As noted earlier, Ronda Rousey has no plans to wrestle full-time for WWE and from what she said on The Steve-O podcast, it is not guaranteed that she will be back.
Here is more of what she said on the podcast:
“I love the WWE. I had such a great time. I love all the girls in the locker room. “Like hell yeah, running out there and having like fake fights for fun is just the best thing, you know. I love choreography. I love acting, I love theatre. It’s live theater and some of the last forms of live theatre and it so fun. But, I was doing it basically part-time and I was away from home over 200 days a year and when I did get home, I was so sleep deprived because you just don’t have time to lay down. My back is broke so…my bottom vertebrae is like broken in half.”
Rousey said her she found out her back was broke before she got to WWE.
“I would be taking all these different kinds of bumps and stuff and I would basically when I was home, I would have to be laying on the bed with my legs elevated and the heat pack under my back with a Tempurpedic pillow under my neck because I have degenerative disc disorder in my neck.”
Rousey said she was always trying to recover when she had time off at home and she was on the road doing live shows. It is true that she did some live events but she was not working a full-time schedule like most of the WWE wrestlers.
Rousey continued, “If I did all of the live shows, I was only home a day and a half a week. It was just not worth it for my family because we were eliminating all of our expenses and living this lifestyle, we didn’t need it. We didn’t need the money. So it’s just like what am I doing it for if I am not being able to spend my time and my energy on my family, but instead spending my time on my energy on a bunch of f**king ungrateful fans that don’t even appreciate me?”
“The thing is I love performing, I love the girls. I love being out there but, at the end of the day, I was just like, ‘F**k these fans, dude.’ My family loves me and they appreciate me and I want all my energy to go into them. That was my decision at the end of the day. It’s like, ‘Hey girls, love what you’re doing. I’m gonna try and take all my momentum and push you guys as far as I can – fly little birds, fly! I’m going f**king home.’ And that was basically it.”
“If I ever do come back it will not be in a full-time capacity ever again.”
She said that she would return for chunks of time and not for “200 days a year” on the road.
Again, Ronda never worked 200 days a year for WWE. She worked a total of 70 matches from 2018 to 2019.
She was asked about the pay structure in WWE for wrestlers and said that WWE pay is more secure than combat sports. She named Corey Graves as someone who was transitioned into an announcer when his career ended due to concussions.
Listen to the full interview below.