Rousey on wrestling: “I like to relate it to figure skating”

Apr 13, 2024 - by Steve Gerweck

Ronda Rousey Says Wrestling isnt a Sport…

“It’s scripted. Mostly. There is a general idea. They are working together. I like to relate it to figure skating. Two people together creating a performance. As Shayna [Shayna Baszler] likes to say, there is no fake way to take a chairshot. You’re actually getting hit with a chair. It’s also not a competition. A lot of wrestlers and stuff will be like, ‘Wrestling is real. I got this injury or that injury.’ I’m like, okay, as a competitor in an actual sport, I’m never worried about getting injured. I’m worried about losing.

That’s the most stressful part of it. Injuries are not at all what you’re thinking about. That’s not what makes it real or makes it hard. It’s the uncertainty of the outcome. When people are like, ‘it’s a real sport.’ No, it’s not a sport. It’s a very intense performance, which I have a lot of respect for, but it’s not a sport. If you’ve ever dealt with the stress and anxiety that comes with competition, you can’t take that out and call it a sport. It’s so tough. It’s very physical, but it’s not a sport.”

(Steve O’s Wild Ride)

2 Responses

  1. What? says:

    Shoot. As much as Rousey’s been doing nothing but airing grievances lately, I have to admit this is one of the best ways I’ve seen in a while to explain the distinction. It’s “fake” and real at the same time, and the arguments start when both sides fall prey to the human tendency to be unable to accept two seemingly contradictory ideas.

  2. art123guy says:

    “,,,there is no fake way to take a chairshot.,”

    I believe DDP said it better with, “You can’t fake gravity.”

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