WWE SmackDown Women's Champion and UFC Hall of Famer Ronda Rousey recently made an appearance on “The Kurt Angle Show” podcast to talk about a number of topics such as why she believes the MMA Horsewomen are the original Horsewomen and not the WWE Horsewomen. The WWE Horsewomen is made up of Becky Lynch, Charlotte Flair, Bayley and Sasha Banks, while the MMA Horsewomen is made up of current WWE SmackDown Women's Champion Ronda Rousey, Shayna Baszler, Jessamyn Duke and Marina Shafir.
According to the WWE SmackDown Women's Champion, the fans started calling them that even before there was any mention of it in the WWE and even when they joined the WWE, Stephanie McMahon and the company themselves called them the Four Horsewomen first and even put them over as that.
Ronda Rousey said:
“The good thing is that there’s something called the internet and you can really cite these things. We didn’t even claim it. Our fans started calling us that because women’s MMA in the beginning, there weren’t any powerhouses for women’s MMA at the time.” “So after The Ultimate Fighter, Shayna and Jessamyn moved in with me, and Marina, and we had like all these women that are extremely talented in MMA and all training and supporting each other which wasn’t happening anywhere at the time. You’d be lucky if you came to a gym and saw another woman in general. So our fans started calling us that, The Four Horsewomen.”
“So then one day Shayna said, ‘Let’s take one of those iconic pictures like the Four Horsemen. So we took some pictures that were like throwbacks and stuff like that. Then that’s how it happened. So we didn’t label ourselves that. Our fans labeled that.” “Then when we came into the WWE, Stephanie started putting us over as a Four Horsewomen and everything like that. So even the company itself called us the Four Horsewomen first, like there’s no argument, there’s zero.”
Ronda Rousey also talked about the controversial finish of her match at WWE WrestleMania 35 regarding her shoulder being down.
Ronda Rousey said:
“I didn’t think my shoulder was down. I was trying to flatten out to put my shoulder more down. That’s what was happening. I thought it was just the very tops of my shoulders, so I was trying to shimmy down so the actual back of my shoulders was down and I didn’t know that he had already started counting, so I’m worried that my shoulder came up during the shimmy. So I was trying to help, but it ended up being awesome because now I have a gripe to revisit. That wasn’t on purpose. I apologized about that one. It wasn’t until later that I was like, ‘Oh sh*t, my bad.’”
You can check out Ronda Rousey's full comments at this link. H/T to WrestlingNews.co for transcribing the above quotes.