— Ronda Rousey was a guest on Wild Ride! w/ Steve-O and spoke about her departure from WWE on a full-time basis, blaming a combination of the tough road schedule, her inability to be with her family and “ungrateful” fans who made it not worth it. Here’s what she had to say:
“I love the WWE. I had such a great time. I love all the girls in the locker room. Hell yeah, running out there and having fake fights for fun is just the best thing. I love choreography, I love acting, love theatre, live theatre and some of the last forms of live theatre. But, I was doing basically part-time and I was away from home 200 days out of the year. And when I did get home, I was so sleep deprived cause you just don’t have time to lay down. My back is broke. My bottom vertebrae is broken in half. I was taking all these different kinds of bumps and when I was home, I would have to be laying on the bed with my legs elevated and a heat pack under my back. I was trying to recover enough to get to the next stint. “
“If I did all of the live shows, I was only home a day and a half a week. It was just not worth it for my family because we were eliminating all of our expenses and living this lifestyle, we didn’t need it. We didn’t need the money so it’s just like, what am I doing it for if I’m not being able to spend my time and energy on my family but instead spending my time, my energy on a bunch of f-cking ungrateful fans that don’t even appreciate me? I love performing, I love the girls, I love being out there but at the end of the day, I was just like, ‘F-ck these fans, dude.’ My family loves me and they appreciate me and I want all my energy to go into them. So that was my decision at the end of the day, it’s like, ‘Hey girls. Love what you’re doing. I’m gonna try and take all my momentum and push you guys as far as I can … fly little birds, fly! I’m going f-cking home!’ And that was basically it.”
— Ronda confirms that if she ever comes back, it wouldn’t be in a full-time capacity but rather in stints here and there. She officially remains under contract until April of 2021.