WWE Hall of Famer Mark Henry gave his take on an interesting situation involving WWE Raw Women’s Champion Ronda Rousey during a recent episode of Sirius XM’s Busted Open Radio.
When Rousey first came into the WWE last year, she was a fan favorite and has since been over with the WWE audience. However, that all changed when WWE decided to pair her up with former WWE SmackDown Women’s Champion Becky Lynch for a program leading to a match at the biggest event of the year, WrestleMania 35. Obviously, fans are behind Lynch the most and see her as the biggest star in the company right now.
In the eyes of Henry, he thinks that Rousey falls under the same category as Michael Jordan, and suffers from the greatness hate.
“Ronda falls under the same category as Michael Jordan, she falls in the same category as Larry Bird, and LeBron [James], and guys that are Kevin Duran, like, she is great!” Henry exclaimed. “She suffers from the greatness hate. Brady has been to the Superbowl nine times, he’s won five of nine. There’s a lot of quarterbacks that never get to go to a Superbowl. Why would you ever hate somebody that was better than Joe Montana? Yeah, I said it! [Brady] was better than Joe Montana. And Ronda is getting the great hate, and we’ll talk about that later, but I’m just saying, of course there’s gonna be people that has animosity against her. Because she earned a level of respect that most of us will never see.”
“[Rousey] shows up at the airport, ‘Hey Ms. Rousey, can I get your bags?,'” Henry imitated. “You get to the car, ‘Can I stop and can I get you anything? You want something to drink? You want something to eat? You need to stop and use the restroom – anything you need, just let me know. I’m here for you.’ You walk in the room, you bypass all the tables and you go to the front. ‘Oh, I’m sorry, you’re not in the front. We’re gonna put you on stage.’ Ronda’s getting the level of attention and the level of greatness that people will never ever see. Even the best won’t see that kind of stuff because there’s only a few Muhammad Ali’s, there’s only a few Michael Jordans, and there’s a Ronda Rousey. And for somebody to hate that means they’re, 1. jealous, 2. not understanding of what greatness looks like up close.”
You can listen to the entire interview by clicking on the player below:
"Ronda is getting a level of attention and a level of greatness that people may never see."@TheMarkHenry explains why @RondaRousey is suffering through "greatness hate" similarly to Tom Brady. pic.twitter.com/jmN9uR0ffe
— SiriusXM Busted Open (@BustedOpenRadio) January 29, 2019
H/T to Wrestling Inc for the transcript