Stephanie McMahon feeling Ronda Rousey pressure ahead of WrestleMania
By Matty Paddock
Last Updated: 28/03/18 5:21pm
Ronda Rousey may be grabbing headlines as she prepares for her first WWE match, but Stephanie McMahon has told Sky Sports she is also feeling the pressure as she prepares to step into the ring at WrestleMania.
Rousey's arrival in WWE has garnered attention around the world and plenty of the focus will be on her as she teams up with Kurt Angle to face McMahon and her husband, Triple H.
But it is a big night for the 41-year-old in her own right - April 8 will be her very first time inside the ring at WrestleMania as a competitor.
And that is not all - it is four years since McMahon, also the company's Chief Brand Officer, had a match of any kind; her bouts have been few and far between over the past 15 years.
"It's quite a tall order but I'm very excited, I can't wait," said McMahon, as she spoke of her preparations for a return to the ring.
"I am training harder than I have ever trained in my life and dieting harder than I have in my entire life.
"When you consider that I am also juggling being an executive in WWE, from a business perspective as well as being a mum of three girls, I certainly have my work cut out for me.
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"But, as McMahon, I do love a big challenge. It's a privilege to be in that ring at WrestleMania and I just hope I can do my part."
The acquisition of Rousey, a former UFC women's champion, was something of a coup for WWE after she signed a full-time contract a few months ago.
Triple H himself hailed her as "the baddest woman on the planet" and, having had the opportunity to work with the 31-year-old up close, McMahon has few qualms with that moniker.
She added: "I wouldn't disagree with that description - that's why we wanted to sign Ronda.
"She truly is one of the world's greatest athletes, and it is a testament to the athleticism and the level of attraction that WWE is, that we can bring in talent like Ronda Rousey.
"She is one of a kind and I can't wait to see what she is going to do to elevate WWE, and help continue and fuel us into the next chapter of the women's evolution."