Taz: "I Don't Think Rousey Has It" On The Mic

Ronda Rousey exceeded expectations at WrestleMania 34, but she had a lot working in her favor, Taz explained

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April 09, 2018 - 8:11 pm

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Ronda Rousey made her WWE debut at WrestleMania 34 on Sunday, and she was a hit. She had athleticism, she had enthusiasm – she had it all.

“She did a lot better than everybody expected,” former WWE star and current CBS Sports Radio host Taz said on Tiki and Tierney. “She did a lot better from a physical perspective than I expected, too. I think she’s got huge upside as a performer and an athlete in the business. I do. But the thing that folks don’t realize is she was really heavily protected in that match. She had two of the greatest of all time in Kurt Angle and Triple H, and you’re in a storyline with the owners – the bosses of the company. She flourished because she’s a great athlete, she’s got passion, and she’s got a great work ethic. But she also had great dance partners last night.”

Whether the former UFC women’s bantamweight champion can sustain her performance and popularity remains to be seen.

“Let’s say two, three months down the road, you’re in the mix as a regular female on the card and you got to wrestle Sasha Banks in a 10-minute match on Raw – let’s see if you can make it work,” Taz said. “It’s a little bit different. Now you got to go one-on-one with another girl, who’s not the owner, who’s not going to have the juice to give you a 25-minute segment, and you’re not going to have a plethora of time to apply to your new craft. That’s the thing. Again, I’m not knocking her. I’m happy for her. I think they’re going to protect her for some time because she’s an investment and she has passion. Passion is the key with her.”

One thing working against Rousey? Her mic presence is not strong. Even worse, it’s difficult to develop that.

“The physical part is a little tougher than the mic part, believe it or not,” said Taz, who co-hosts Taz and The Moose from 6-9 a.m. ET. “The mic part, the way it’s looked at, you either got it or you don’t. Now Ronda Rousey, unfortunately, I just don’t think she has it. So what they got to do with her is less is more on the mic. Some folks either have it or they don’t, and I think that’s Ronda’s weak game. But she’s got a good connectivity to the audience. They tried to make her human. They tried to make her approachable for younger kids, probably younger girls, so she’s not just a scary killer. She’s got nothing but credibility as a competitor. People know she can tear someone’s arm off, and they’ve got to keep her in her wheelhouse. And I think they will. I think they will.”