Ronda Rousy made her WWE (and pro wrestling in general) debut at WrestleMania 34, putting on a really great performance in a mixed tag match with partner Kurt Angle, facing off against Triple H and Stephanie McMahon. Since then, she’s been relatively quiet despite previous claims that she was going to be a “full-time” member of the WWE roster.
Rousey’s next match in the WWE was just announced, and it’s certainly a big one. During the NBCUniversal Upfront event, Raw Women’s Champion Nia Jax challenged Rousey to a match, which the former UFC star quickly accepted:
“We are very civil and professional ladies, so Nia did just challenge me for Money in the Bank to come after her title,” Rousey told E! News on the red carpet. “I happily oblige respectfully, so I can sit next to her.”
While they appeared cordial as they gave a joint interview, Jax noted, “We can still get along for now, but once we get in the ring, it’s over. All bets are off, right?“
Then John Pollock of POST Wrestling reported that the exchange was more than just a publicity grab, as the two are expected to have a match at the Money in the Bank pay-per-view that takes place on June 17.
They set up Ronda Rousey's next match at today's NBC Upfront presentation, against Nia Jax. We can report that the match is scheduled for Money in the Bank on 6/17.
— John Pollock (@iamjohnpollock) May 14, 2018
We knew Rousey would be treated like a big star, but she’s still relatively inexperience when it comes to in-ring work. While her WrestleMania debut was deservedly praised, she shared that match with two Hall of Famers, and a woman who has been in the business for decades — and is a McMahon, no less. We have to say that we are surprised at the WWE’s decision to push her into a title match so quickly.
The WWE’s official Twitter account posted a video of the challenge, but later deleted it. We’re not exactly sure why, but maybe we’ll learn more about the situation tonight on Raw.