WWE Star Shayna Baszler Reveals Why Trash-Talking Ronda Rousey Is Never A Good Idea
WWE superstar Shayna Baszler has recalled the incredible story of when she decided to trash-talk MMA legend Ronda Rousey on The Ultimate Fighter 18.
Hall of Famer Rousey, 33, is a pioneer for women in combat sports and became a leading force in the UFC women's division in the last decade.
Baszler, who competed in MMA before transitioning to WWE, was a member of Team Rousey in the TUF 18 series in 2013.
The WWE star, 39, held a Q&A alongside TUF teammate and WWE performer Jessamyn Duke and was asked who would win out of a submission match between Rousey and herself.
And Baszler proceeded to open up about the moment she taunted Rousey for not having enough time to put her signature armbar on her in the last training session.
"We were on The Ultimate Fighter for seven weeks," she said.
"We trained every single day, twice a day, and that was the only thing we had to look forward to. There was nothing in the house, no entertainment, no books, no music, no magazines, no computers, no TVs, it was horrible. And training every day, twice a day.
"We were on the last training session, like the show's wrapping up, we know it, we were all antsy. It was like The Shining, everybody's going crazy just being locked up, and we're rolling.
"Ronda and I are grappling. It's like the last training session, the show's gonna be over, we get to go home, we're grappling, we're grappling, and I look at the clock. Rounds are, like, five minutes... I look at the clock and there's two minutes left.
"I was like, 'Well, well, Ronda Rousey, looks like I made it through the entire season without getting armbarred by you.'"
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The former two-time NXT women's champ quickly realised the trash-talking wasn't the best idea when she ended up getting armbarred seven times in the space of two minutes.
"In the next two minutes, I got armbarred probably seven times. Seven or eight times."
Duke confirmed that the story did happen and jokingly suggested that the intense training sessions had worn them all down.
"We had been training for seven weeks. We were worn down by that time, okay? To be fair," she said.
Coming back to who would win in a submission match between Baszler and Rousey, the 'Queen of Spades' responded: "All I'm saying is it really would depend on what's on the line.
"And the rule set and a lot of factors. But Ronda will tell you I was one of her best and favourite grappling partners."
Rousey, who has been on hiatus from WWE, spotted the clip on Twitter and amusingly responded: "Hahahaha I forgot all about that."
Rousey hasn't competed in WWE since she lost the Raw Women's Championship at WrestleMania 35 in 2019.
The UFC legend, who is keen to start her own family, has previously said that she was eyeing up a sensational WWE comeback.
But Rousey caused quite a stir with fans last month when she branded pro wrestling as "fake fights" in an extraordinary interview.
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