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Alexa Bliss Wins Title After MITB Cash-In on Nia Jax During Ronda Rousey Match

Mike Chiari@mikechiariFeatured ColumnistJune 18, 2018

Alexa Bliss gestures in the ring during the WWE show at Zenith Arena on may 09, 2017 in Lille, France. / AFP PHOTO / PHILIPPE HUGUEN        (Photo credit should read PHILIPPE HUGUEN/AFP/Getty Images)
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Alexa Bliss cashed in the Money in the Bank briefcase to capture the Raw Women's Championship at Money in the Bank on Sunday night.

Bliss interrupted Ronda Rousey's title challenge against Nia Jax. The former UFC star appeared close to locking in an armbar on Jax before Bliss intervened and attacked both wrestlers with the briefcase.

The attack continued on the outside, as Bliss tossed Rousey over the announce table. From there, Bliss formally cashed in her world title shot and beat Jax with Twisted Bliss:

WWE @WWE

From #LittleMissBliss to #LittleMissMITB to #LittleMissCHAMPION... @AlexaBliss_WWE has cashed in her contract to become a 3-TIME #RAW #WomensChampion! #MITB https://t.co/0PTe4pDXM3

Between the original title match and Bliss' cash-in, the Raw Women's Championship match was among the best on the show:

WWE Creative Humor @WWECreative_ish

When @RondaRousey gets her hands on @AlexaBliss_WWE @VinceMcMahon is going to make another billion dollars #MITB

Scott Fishman @smFISHMAN

Alexa Bliss with one of the best Money in the Bank cash-ins ever. Perfect. And Ronda Rousey and Nia Jax remain strong with unfinished business. Well done. #WWE #MITB

WrestlingINC.com @WrestlingInc

Rousey and Nia was so much better than I was expecting. Props to both of them for stellar storytelling in that match. #MITB

Peyton Royce @PeytonRoyceWWE

Whoa! That just happened! @RondaRousey put on a hell of a match & @AlexaBliss_WWE the little opportunist!💡👏 #MITB

Ryan Satin @ryansatin

Alexa Bliss cashing in here, however, is the best possible outcome in this match. I like it much more than Ronda possibly losing her first singles match.

After beating Bliss for the Raw Women's title at WrestleMania 34 and retaining it at Backlash, Jax was in search of a new challenger.

Rather than waiting for one to emerge, she took matters into her own hands at the NBCUniversal Upfront presentation in May.

While Rousey and Charlotte Flair were doing an interview, Nia walked up to them and challenged the former to a match at Money in the Bank.

Rousey initially declined and said there were others who were more deserving, but after Jax insisted, the match was made official.

They initially seemed friendly toward each other, but things changed when Stephanie McMahon added fuel to the fire during a contract signing.

McMahon pitted them against each other, which led to Nia insisting Rousey wouldn't be able to get her in an armbar or beat her for the Raw Women's Championship.

Rousey proclaimed, however, she would take Jax's title and her arm in the process, which led to a huge response from the WWE Universe.

Although Rousey is the self-proclaimed "baddest woman on the planet," Jax presented a unique challenge since she is bigger and stronger than anyone the 31-year-old had faced in the UFC or WWE.

Also, since Rousey is still new to professional wrestling, WWE was able to play up to the idea that Nia could realistically take advantage of her inexperience and win.

WWE found itself in a difficult spot by booking Rousey against Jax since there was an inherent need to keep both of them looking strong.

Rousey is arguably the biggest star in the entire company, and there is great value in positioning her as an unstoppable force. At the same time, Jax has been built into a dominant Superstar in her own right, and losing decisively to Rousey could have undone that.

Having Bliss walk out of Money in the Bank with the title helps ensure Rousey and Jax retain their general auras while also helping to set up two potential feuds for the new champion.

     

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