On the May 29, 2023, edition of Monday Night Raw, Ronda Rousey added another accolade to her illustrious combat sports and professional wrestling career. The Baddest Women on the Planet captured the women’s tag team championship along with her partner, Shayna Baszler. The title victory ultimately makes Ronda a grand slam women’s champion in WWE. Following the achievement of Ronda Rousey, fans started comparing her success with Brock Lesnar.
Prior to the women’s tag title win, Ronda Rousey had both Raw and SmackDown women’s championship wins up her sleeves. She made her WWE debut in 2018 following an ultra-successful MMA career. In only her first year, Ronda captured the Raw women’s title and even headlined WrestleMania 35 as a champ. Later, she won the SmackDown women’s title in 2022 as well.
Prior to bursting onto the WWE scene, Rousey had already solidified her status as a pioneer in women’s MMA. In 2013, she became the inaugural UFC Women’s Bantamweight Champion, dominating her opponents. She held the title for a record-breaking 1,074 days, making her the longest-reigning champion in the division’s history.
Rousey defended her title multiple times and became one of the most recognizable and marketable stars in the sport. After achieving such an insurmountable amount of success, Ronda joined the list of MMA athletes to compete in the WWE such as Ken Shamrock and Brock Lesnar. Furthermore, Rousey is also referred to as the ‘Brock Lesnar’ of the WWE’s women’s division by the fans ever since her promotional debut.
Brock Lesnar vs Ronda Rousey: Who had a better WWE career?
Brock Lesnar and Ronda Rousey are two highly accomplished athletes who have made significant contributions to the world of combat sports. While their styles and career trajectories differ, both have achieved remarkable success in their respective fields.
Speaking of Lesnar, Before transitioning to professional mixed martial arts, he won the NCAA Division I Heavyweight Wrestling Championship in 2000. Lesnar is a multiple-time WWE and Universal Champion during his WWE career as well. Furthermore, Lesnar became the UFC Heavyweight Champion in 2008 after defeating Randy Couture.
Whereas, Rousey achieved success in both Strikeforce and the UFC, becoming the Strikeforce Women’s Bantamweight Champion in 2012 and the inaugural UFC Women’s Bantamweight Champion in 2013. Rousey won a bronze medal in Judo at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games.
While their achievements differ in terms of specific titles and accomplishments, both Lesnar and Rousey have left an indelible mark on the combat sports landscape. They have showcased their immense talent throughout their careers, becoming household names and inspiring future generations of athletes.