Our Fight: A Memoir by Ronda Rousey

May 14, 2024

Appropriately enough this is a no holds barred view of pro wrestling from an outsider.

The first half of this book (Rousey’s second volume of autobiography) covers her final two MMA bouts (both defeats) and the beginnings of her relationship with Travis Browne. It’s largely soul searching and won’t necessarily appear to wrestling fans, though her claims about the long-term effects of her repeated concussions raise some serious questions about medical screening in both UFC and WWE.

The second half, covering both her WWE runs, is a notable parallel to the recently released autobiography of fellow WrestleMania main eventer Becky Lynch. While they cover many of the same events, Lynch’s WrestleMania dream was a lifetime obsession built on years doing the grind. Rousey comes to the business late and from a place of obsession. After transferring her legitimate fighting skills to TV drama and movies, she is clearly fascinated by the artform of live dramatic fighting with a 360 degree audience and no retakes. It’s clear that wrestling became the latest in a lifetime of periods dedicated to trying to master a task before moving on with her life.

While the story of her adjustment to wrestling is a compelling and unusual perspective, it’s also clear she has no concerns about burning bridges. Her brutal takedown of a lack of long-term planning and creative consistency are laser focused with examples rather than being a broad rant. She’s under no illusion that female performers and matches were less of a priority among key management figures, even in the midst of the “women’s revolution”.

Overall it’s an articulate and passionate insight into the appeal and frustrations of life as a pro wrestler, told from a unique perspective.

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