In November, Ronda Rousey was handed a humiliating defeat at the hands (and mostly the foot) of Holly Holm. It was a bad look for Rousey who was overwhelmed, unprepared and frankly outclassed by someone who appeared to have more boxing skills in her pinkie that Ronda had in her entire body. But even worse for Rousey was the toll it took on her career outside the ring. She instantly became Internet fodder as one meme after another bombarded social media like Blizzard Jonas, unleashing its fury of hot takes on the masses. Diehard Rousey fans defended her, fringe Rousey fans weren’t sure what to think. The fighter (and personality) they loved and adored was the butt of every joke.
Then came word of Rousey’s “wooden” performance in Furious 7, a leak that seemed a bit mean-spirited but not at all untrue.
All of that led us into her Saturday Night Live hosting duties – a gig where no one knew what to expect. Could Rousey handle a lengthy monologue, one where she would have to crack jokes and perhaps do a little improv? Could she perform as well as athletes in the past, most notably her wrestling pal, Dwayne Johnson?
The answer, sadly, was no. SNL did their best to hide Rousey in a few skits (as they did in the past for Michael Phelps) but overall, nothing popped. Nobody woke up Sunday morning saying, “Ronda really nailed that performance.”