Earlier this year, the WWE pulled off arguably their biggest signing of all time. WWE inked former UFC women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey to a deal. The former mixed martial artist is now one of the biggest professional wrestling stars on the planet. Rousey currently reigns as the Raw Women’s Champion and comes off a main event victory of the first-ever all-female WWE pay-per-view of all time, Evolution.
Before all that, however, Rousey’s first match took place at WrestleMania 34 in April. She teamed up with WWE Hall Of Famer Kurt Angle to take on the team of Triple H and Stephanie McMahon. Rousey picked up the win for her team, forcing McMahon to tap out to her armbar.
McMahon spoke to The National recently to get her thoughts on Rousey in WWE. Stephanie pointed out that working with Rousey was great, as “The Rowdy One” was even very generous with her children while they were training for their match at the WWE Performance Center:
“In terms of working with Ronda, my kids came down to watch me train in the performance centre with Ronda. They watched us go through the match and Ronda got in the ring with them and she was great. She really is a wonderful person and she got in the ring with them and worked them over a little bit and then it was really cute. I was with my kids and it was the day before WrestleMania.
“It was my two little ones. My oldest one understands it more. I said ‘OK guys, this is how the match is going to end. Ronda Rousey is going to break my arm, but she is not really going to break my arm’ and they weren’t getting it. So I said ‘Mummy’s going to lie down on the floor’ and I put my arm up in the air and I said ‘OK Murphy I want you to grab my arm and push it back like this.’
“As soon as she touched my arm I went like this and reacted she had really hurt me. And then I was Murphy, ‘I’m OK, that is what I am showing you, it is all in the reaction.’ I then asked her to do the same thing and I didn’t react and I was able to say ‘see, you’re not hurting me’. And then my youngest was like ‘let me try, let me try!’
“It was their aha moment and they were no longer worried. But mummy going through the table from the year before that was harder to explain. My 10 year old explained it as the stunt table. ‘That’s the stunt table, right momma?’ they asked.”