Ronda Rousey has previously opened up about her relationship with WWE fans and taking criticism personally. She started to get booed by fans towards the end of her first run.
WWE later turned her into a heel, but she held a grudge. This is something she talked about in a new video on her YouTube channel. Rousey started out by noting that when she walked out of WrestleMania 35, she had a shattered knuckle and couldn’t even put her hand on her hip.
"Everyone was booing me out of the stadium. I was just like, 'man, f**k these people, I can't wait to go home.' A lot of people forget because they weren’t there and they have short memories of these kinds of things. When I left WWE, I had been getting booed out of the stadium every day for months. I think one of the most uncomfortable and disingenuous I've ever felt was when I had to be a babyface and the crowd was being hostile towards me. I couldn't just tell them exactly what I f**king felt. I was stuck between 'do I stay true to myself until these people f**k themselves or do I, respect Vince, who has done so much for me, and not go against what he wants me to do?' So when I finally got to turn heel, I loved it because I felt like it kind of finally got to be myself.
I really missed wrestling, I did, and I wanted to come back. I knew I was coming back or I thought I did to the animosity that I left. I came out feeling super defensive from the beginning. At the Rumble, it wasn't like that, but I just assumed the reaction was from the surprise. So coming out to Raw and Becky [Lynch] was gonna be there. I was like, 'okay, this is when they're gonna troll on me the most. This is when they're going to try and chant 'Becky' every single time I open my mouth. This is the time they're going to start screaming the most hurtful things they can.' This is when they’re going to bring the posters with the most hurtful things they can think of. I came out anticipating that, and everything went fine. Of course, there were like those three or four guys on the floor that were just screaming as I was talking and I really just had to concentrate to block them out."
"I got through it and I came out and [Paul] Heyman was like, 'you did great, but I'm gonna tell you, he's gonna tell you one thing, to smile.' I'm like, okay, so I go talk to Vince [and] he was like, 'that was fantastic. I just need you to smile.' Now I was telling him like, 'they were booing me on the way out of every stadium. He's like, 'yeah, but they've forgiven you for that.' I'm like, 'Well, I haven't forgiven them,' and he goes, 'but it's not about you. It's about them.' It was such a good point that I'd been thinking about myself and how it relates to myself, and I was forgetting that this is a show about entertaining them. I’m like, ‘I got the jitters out, my first performance out of the way, my first promo out of the way.’ Going into SmackDown next Friday I’m like, “I’m not going to come out all guarded and defensive.' I’m just going to go out and feel the crowd and be a part of it.”
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