At WWE Elimination Chamber 2019, Ronda Rousey made short work of Ruby Riott, defending the Raw Women's Championship in just under two minutes.
Much to the confusion of fans, Ruby got a rematch on Raw the next night.
Speaking on The Wrestling Perspective, Ruby revealed that Ronda pushed for the rematch on Raw after the two had been working together on live events.
"The first thing that pops to mind was my match with Ronda Rousey," said Ruby when asked about her favorite match in WWE. "It was surprising to me. She is an incredible person. My match with her at Elimination Chamber was very short. The story was not based around me. It was based around what was ready to happen. The weekend prior, we had done a lot. We did a couple of house shows and had this match that we were so proud of and so excited. It was an amazing thing to be able to bring her style in what I wanted to do. For us to be able to tell this story, that's the story that I want to tell is with somebody who has a completely different style than I have. Especially with her, I wanted to make sure it was like, if you get me in a hold, it's game over. I asked her, 'what's illegal in MMA? Those are the things I want to do to you.' It was so much of our brainchild."
She continued, discussing the two matches in 24 hours at Elimination Chamber and then Raw.
"Then, Elimination Chamber came and it didn't come to fruition as we had hoped. After that, I was bummed, but I understood. She actually rallied for me to have a rematch. She pitched for it and pushed for it hard and got it to happen. The following night, I main evented Raw for the first time and we had this match that we had worked so hard on perfecting and it's probably one of my favorite matches I had in the company. There was so much that led up to it and so much time and such a story that I wanted to tell that I didn't think I would be able but because Ronda is the best, she allowed me to do that. I was really grateful. It was bleeding into WrestleMania and she was going to main event WrestleMania. I knew there was a lot of trust in me to have a match with her, let alone have a good match. She was the star. Not to take anything away from Ronda because she caught on so fast. She was so humble and didn't have anything to prove. She was just happy to be there and it was awesome to work with someone so excited about wrestling and inspiring," she said.
Counting singles and multi-women matches, Ronda and Ruby worked together 18 times during their respective WWE careers. Ruby was part of Ronda's last WWE Raw match, which took place the Monday before WrestleMania 35 when Rousey teamed with Charlotte Flair & Becky Lynch to defeat The Riott Squad.
Elsewhere during the podcast, Ruby discussed the formation of the Riott Squad. You can find her full comments by clicking here.
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