The Impact of Ronda Rousey’s Achievements and the Controversial Reception Surrounding Her, According to Shayna Baszler

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Shayna Baszler defeated Ronda Rousey at the WWE SummerSlam 2023 pay-per-view event in an MMA Rules match, with the finish coming when Baszler choked out Rousey until the latter passed out.

It was known heading into the match that Rousey was expected to take time off from WWE, with SummerSlam being her last match before she took the hiatus.


While speaking to WrestleZone for a new interview, Baszler talked about why she thinks some people don’t like Rousey. She said,

“I think Ronda Rousey is, I think she’s under-appreciated. I think people like to hate her for whatever reason, and it’s been that way in MMA — it’s because she doesn’t mince her words. People like to, because they don’t like her personally, they like to try to erase what she’s done for women’s sports, women’s combat sports, the UFC & WWE. They like to minimize that just because they don’t like her personally and I think that’s a shame. I might not be on the best terms [with her], but I will never deny that she did a lot for women’s combat sports. I think she’s under appreciated in some sense.”

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Shayna Baszler Defeats Ronda Rousey at WWE SummerSlam 2023

In a surprising turn of events, Shayna Baszler emerged victorious over Ronda Rousey at the WWE SummerSlam 2023 pay-per-view event. The match, which took place under MMA Rules, saw Baszler choke out Rousey until she passed out.

Prior to the match, it was widely known that Rousey would be taking a hiatus from WWE, with SummerSlam being her last appearance for the time being. However, the outcome of the match still came as a shock to many fans.

Following her victory, Baszler sat down for an interview with WrestleZone to discuss the reasons behind the dislike some people have for Rousey. Baszler expressed her belief that Rousey is under-appreciated and that people tend to hate her because she doesn’t mince her words.

Baszler went on to explain that despite any personal differences she may have with Rousey, she recognizes and acknowledges the significant contributions Rousey has made to women’s combat sports, both in the UFC and WWE. She believes that Rousey’s accomplishments should not be minimized simply because some people don’t like her personally.

The interview shed light on the complex relationship between Rousey and the public. While she has undoubtedly achieved great success and broken barriers for women in combat sports, Rousey has also faced criticism and backlash throughout her career.

It is important to remember that athletes, like any public figures, are subject to scrutiny and differing opinions. While some may appreciate Rousey’s impact on women’s sports, others may find fault with her outspoken nature or personal demeanor.

As fans continue to debate and discuss the outcome of the Baszler vs. Rousey match, it is crucial to recognize and appreciate the contributions both athletes have made to the world of professional wrestling and combat sports.

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