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REPORT: Ronda Rousey's comments on wrestling not a storyline, backstage news on why she's negative towards WWE fans



There are some fans on social media questioning whether Ronda Rousey's recent comments about pro wrestling and the wrestlers in WWE are part of a work to build towards her return or if she genuinely feels that way.

Lana, Alexa Bliss, and Nia Jax have taken to social media to react to Rousey calling pro wrestling "fake fights" and to some people, it may seem like this is all a storyline but Dave Meltzer noted on the Wrestling Observer Forum that this is not the case.

Meltzer said that everything Rousey said on Steve-O's podcast is her "honest feelings" and she really does feel that the fans are ungrateful.

"It's not a work," Meltzer said on Wrestling Observer Radio. "I knew when the Los Angeles fans booed Ronda Rousey and when that Charlotte Flair angle happened. Where Charlotte Flair turned heel on her and they all cheered for Charlotte Flair and they were chanting 'you deserve it' when Charlotte beat the hell out of her and she took that beating to get the angle over so the fans would have something believable and the fans changed 'you deserve it at her.' I knew that at that point everything changed."

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Meltzer added, "You've got to remember that her and Shayna, their mentality [when they signed with WWE] was the UFC fans are the worst and the WWE fans are the best and it went good and Ronda comes in and everybody cheered her and she was so popular. It was all going along well until that angle ... I knew that was going to strike a chord with her and it did and they turned her heel, which was not the plan. But they went with it and yeah, that 's her feelings and that's just how she is wired. She's very competitive."

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Meltzer also commented on Rousey saying that if she returned to WWE then it would only be for small chunks of time for something big like WrestleMania.

"She was never going to go back full-time," Meltzer said. "The whole thing was that she was giving them one year of her life and the idea was to essentially springboard women's wrestling. In her mind when it came to UFC, at the end of the day, she won a bunch of fights and she lost two fights. But her lasting legacy is every single women's fight on every single show because without her, who knows if that would have happened."

Meltzer noted that maybe women's fights in UFC would have happened eventually but Dana White was negative on the idea. It was Rousey who convinced him to put on women's fights and Rousey felt that she was able to elevate the women in WWE like she did in UFC. Meltzer that women being in the main event at WrestleMania and women getting seven-figure downside guarantees in WWE probably happened because of Ronda. Sasha Banks, Charlotte Flair and Becky Lynch are believed to be making over a million dollars per year on their downside guarantee.

Meltzer also said that he believes she will be at next year's WrestleMania in Los Angeles but he doesn't expect her back anytime soon.

The turning point for Rousey when the fans began to turn on her happened towards the end of her match with Charlotte at Survivor Series 2018 in Los Angeles. You can see the match below. Scroll towards the end to see the part where the fans cheered Charlotte (who was turning heel) and turned against Ronda.

You can click here to see what Lana, Alexa Bliss, Nia Jax (and Rousey's reaction) said today.