Ariel Helwani Believes “Everything About Ronda Rousey Was Off” in WWE

Published 10/07/2021, 12:30 PM EDT


Fans are obviously divided between pro-wrestlers. Some like an entity, some don’t. However, the liking and disliking goes beyond the common fans and steps over to the ones who are more closely related to the industry. An example of his Ariel Helwani disliking Ronda Rousey.

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During his conversation with Sean Waltman on Pro Wrestling 4 Life, Helwani explained why he doesn’t like The Baddest Woman on the Planet.

“I don’t like when people play pro wrestler. I actually wasn’t a fan of Ronda Rousey, the pro wrestler. I thought she was playing pro wrestler. She would walk down the ramp almost acting like the celebrity who’s there to make an appearance at WrestleMania waving and smiling. You don’t do that when you’re going to a big fight. You’re intense, you’re focused, especially her. I felt the whole gimmick, everything about her, was off. She felt like she was playing pro-wrestler.”

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Now, whether she was playing pro-wrestler or being authentic is open to discussion. This varies from individual to individual. There are fans who strongly believe that Rousey is one of the better Superstars on the women’s roster.

What is your take on the situation? Let us know in the comments below.

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Ariel Helwani reveals who will be more successful than Ronda Rousey

While Helwani doesn’t like Rousey as a pro-wrestler, he’s not against combat fighters transitioning to wrestling. In fact, he believes that Kayla Harrison will be more successful than Rousey in the industry.

“I think the one who can be a huge star is Kayla Harrison. I think Kayla Harrison can be more successful at pro wrestling than Ronda Rousey was. She is a two-time Olympic Gold Medalist in judo. She’s in the back there with Dan Lambert, and she’s an immense talent.” H/t Pro Wrestling 4 Life

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WWE Wrestling: WrestleMania 31: MMA fighter Ronda Rousey in action, chokehold vs Stephanie McMahon during event at Levi’s Stadium.
Santa Clara, CA 3/29/2015
CREDIT: Jed Jacobsohn (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn /Sports Illustrated via Getty Images)
(Set Number: X159445 TK1 )

Currently, Ronda Rousey is on a complete break from the overall combat sports industry. She recently gave birth to her daughter, and is embracing parenthood along with husband, Travis Browne.

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She took a break from WWE to plan for a family, and now that she’s finally doing it, there’s no word on exactly when she will return.

Nevertheless, her fans sure hope she returns to the company someday!!

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Shuvangi Sen Chaudhury

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Shuvangi is a senior WWE and AEW author at EssentiallySports. She has over 1000 published WWE articles and also has experience in content operations with Forbes. Having completed her undergraduation from Royal Holloway, University of London, Shuvangi is closely aligned to the fitness industry, having amateur skills levels in tennis and basketball while rowing at a regatta level.

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