 days until losing to Becky Lynch at WrestleMania 35.
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