World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) has fined and indefinitely suspended wrestler Ronda Rousey after she “attacked” an official at WWE SummerSlam on Saturday.
Rousey, 35, lost her women’s title match to Liv Morgan in Nashville, Tenn.
According to WWE, Rousey took issue with referee Dan Engler allegedly failing to notice her opponent knocking while he counted the pin.
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In response, Rousey grabbed the referee’s hand and threw him over her shoulder and onto the ring, while the crowd at Nissan Stadium went wild. She then used her legs to push Engler down until another official was able to separate the pair.
On Monday, WWE released a brief statement informing fans of Rousey’s suspension and fine of “an undisclosed amount.”
“Due to the suspension, Rousey will not appear on this week’s Friday Night SmackDown,” the company concluded.
The legitimacy of Rousey’s attack and the subsequent suspension is unclear – oftentimes, professional wrestling performers plan ahead for an event that results in a pause for time off. . It is widely known and accepted that WWE is scripted, and this “attack” is more likely to fall into that category.
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Rousey publicly spoke out about the incident on social media, claiming that the referee had unfairly assessed the match.
On Instagram, Rousey shared three photos from the women’s title fight and tagged WWE, writing, “Hey @wwe if you guys can stop making me beat your golden girls in every major ppv would be greaaaaaat.”
The wrestling star also retweeted a post from WWE TV presenter Greg Miller in which Miller wrote that Morgan “won the championship by taking advantage of the situation and kept it by being a badass.” cowardly cheat.”
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This is not the first time Rousey has been suspended by WWE.
In June 2018, Rousey was suspended for 30 days after she attacked wrestler Alexa Bliss along with two other WWE referees and Raw General Manager Kurt Angle.
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