In the latest captivating installment of his 83 Weeks Podcast, the enigmatic Eric Bischoff unraveled a tapestry of contemplation, weaving his insights across an array of subjects.
Within this auditory journey, Bischoff’s voice resonated with thoughts on Ronda Rousey, the luminous star who once graced both the octagon and the squared circle. As the conversation wove its intricate patterns, Bischoff’s words echoed a sentiment that whispered through the corridors of the wrestling world. He spoke of Rousey’s recent bout at SummerSlam, where her path intertwined with that of Shayna Baszler, and the aftermath that followed.
With candor unbound, Bischoff mused that the world might have witnessed the final curtain fall on Ronda Rousey’s WWE voyage. The loss that Rousey faced at the hands of Baszler, a bout orchestrated under the SummerSlam banner, had seemingly scribed a temporal hiatus onto the pages of Rousey’s wrestling narrative.
The rumor mill buzzed with whispers of Rousey’s detachment from the company’s embrace, a hiatus that echoed like the ephemeral hush between verses. Amidst these murmurs, Bischoff’s voice emerged, a harbinger of thoughts that held a certain clarity. In his eyes, Rousey’s journey within the WWE held no further obligation, no tether of necessity to hold her within its realm.
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As Rousey retreated from the spotlight, leaving the ring’s embrace behind, Bischoff’s words lingered like an echoing refrain, a contemplative observation that wandered beyond the mere cadence of sound. In his unique timbre, he raised the question that now lingered in the air: Was Rousey’s chapter within WWE truly at its end?
“I agree—nothing against Rhonda. I don’t know her personally, but eh, it’s been ever since she got there, in my opinion, a lot of buildup and hype. I mean, she’s obviously a big personality, very credentialed, and has done many great things. But I’ve never felt like Ronda wanted to be there. I felt like it was a great opportunity for Ronda, and I think Ronda wanted that opportunity, but from day one, I never felt like she wanted to be there. Well, here’s, I hope she’s done. I’ll talk about, for me my perspective. Once I watched Holly Holm ab destroy Ronda, and you saw the fear and weakness, and you saw it in her eyes. When Rhonda got kicked in the head and pounded, she went from being this incredibly cool, badass woman you saw. You could smell the fear in her eyes. That’s how intense it was. She lost her mystique for me at that moment. Maybe too many WWE fans, but that wasn’t a big deal, and she was coming over with that UFC persona. But that mystique stayed once you’ve been exposed as badly as Holly Holm exposed Ronda. That mystique left her in UFC, and she couldn’t bring that over. And that’s not the end of the world. If you can find yourself, if you can find yourself in WWE, if you can find a new character if you could almost allow the audience to forget that you got your ass embarrassingly handed to you and your last fight, you, you can get over that if you embrace what you’re doing. But to me, Ronda kept trying to continue a character that no longer existed because it was exposed, and she didn’t appear to be somebody that was having fun, having fun doing what she was doing. She was going through the motions of doing this, what she needed to do contractually to make as much money as she did. And she was very professional. Don’t get me wrong. I’m not taking anything away from her effort. But something was missing for me when Ronda came over to WWE and me. It was a lack of commitment.”