All eyes will be on Ronda Rousey at WWE Extreme Rules 2018 this Sunday, as it has already been announced she will be in attendance for the event despite being "suspended" in storyline no more than a month ago.
Of course, Rousey still has unfinished business with Raw Women's champion Alexa Bliss, who she laid out on the June 18 edition of Raw in a fit of rage. During that same segment, she attacked Raw general manager Kurt Angle, which led to her suspension from the show for 30 days.
Although she will still be technically serving out the rest of her suspension on Sunday, it has been made clear that she has not been barred from appearing at WWE live events and pay-per-views. She will certainly make her presence felt at Extreme Rules one way or another, likely in the Raw Women's Championship match.
At Money in the Bank, Rousey came close to clinching the Raw Women's title against Nia Jax and was near seconds away from forcing Jax to tap out. Before she could be deemed the victor, Bliss ambushed both women and opportunistically chose that moment to cash in her newly won Money in the Bank contract.
The angle was excellently executed and successfully protected all parties. The UFC Hall of Famer's attack on Bliss the next night on Raw also gave her a massive momentum boost and helped restore some of that luster she lost upon her arrival in WWE.
Unfortunately, Rousey's absence from WWE programming was the catalyst behind Bliss and Jax rekindling their rivalry from earlier this year over the title, a feud that was never incredibly interesting in the first place.
Despite their match being contested under "extreme rules," WWE was probably aware that fan interest in the bout wouldn't be too high, leading to the announcement of Rousey being in attendance for the event.
It would be foolish for Rousey to not get involved in Bliss vs. Jax at all considering there won't be any disqualifications or count-outs, anyway. It should be more a matter of when than if she will jump the barricade and attempt to cost Bliss the belt.
However, Bliss vs. Rousey for the Raw Women's Championship is the real money match for the ladies of Raw at SummerSlam. Jax regaining the gold would serve no purpose, so look for Rousey's interference to backfire somehow and result in Little Miss Bliss retaining her title.
It should also be noted that Rousey has exceeded expectations with each of her performances so far inside the squared circle. Granted, she has wrestled just two matches on television, but both bouts were far better than they had any right to be considering how inexperienced she is within the wrestling realm.
While she won't be lacing up her boots at Extreme Rules, she will find a way to impress the audience and leave a lasting impression, nonetheless. With the insane amount of weapons that will be present around ringside, Rousey could really do some damage to Bliss and take their rivalry to new heights in the process.
Extreme Rules will merely act as a placeholder for Rousey and Bliss before they inevitably clash at SummerSlam, but the next chapter in their story on Sunday is guaranteed to be great.
Graham Mirmina, aka Graham "GSM" Matthews, is an Endicott College alumnus and aspiring journalist. Visit his website, Next Era Wrestling, and "like" his official Facebook page to continue the conversation on all things wrestling.