Last week, former Raw Women's Champion Ronda Rousey sparked controversy in the professional wrestling world. As a guest on The Steve-O Podcast, Rousey said she would not return to WWE full-time because of "f*****g ungrateful fans" and described professional wrestling as "having fake fights for fun."
WWE Women's Tag Team Champion Alexa Bliss addressed The Rowdy One's comments during a recent interview with CBS Sports. Bliss said she had a lot of respect for Ronda but it was "kind of disrespectful" for her to call wrestling "fake." Alexa said the women Ronda worked with did a lot to make her look good in the ring, and that it was unfair to call wrestling fake, especially after all of the concussion issues Twisted Bliss has gone through in her career.
The five-time Women's champion said: "I'll just start by saying I like Ronda. We've always gotten along, I have a lot of respect for her and what she does and what she's been through. What she does in MMA and UFC, I've always been super supportive and everything like that. It was just the use of the word 'fake.' Especially because we welcomed Ronda with open arms. We all wanted to see her succeed, and whenever we would have a match, we would respect her UFC background and respect how she did certain things. We wanted to make an amazing story with amazing matches while meshing both styles of WWE and UFC together. I thought every girl that worked with her did an amazing job of that.
"But, with that, we had a whole documentary based on my concussions and how I didn't know if I was ever going to be medically-cleared. The thing is, you know, you're only as good as the person you're in the ring with. When you kind of bash the fans who were always really supportive and say what we do is fake, it's kind of disrespectful when we were so respectful of what she did coming in and we were respectful of her in WWE. Everyone was willing to help her succeed, you know? She did a lot for us, but we also did a lot for her. A lot of bodies laid on the path she walked on. So, to say what we do is fake is really unfair. Yes, the finish is scripted, we say that; it's protagonist, antagonist and conflict resolution. It's a story we're telling. My whole thing is ... if she comes back to WWE, great. We would all love to work with her again, I'm sure. Just limit the use of the 'F-word.'"