Shayna Baszler reveals how Ronda Rousey inspired her ahead of WrestleMania megamatch

Shayna Baszler insists Ronda Rousey set her up for great things in professional wrestling as she motivated her to become a big success. Baszler is set to challenge Becky Lynch at WrestleMania 36 after putting together a dominant performance at Elimination Chamber to become the No1 contender.

Ronda set the four of us up in a way that we could concentrate on being exactly what we are

Shayna Baszler

The Queen of Spades has been enjoying an impressive season on NXT, which included a major victory over both Lynch and SmackDown Women’s Champion Bayley at Survivor Series.

The ex-NXT Women’s Champion credits her success to her good friend and UFC legend Rousey as she helped her focus on her goals and become who she always wanted to be.

The former MMA star added that the UFC Hall of Famer had the exact same influence on their fellow Four Horsewomen Marina Shafir and Jessamyn Duke.

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Baszler told SuperSport: “Ronda set the four of us up in a way that we could concentrate on being exactly what we are…

“You don’t make a lot of money in MMA, especially at first… She set us up so that we could just concentrate on showing up at the gym…

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“We were free to concentrate on being whatever it is we wanted to be and that is what really set the tone for where I am at today.”

Baszler will be taking on the same opponent who handed Rousey her maiden WWE loss at WrestleMania 35 last year.

Lynch became the first ever RAW and SmackDown Women’s Champion when she pinned The Baddest Woman on the Planet in the inaugural all-women’s WrestleMania main event, which also included Charlotte Flair.

The Rowdy One hasn’t been seen on WWE TV ever since that night as she then turned her attention on having a family with her husband Travis Browne.

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WWE decided to go ahead with this year’s Mania despite major sports franchises, such as the NBA, Premier League and UEFA, suspending their season indefinitely due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The Show of Shows was set to take place at the Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida but Vince McMahon’s promotion moved it to the Performance Center in Orlando.

The event was taped on Wednesday and Thursday behind closed doors and will air on the WWE Network on April 4 and 5 as a two-part episode – Baszler and Lynch could feature on the main event.

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