Ronda Rousey reflected on her personal WWE travel conflicts with MTV’s Jackass stuntman, Steve-O, and why she decided to take time off from the WWE right after WrestleMania 35.
Well, I did like full-time for a year (touring with the WWE). I mean, not completely, completely, full-time, like, I did all of the TV (shows) and as many live shows as I could. I probably worked 200 days out of the year, last year. But, most people do way more. Most people have live shows throughout the week, and then they go and do TV, and then they get to go home for a day and a half, and then go and do it again.
It was so much time away from my family that I couldn’t do it sustainably. Me and Travis want to have babies and stuff. If I’m gone 200 days a year and taking sitdown powerbombs every night, I don’t think that’s very conducive to conception, so, we just wanted to take some time and make us a priority, because it’s like what did we work for? You know, what did we try and make money for? So, we can live our lives how we want and when we want. Everybody in my family sacrificed their whole year for me to be gone and now it’s time for the payoff for us to all be together. I don’t know when I’m going to go back. I know I definitely want to, but, I don’t think I’ll be able to do it in that capacity again and put my family through that again.
Rousey adds that prior to her departure, she made sure that the Raw Women’s Championship was still relevant to the fan by dropping the title to Becky Lynch at WrestleMania 35.
What I learned in the WWE, was that if you’re going to drop the title, you have to put the next person over on the way out. You have to keep that momentum going and make that title mean something.