Ronda Rousey's first match in WWE was alongside Kurt Angle against Stephanie McMahon and Triple H at WrestleMania 34. Triple H witnessed Rousey's commitment to pro wrestling first-hand, even when she was stricken with food poisoning.
GiveMeSport's Turnbuckle Talk featured last month's media conference call with Triple H and Shawn Michaels. The Game lauded Rousey's dedication to WWE and her passion to perform as a WWE Superstar. He sincerely believes Rousey when she says that everything she did before WWE was to lead her to Vince McMahon and Company.
"Having spoken to her since the beginning, her passion and her drive for this to me made it perfectly reasonable that she might be this good at it. Once I kind of got in there with her for the first time and got a feel for her natural movement in this, I've been saying it since the day she signed with us and we started talking about it, but she's going to shock everybody.
"I've never seen anybody grab it as quickly as she has. I mean, Kurt Angle would probably be the closest to it because he just took to it like a fish to water with it. But she has no right to be anywhere near as good as she is, but she just gets it. I mean she gets it on more than just a physical aspect, across the board.
"She wants to entertain and she's loved this from probably before anything else [...] she truly believes all she's done is to get to [WWE]. When I used to hear her say that before I used to think, 'oh that's a cool way of saying it.' But legit, it is like this is what she was supposed to be doing. Her route to get here was different than everybody else's. Her route to get here was going through judo and coming up through MMA and the whole thing to get to where she is right now. It truly is like she is, it's amazing."
Rousey's dedication to training for her WrestleMania match drove her to work through a case of food poisoning. Triple H explained he had to finally tell her to quit for the day when she wanted to keep going.
"There was a day when we were prepping for WrestleMania where she came down to the performance center and got food poisoning on the way down," Triple H said. "It was just 24 hours straight of throwing up nonstop, we sent medical over to her and the whole thing. The next day she showed up at the Performance Center at the crack of dawn to train and I showed up thinking I was going to do something else, I was supposed to train with her, but I showed up to do something else. I walked in and was like, 'oh my god I can't believe you showed up.' She was like, 'yeah come on, let's go.' She just started going, and going, and going and going.
"She had only been not throwing up for a few hours after 24 hours of food poisoning. She's changing color, and she's getting greenish but she's going and finally, I called her over and I was like, 'we're done, this is ludicrous now,' and she like, 'no I got more.' I was like, 'no we're pulling the plug, we're done like this is gonna be bad for you now.' Like she just will not stop. She is relentless and like her team said afterward, she would have gone all day."
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