Nia Jax shockingly named Ronda Rousey as her next challenger for the Raw Women's Championship this morning at the NBCUniversal Upfront in New York City's Radio City Music Hall. The WWE likely doesn't want Rousey in match as unsafe as the Money in the Bank ladder match yet they still want her on the pay-per-view in some capacity. In that interview, Rousey said Jax was the one to challenge her.
Nia Jax won the RAW Women's Championship on the same show, defeating Alexa Bliss. "Let's see how Rowdy @RondaRousey can get", Jax wrote.
WWE has officially confirmed the match will take place at MITB. Later in the same event, Rousey accepted the invitation, promising to provide stern opposition to the so-called Irresistible Force. "All bets are off, right?"
Rousey made her WWE debut at the Royal Rumble on January 28.
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Following news earlier today that AJ Styles will once again defend the WWE Championship against Shinsuke Nakamura, four matches have now been formally announced for Money in the Bank. We all have the same goals. Why would WWE not favor a slower build of Rousey's career that would have given her time to grow as a performer and a character? And how do you think Rousey will perform against Jax?
Tune in to WWE Money in the Bank on Sunday, June 17, streaming live on WWE Network.
It's safe to speculate there are other motivations for capitalizing on Rousey's star power and abruptly putting her in such a high-profile match - one that will have to be carefully crafted for both babyfaces to come out looking strong.
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