Natalya On Ronda Rousey: “She’s As Real As It Gets And It Hurts”

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Natalya is one of the longest serving veterans in the WWE women’s division. Ahead of her match against Ronda Rousey for the WWE SmackDown Women’s Championship, the former Champion revealed an injury has been hampering her recently.

Natalya overcame Raquel Rodriguez, Shotzi, Aliyah, Xia Li and her former ally Shayna Baszler in a Six-Pack Challenge to become the number one contender for the title. The BOAT and the Baddest Woman have spiced up their deud since, trading personal barbs on social media ahead of their clash at Money in the Bank.

In a recent conversation with Dr. Beau Hightower, she spoke about facing the former UFC megastar and compared her to a wombat.

“It’s really intense. Ronda is not a joke. In every sense of the word, she’s as real as it gets and it hurts, that’s why I’m with you right now. I’m really putting my body through it. It hurts, actually, to put the sharpshooter on her because she’s like a wild wombat,” she said with a laugh. “They are vicious, wild, moody animals.”

– Natalya

She explained the area which was troubling her and revealed how she damaged it.

“This is my adductor magnus. What’s going on? I strained it. It was doing great until I worked with Ronda again tonight and I just jammed it again, I don’t know what’s going on. It was totally fine, the last two or three days, it felt really good and I kind of strained it again tonight. I’m so fricking sick of this adductor magnus. I’ve had four different people working on my crotch in the last week trying to get this thing right. I’ve had IcyHot, THC balm, everything you can imagine.”

– Natalya

Natalya and Ronda Rousey formed a tag team in 2018 and the early parts of 2019. They did square off in a singles match for the WWE Raw Women’s Championship that saw the former UFC Bantamweight Champion emerge victorious. The clash at Money in the Bank will be their second singles contest.

H/T to Fightful for the transcription

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