WWE SmackDown Champion Liv Morgan praises legendary slugger Ronda Rousey – but there’s a but.
“Ronda, I respect you,” Morgan told TMZ Sports In a message from the former UFC star-turned-wrestler.
“You’ve done so much for women in sports and women in WWE. But I love it (the belt) more than you do. So this title is coming home with me.
The two women are scheduled to clash Saturday at the annual SummerSlam at Nissan Stadium in Nashville.
Morgan, 28, won a Money in the Bank ladder match against six opponents earlier this month and used the opportunity to challenge Rousey, who knocked out Natalya in a no-holds-barred slugfest.
The New Jersey-born grappler made quick work of Rousey — and now the self-proclaimed “baddest woman on the planet” has to settle the score.
But according to Morgan, becoming a champion is not an easy road.
“I feel more responsibility now,” Morgan told TMZ Sports. “I think I’ve always worked hard. I have always been willing to do extra work. So that this aspect doesn’t feel any different.
She added: “But I think the responsibility to represent the company is more than just one. I’m the SmackDown Women’s Champion. There are layers to it. It’s not just WWE Superstar Leo Morgan anymore.