Ronda Rousey would rather be heel, and that was the plan when she won this year’s Royal Rumble match.
The WWE SmackDown Women’s Champion sat down with Daniel Cormier on a recent episode of The DC Check-In. During their chat, Rousey talked about why it’s easier to be a heel than a babyface.
“I want to be the heel that really inspires that vitriol emotion and gets the other person liked. Because it’s so much easier to get somebody to hate someone than to like them, and I think that a lot of people forget that the job of the heel is to get the babyface over. Not for everyone to think that you were a cool heel.”
Ronda Rousey also addressed her shocking Royal Rumble win earlier this year when Cormier asked about the big pop she received.
“I was supposed to come back as a heel. Vince was like, ‘they popped real big, so she’s a babyface.’ I did a heel interview after and everyone was like, ‘what the hell?’ Next Monday, I’m like, ‘I’m coming in as a heel’ and they’re like, ‘No, you need to smile and you need to stop being a bitch.’ ‘No, I love being a bitch! It’s my outlet for bitchery!’ ‘No, pull it back for a little bit.’ ‘Okay, high fives.’ It’s fine being a babyface.”
Cormier then asked if Rousey was expecting a similar reaction to Batista winning the 2014 Royal Rumble.
“I was expecting that. I was expecting boos. I came out with my guard up and I think I didn’t get to enjoy that moment because I was expecting it because that’s what I got on the way out. When I came out, I blocked them out and didn’t let them in and I went in, did my job, and got out. I think I missed out on really enjoying that moment because I was expecting the worst in people. That’s how the WWE Universe gets you.”
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