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Why are we letting her do this to us? Why are we allowing her to insult us? Why are we allowing Ronda Rousey to do what she is doing? We are all complicit in this because we allow her to constantly insult us.
Quick confession: I’m not a Becky Lynch fan. I find the Lynch gimmick to be a little too derivative for my taste. If you like Lynch, more power to you, but I don’t and I want to get that out there because I’m not writing this from a “Pro Becky/Anti Ronda” perspective.
My perspective is simple: Ronda Rousey is bad for professional wrestling because she doesn’t respect it and she does not respect what it stands for. Ronda Rousey is in business for herself and only herself. This is worse than anything Vince McMahon and Roman Reigns could put together, yet I don’t hear the outrage.
It’s fascinating to think of why. Is she “cooler” than Reigns because she had the UFC Title? Is she more “real” than Reigns? I don’t know the exact reason, but I do know that she comes on television, looks at the crowd, and basically says that we all know that she could destroy Becky Lynch. She does not say this in a confident, standard pro wrestler way. If she did so, I would not write this. She says these words in a, “I’m clearly capable of beating her up because I was in UFC” way. Why is this so significant? Because it allows her to break the script in a way that we would NEVER allow another wrestler to do.
We are allowing Rousey to go out and insult the sport because she is envious, jealous, and frustrated with how the crowd is reacting to her. And Rousey has not stopped. Now, Rousey is going out and tweeting about how fake Lynch’s arm bar looks.
May I ask a simple question? How many female wrestlers have tapped out to that arm bar? How many young wrestling fans have mimicked that arm bar because of their love for Becky Lynch? These are important questions to ask because Rousey is not only undermining Becky Lynch, she is undermining the sport and we should not accept that as wrestling fans. We should not cheer or even boo someone like Rousey.
Could you imagine Mike Tyson going on television and making fun of Steve Austin’s signature move, the Stone Cold Stunner? Or his elbow drop from the second rope? Could you imagine how that would have changed the trajectory of Austin’s career? I think it would have changed it drastically because I remember going to school after that famous Raw and talking to my friends about the major confrontation between Austin and Tyson. I remember some of my friends saying Austin would beat Tyson, while others said Tyson would win.
Rousey is not a real fan of wrestling. Rousey is not Tyson. Rhonda Rousey’s ego will not allow her to truly be a professional wrestler. Rousey is no professional; she is delusional, spoiled, and perhaps even a narcissist.
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