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Alexa Bliss Beats Nia Jax, Avoids Ronda Rousey Attack at WWE Extreme Rules 2018

Mike Chiari@mikechiariFeatured ColumnistJuly 16, 2018

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Alexa Bliss defeated Nia Jax at Sunday's WWE Extreme Rules pay-per-view in Pittsburgh to retain the Raw Women's Championship, with Ronda Rousey looking on from the front row.

Jax had Bliss in position for a Samoan drop before Mickie James intervened to hit The Irresistible Force with a steel chair.

Bliss got a chair shot in on her opponent as well before delivering a short DDT to Jax onto another chair for the win:

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The #GoddessOfWWE STILL holds the gold! @AlexaBliss_WWE @MickieJames #ExtremeRules https://t.co/rwvsyPpW5J

Rousey made her presence felt in the match by attacking James but couldn't get her hands on Bliss:

The spotlight was largely on Rousey and what she would do from ringside, and Bleacher Report's Kevin Berge thought that took away from the match:

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Once again, the women's title match becomes more a segment than a match. What a waste of the supposed final match between Alexa Bliss and Nia Jax. #ExtremeRules

Sunday's bout was a rematch from June's Money in the Bank pay-per-view, as Bliss interrupted the match between Jax and Rousey before cashing in the contract she won earlier in the night to become champion for the fifth time.

Rousey was seemingly on the verge of winning the title when Bliss interfered, and Bliss took full advantage of the opportunity she created for herself by pinning Jax.

While Bliss used her wit to ascend to the top of Raw's women's division once again, she put herself in a precarious position in the weeks to come.

On Raw the night after Money in the Bank, Bliss was laid out by Rousey, who was later suspended for 30 days for hitting Raw general manager Kurt Angle with the Money in the Bank briefcase.

Although the suspension took Rousey out of the equation temporarily, Bliss still had a rematch with Jax to worry about.

While Bliss used the element of surprise to beat Nia at Money in the Bank, she previously had difficulty beating her best friend. At WrestleMania 34 in New Orleans, Jax defeated Bliss to become Raw women's champion for the first time in her career.

Jax was once again victorious in their rematch at Backlash, and it seemed as though their rivalry was over for the foreseeable future.

Bliss' cash-in changed that, and Sunday marked the latest chapter in what has been one of the most personal feuds in the WWE women's division in recent memory.

Based on the manner in which Jax physically dominated Bliss in their previous meetings, the Extreme Rules stipulations seemingly gave her an even bigger upper hand.

Bliss is one of the craftiest and most conniving Superstars WWE has to offer, though, which suggested she would have a few tricks up her sleeve.

Despite the size and strength disadvantage, Bliss used her intelligence and resourcefulness to retain against Jax, which means she will likely enter SummerSlam as the Raw women's champion.

That may not necessarily be a good thing for Bliss, though, since Rousey has a score to settle and figures to take aim at her and the title.

                     

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