Raw Women’s Championship match
Ronda Rousey (c) vs. Alexa Bliss
SummerSlam was one-sided, the rematch was announced quickly and we’re still not sure why we’re supposed to think the Goddess has a chance.
The Road to Hell in a Cell
On Aug. 19 in Brooklyn, the Ronda Rousey era began...
On the fallout show, with former Raw Women’s champ Alexa Bliss in a sling, Rowdy didn’t like the tone of her WrestleMania 34 opponent, commissioner Stephanie McMahon, so the new champ put her back in a sling...
That led to an announcement Bliss was medically cleared for a rematch at the pay-per-view (PPV) in San Antonio tonight (Sun., Sept. 16). There was a brief side-trip to announce and start building to Alexa’s match against Trish Stratus at Evolution in late October, and then another for Rousey’s six-woman with the Bella Twins against Riott Squad at Super Show-Down in a few weeks. That last one at least showed us that Alexa has an armbar, too.
Unless you really think WWE is going to have the new face of their Women’s Evolution tap out to her own finisher during her first title defense, you had to wait until last Monday’s ‘go home’ show for an in-story reason to believe Ronda is vulnerable at Hell in a Cell. Rousey picked up a win for herself and tag partner Natalya when got Bliss’ teammate Mickie James to submit to an armbar. But a sneak attack by the #1 contender left Rousey with injured ribs...
Time for round two.
What’s at stake?
Probably more than winners and losers - while it’s true that if WWE would put anyone over Rousey, it’s probably Bliss, it still seems extremely foolish to think they’d have their big free agent lose the belt right away - it’s Rowdy’s reputation on the line.
Her one-sided win at SummerSlam didn’t create a huge buzz, at least not among the die-hard fans who flock to major events. House show rematches and rumors have pointed to the company wanting a more back-and-forth affair between Ronda and Alexa this time out. It doesn’t make a ton of sense in kayfabe. If Rousey could clown her less than a month ago, sore ribs shouldn’t suddenly turn Bliss into a threat. But if they continue to give the impression Rowdy can’t work more than a few minutes at a stretch, some in the crowd could start to sour on her push more than they already have.
There’s also the challenge of continuing to build to both of October’s events. Ronda’s opponent for the first all-women’s PPV isn’t confirmed yet, but it would be nice if anything happened here to help set the groundwork for that, whether it’s a title defense against one of her teammates in Melbourne or not.
What happens at Hell in a Cell on WWE Network between these two may not be good, but it will surely be interesting.
This poll is closed