Triple H Has An Interesting Theory For Ronda Rousey's Tough Ending In UFC
Paul 'Triple H' Levesque believes that Ronda Rousey's 'character' in UFC had a major impact on her disappointing end in MMA.
The 32-year-old UFC legend is a pioneer for women in the world of combat sport and became the first female inductee in the UFC Hall of Fame.
Rousey would leave UFC after her stunning defeat to Amanda Nunes at UFC 207 in 2016 and would later transition to WWE.
Triple H, who is WWE's executive vice president of talent, live events and creative, suggested that it was difficult for her to break away from her UFC persona.
"I think one of the things that hurt Ronda, and I mean hurt her emotionally, is that she put on a persona to fight much like what we do," he said (via Yahoo!).
"And again, she grew up as a fan and kind of did the [Floyd] Mayweather [thing] and put on this persona.
"She went all in with it, but nobody could separate the two.
"She was judged by that. But also, you have to look at the human being.
"When you're a little kid and your mom [Ann Maria DeMars] is waking you up in the middle of the night and is putting an arm bar on you so you can try to figure out how to get out of it, there's a different level of expectation. Second place was never an option.
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"Even if she won, it was, 'What were the failure points in that win?' So the way she handled the reality of that and the theatrical of that blended and became this mishmash of stuff that was difficult to deal with."
Rousey, who is on hiatus with WWE, had an exceptional debut year with the wrestling promotion as she captured the Raw Women's Championship from Alexa Bliss at SummerSlam.
But the WWE star last competed inside the ring when she lost the title in the all-women's main event at WrestleMania 35 against Becky Lynch and Charlotte Flair.
Triple H said that he expects the 'Baddest Woman on the Planet' to return to WWE at some point, but he also recalled her excitement for one of her first show.
He explained: "She walked in for one of her first shows with us and she was smiling as she walked into the room, kind of chuckling to herself.
"I said, 'What's funny?' She said, 'It's the first time I walked into an arena like this and not hated everybody here. I'm not at combat with everyone. I walked in with my normal mentality and everyone was like, 'Hi, Ronda' with big smiles, and five seconds later I realised, everybody here is not against me.'
"It became this enjoyable experience for her.
"She was like family. She never had that before. Her instinct was to walk in a building and every single person there was against her.
"Every single eye she looked at, every single person she ran up against, was a competitor to her, even the promotion. Everybody. It's a whole different world and mindset.
"When you're trying to talk about this, it's different worlds and I don't think, unless you went through it ... you can understand."
Rousey's career earnings from UFC and Strikeforce have also been revealed as she secured an impressive $4m from her fights.
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