Stephanie McMahon is talking about the pressure she felt going into her first match at WrestleMania back in 2018 and why she feels it is important for employers to understand what they ask of their employees.
Stephanie McMahon has done it all in WWE. She has been a former WWE women's champion, a multiple-generation promoter, and she's also the only woman to ever challenge for the WWE Championship.
Speaking on CMO Moves, Stephanie opened up about training for the match at WrestleMania 36 with Ronda Rousey.
“You know, I had to get myself to an athletic level to even just be able to make her look good, right? Like if I can't keep up with her, then Ronda's not going to be able to do the things that she can do that nobody else can do. So she's not going to be able to show off who she is,” Steph began. “It was one of my career highlights, my life highlights, really. I'm such a fan of hers anyway as a person. But to be able to compete, you know, to perform at WrestleMania, the event my father created alongside my husband, one of the best in the business, and to be able to have that match against Ronda Rousey, her first match ever and be in that position was just unbelievable. I mean, I'm so grateful. You know, Billie Jean King said, 'pressure is a privilege,' and I really felt it that day and in the build up to it.”
Continuing on, Stephanie McMahon spoke about the importance of taking bumps as a boss and why she feels empathy correlates to the current social unrest in society.
“I do think that as leaders, it's so important to be willing to understand what people go through. So from this aspect, you know, you're willing to take the bumps with your team. You know, you're in it with them, whatever that is,” she would say. “Literally in WWE, I think it's so important to also understand what our talent go through every day and to have that perspective, because it's not easy what they do and you're asking them to do a lot every day, travel, you know, constantly almost, and perform at such a high level, such a high level athletically. I think that respect of being willing to get in there and understand what that is, is really, really important and I think it harkens to everything where we're going through as a society that willingness to listen and that willingness to understand. I guess you can call it empathy, but it's so much more than that.”
Stephanie McMahon hasn’t been a featured player on WWE TV since the Rousey angle 2018, focusing instead on her duties as Chief Branding Officer of WWE.
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