Since this week’s Wrestling Observer Newsletter reported WWE officials were planning for the possibility Ronda Rousey could leave the company for some amount of time after WrestleMania 35, the future of the women’s division has been an even hotter topic than normal.
A WWE statement didn’t cool the discussion. Will one from Ronda herself?
Probably not this one from an interview with ESPN, but at least Rousey and her always interesting way with words have given us plenty more to talk about!
“I honestly don’t know why [anyone] feels like [they’re] an authority to speak on the plans for my uterus. If I responded every single time the world speculated what I was doing with my womb I would not have a free moment in the day.
I really don’t feel like I should have to respond to that kind of thing. It’s my vagina, my life, keep the speculations to yourself. Leave me and my reproductive organs alone.”
Well, I can only speak for me personally, but I was just wondering whether you’d be at SummerSlam this year, so whatever you and your ovaries get up to on your own time is okay by me.
In all seriousness, whatever specific plans Ronda has for the future aren’t anybody’s business… and that’s without even getting into the debate on reproductive choice and rights. But again, I don’t think most of the speculation about Rousey’s WWE career was all that different than how fans would approach questions about a male Superstar’s absence or retirement? So dropping a bunch of anatomy into a strongly worded statement is an interesting approach (especially for someone who’s made some controversial statements on trans issues, and been judgemental of cis women’s sexual readiness, in the past).
In other, less likely to result in Becky Lynch calling you a “little weirdo” quotes, Ronda does address a dilemma that’s unique to women in general, but especially to one a company is structuring promotional and storytelling plans around – how do you decide when to step away from something you love to have a baby or start a family?
“I’ve not kept it a secret that I would definitely want to start a family. But how do you go about doing that? I love this way more than I thought that I would. So do you just keep going until you just happen to get pregnant? Or should you stop and go try and get pregnant? Or is going and trying to get pregnant putting yourself on the spot and then you’re less likely to get pregnant? I’ve never had a baby before, I don’t know these kinds of things.
It would be kind of cool to just keep acting and then one day, ‘Hey, surprise twist, I’m pregnant.’ That would be fun. There’s a lot of things up in the air. A lot of decisions that we’ve gotta make as a family. I’m trying to figure it out as I go along.”
It’s a tough – and as she says in the first quote, deeply personal – decision. But she’s also chosen a public career, one she markets by occasionally openly talking about her family plans. Can she be that surprised when others speculate?
Maybe as long as you don’t talk specifically about her vagina.