The pro wrestling trade is one that takes years to master. Well, for most people. Some take to the business like a duck to water. Those people tend to go to do big things in the industry. They also tend to come from athletic backgrounds which gives them something of a head start. Kurt Angle and Brock Lesnar, for instance.
Angle won a gold medal in wrestling at the 1996 Olympic Games. After hanging up his amateur singlet, he tried his hand at professional wrestling. Many say Angle picked up the business faster than anyone in history. Lesnar, who was an NCAA champion, is another who receives that compliment on a regular basis. However, Angle believes there is somebody who did it better.
That somebody is Ronda Rousey. While speaking with Denise Salcedo for Instinct Culture, Angle showered Rousey with praise. “What she did in her first year, I would even say she had a better first year than Brock Lesnar or myself,” Angle said. He did lay out that it took a lot of prep to get Rousey ready for her first match at WrestleMania 34, and she didn’t stick around long enough to master the improvisation side of the business.
“Ronda was getting it in the end before she left; you learn how to improvise and work on the fly,” Angle said when discussing what Rousey still needs to learn. Rousey’s stay in WWE from her first match to her last was almost a year to the day. She held the Raw Women’s Title for most of that stay before being beaten for it by Becky Lynch on her last night with the company.
Rousey’s future and contract with WWE is somewhat of a mystery right now. The former UFC Champion left to start a family, but that hasn’t happened yet. There were also rumors of her returning earlier this year, but that those plans may have been scuppered by the pandemic. We would love to see her have a second run in WWE and continue to build on what might well have been the best debut year in wrestling history.
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