News Sasha Banks has ‘nothing nice to say’ about Ronda Rousey

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We mentioned it while covering Triple H’s prediction the WWE Women’s roster would be “thrilled” to have Ronda Rousey in the company, but Sirius XM’s Busted Open has released a full clip of Dave LaGreca, Bully Ray and Mark Henry asking Sasha Banks about Rousey.

Here that is, along with our transcription:


You can add @SashaBanksWWE to the list of WWE Superstars with an interesting reaction to @RondaRousey debut at the [HASHTAG]#RoyalRumble[/HASHTAG] when she joined @davidlagreca1 @TheMarkHenry & @bullyray5150 this morning on @BustedOpenRadio #RAW pic.twitter.com/FfvIZeBkpa

— SiriusXM Busted Open (@BustedOpenRadio) January 30, 2018

LaGreca: The big talk on today’s show, the big talk yesterday - and a lot of it on The Rumble, but most of it on Ronda Rousey. What’s it like for you to have that type of Rumble match on Sunday, you in the ring for 54 minutes and 46 seconds - which is crazy - and then, you know, everyone talking about Ronda Rousey... are you happy about it? Does it feel good, uh, you know, listen... Nia Jax tweeted about it, Nikki Bella tweeted about it, they’re not exactly happy about sharing the spotlight with somebody like Ronda Rousey, I mean, what are your feelings on it?

Banks: My feelings, and sorry to do it to you guys, but you know - I have nothing nice to say so I can’t say anything at all. So that’s it.

Bully: Time out, time out, time out...

Henry: Breaking news!

Bully: There’s legitimately nothing positive about it?

Banks: I have nothing to say about it, nope.

Bully: Okay.

Henry: Well, I respect that. I was always told if you don’t have nothing good to say, don’t say nothing at all.

LaGreca: I know you said you don’t have a lot of nice things to say, but I mean, I just have to ask you this. Do you think, with her MMA background, that she can hang as a pro wrestler?

Banks: I’ve got nothing nice to say, I’m gonna keep at that. You’re not gonna get nothing out of me.

LaGreca: Alright, well, I tried.

Henry: Nothing. Nothing. Give them nothing and make them want more.

Banks: [with Bully trying to ask a question while she talks] ... go call Nia Jax, so...

Bully: Okay, so I have to ask... Sasha, I have to ask this question then on a professional level. I don’t want to know about personal. What happens if you show to Raw, or a SmackDown, and you look at the line-up and your name is next to hers. Then what?

Banks: It’s like I do every single week. I do my job.

Bully: Okay, okay...

Henry: Professionalism.

LaGreca: That’s why they call her ‘The Boss’.

Bully: Okay, fair enough.

Henry: That’s why she’s The Boss.

A lot to unpack here in a two minute clip (and as a satellite radio show, Busted Open isn’t available to non-Sirius subscribers - so for the sake of full disclosure, I have not heard the whole interview and can provide no further context).

As we discussed in the Cageside offices, this sounds like “shoot Sasha” as opposed to “kayfabe Boss”. There’s no guarantees she’s not in character here, or delivering a storyline answer in her normal cadence, but it’s not her promo delivery voice. Could be because she’s just getting up after a rough night at the office, could be because in the past Bully Ray’s been critical of some of her comments about fans...

We’ve got a WWE contracted guy and a WWE affiliated guy who also host a radio show interviewing a current wrestler about a talent acquisition and booking decision - we’re neck deep in ‘Reality’ Era stuff with this.

So throw this in the conversation with tweets from other Superstars and legends upset with how Rousey’s been promoted in her two short days as a “full time” wrestler, and WWE’s glowing presentation of Ronda as a superfan living her dream.

Work or shoot, with Rousey back in Colombia finishing a movie shoot and probably not quite ready to debut, they’ve got fans talking about her arrival and debating the roster’s reaction in a way we wouldn’t be without this perceived “heat” from Banks, Bella, Jax and others.

At some point in Tuesday’s Busted Open broadcast, Henry bottom-lined it for all of us - whether this is a storyline or real animosity:


"You're gonna have to put your pride aside, and do business." @TheMarkHenry on the women in the WWE tweeting about @RondaRousey stealing the spotlight from the [HASHTAG]#RoyalRumble[/HASHTAG]
How do you feel about the reaction to Ronda so far? #RAW pic.twitter.com/jYnKUcTAS7

— SiriusXM Busted Open (@BustedOpenRadio) January 30, 2018

Will business be good? It might be better now that we think many of her future opponents generally resent Ronda.

Time will tell. For now, WWE is glad we care.

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Well...this is interesting...

*Thinks*

I'm going to save my opinion for when I actually see Ronda wrestle...
because at the moment...all she has done is point at a sign.
 
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And yeah... This still bothers me. They should have done something better for her debut.
You know it would have been so easy to set up...

Have Charlotte, Alexa & Stephanie get in the ring
with Asuka after the Rumble...have Stephanie
ask Asuka who she is going to challenge and as
Asuka is looking from title to title...

Have two women wearing hoods attack Charlotte,
Alexa & Asuka as Stephanie quickly runs away only
to reveal the two women are Ronda & Shayna Baszler.

Then have Ronda point as the Wrestlemania sign as
the broadcast goes off the air.

Bang...you introduce Ronda with Shayna as her possible
sidekick & set up a feud with either Charlotte or Asuka (Sorry
Alexa but this is for the real wrestlers not over pushed Trish
clones) and then you know...Ronda has actually done something
besides dressing up like Roddy Piper & pointing.

I have a feeling as much as Ronda is a wrestling fan...she
wants to be booked as a face...and frankly...I don't think that
works for her.

She should have showed up & made a "physical statement"
not smiled, pointed & shook hands.

Then of course she doesn't show up on RAW or SmackDown...
way to follow up on that frankly cringe worthy debut.

Ugh...I'm already concerned about this entire situation and as
much exposure & attention it will bring to the WWE...I just hope
they do something worthwhile with it.

I'm all for Ronda being in the WWE & the attention & success
it could bring to the company...but...this entire situation could
turn into one giant mess if not handled correctly.
 
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I have a feeling as much as Ronda is a wrestling fan...she
wants to be booked as a face...and frankly...I don't think that
works for her.
Yeah... That is the thing I am not looking forward to. They may end up having her face Bliss, though I think Bliss will drop the title before WM.
I really don't know where they are going with this but they already have to fix it which is sad.
 

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Yeah... That is the thing I am not looking forward to.
They may end up having her face Bliss, though I think Bliss will drop the title before WM.
Honestly...I think the WWE has no idea what they
are going to do...and its not hard to see that.

The entire division is basically at a standstill after
the rumble because they are waiting for a decision
to be made.

I mean...the Asuka/Sasha match was awesome...
but...nothing else really happened on RAW & the
SmackDown segment was just a tease/filler segment.

Who knows...next week they could announce that
Ronda will be in the Elimination Chamber & she could
win the title and set up a match with Asuka at Mania.

Only time will tell...
 
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I'm sure Busted Open is thankful for this irrelevant bitch wasting their time... Next time get a woman who has star qualities and who will actually have a discussion.. The fuck was the point of this.
 
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