In her WWE career, Alexa Bliss has won the Raw Women’s Championship three times, the SmackDown Women’s Championship twice and the Women’s Tag Team Championship twice (with Nikki Cross), thus becoming the second woman, after Bayley, to have held all three belts of the roster main; he also won the 2018 edition of the women’s Money in the Bank, which he successfully cashed against Nia Jax.
She made her main roster debut on the SmackDown brand in July 2016, later becoming a two-time SmackDown Women’s Champion and the first woman to hold the title twice. She was transferred to the Raw brand in April 2017 and would go on to become a three-time Raw Women’s Champion, with her initial reign making her the first woman to have won both the Raw and SmackDown Women’s titles.
She is also a two-time Women’s Tag Team Champion (with Nikki Cross), making her the second Women’s Triple Crown Champion. She has won seven overall championships in WWE. In 2018, she became the winner of both the second women’s Money in the Bank ladder match and first women’s Elimination Chamber match.
Speaking with CBS Sports, Alexa discussed Ronda Rousey’s comments about wrestling: “I’ll just start by saying I like Ronda. We’ve always gotten along, I have a lot of respect for her and what she does and what she’s been through.
What she does in MMA and UFC, I’ve always been super supportive and everything like that. It was just the use of the word ‘fake.’ Especially because we welcomed Ronda with open arms. We all wanted to see her succeed, and whenever we would have a match, we would respect her UFC background and respect how she did certain things.
We wanted to make an amazing story with amazing matches while meshing both styles of WWE and UFC together. I thought every girl that worked with her did an amazing job of that”.
Ronda Rousey made her name as a dominant force in MMA. Later, she signed a lucrative contract and made the switch to pro wrestling. The ‘Rowdy’ one had a stellar year and claimed the Raw Women’s Championship. She appeared on Steve-O’s podcast and addressed her time in the squared circle.
‘Rowdy’ is one of the few individuals who has been in both the UFC and WWE. She has had the opportunity to examine the ins and outs of both companies and opines that the WWE’s pay structure is better.
Ronda Rousey says WWE pay structure is better than UFC
“WWE’s even better, because everyone’s on salary. It’s not like you show up for a fight, you get paid, you show up for a fight, you get paid. They’re treated like employees. They are on a salary, it’s much more secure,” says Rousey.
The WWE fighters spend over 200 days on the road and are technically full-time employees. Hence they draw a salary. Fighters, however, compete for only a handful of times a year. ‘Rowdy’ says that WWE is better in this regard. This is because performers are paid even when they are injured.
“If people get injured and they can’t perform months and months and months on end, they can actually continue to pay them and pay for their medical treatment and make sure they’re taken care of. They do their best not to leave people high and dry. As soon as they hire people, they’re on salary right away, which is very, very different from having these lumps of prize money.”
‘Rowdy’ is yet to appear in WWE since being pinned by Becky Lynch at WrestleMania 35. There is no fixed date for her return. However, it looks set to be a part-time one as she lambasted the fans on the same podcast. Her comments also indicate that it is a financially viable deal for her in the WWE as she will draw a salary rather than just appearance fees.
Is Rousey trying to hype up a return? It seems as though she is trying to generate heat by positioning herself as a heel part-timer. What will Dana White and the other UFC Fighters make of these comments?