WWE broadcast team member and former ESPN analyst Jonathan Coachman spoke with TMZ Sports this weekend to give his final thoughts regarding former UFC Women's Bantamweight Champion "Rowdy" Ronda Rousey making her official in-ring debut at tonight's WrestleMania 34 pay-per-view in New Orleans, Louisiana.
During the interview, The Coach said Rousey has found herself in a high-pressure situation that nobody else has done in WWE.
"There's been so many different reactions to Ronda coming in to the WWE," Coachman said. "Some really, really positive, some skeptical and some in between. Here's the difference with Ronda Rousey compared to probably anybody else you can name in the history of the business. She's coming in right at the top, her in-ring debut is gonna be at WrestleMania. You talk about pressure! I mean, that pressure is real, it's legit."
While he acknowledges that Rousey has headlined pay-per-views and competed at a high level in the Olympics, he claims tonight will be a whole new level of intensity for her.
"Yeah, she's been in main events before in the UFC, but this is on another level," said The Coach. "We're talking millions upon millions of viewers. Here's the thing that people don't think about, just the pressure to perform in front of her new peers. Because she's come in and taken a very lucrative spot at WrestleMania. Now, I don't really give a damn whether she's earned it or not. Her star power has earned it, but now she has to go out there and perform, that's the beauty of WrestleMania and coming in where she has come in at. So, I think there's a lot of people anxious to see exactly how a match with Ronda Rousey is going to look."
Coachman also addressed the reactions that various WWE Superstars have given to the Rousey situation, particularly the women who are affected -- negatively or positively by the former UFC star coming in. As The Coach explained, if the women in WWE were smart, they wouldn't complain about the Ronda Rousey factor at all.
"Trust me when I say that there are a long line of females that would love nothing better - I don't care what they tell you - than to run a program with Ronda Rousey," Coachman said. "When she comes out to the arena - I'm there - she's gets as big a pop, if not the biggest pop of anybody on the show, but that's only going to last for so long until she starts working matches. If the girls are smart, they don't complain about Ronda Rousey, they embrace her and say, 'Let me help you, because that is what's good for business, and what's good for business is good for me.'"
Check out the complete TMZ Sports interview with Jonathan Coachman above.