With Money in the Bank (MITB) still about a month away, the card is shaping up nicely with qualifying participants being added to the women’s and men’s matches and bouts being booked up left, right, and center. One that was announced this week, much to the shock of the WWE Universe, was Ronda Rousey vs. Nia Jax, with that RAW Women’s Championship on the line.
My initial thought about it all was, is this a little too much for Rousey and too soon?
I feel like it is. And the biggest reason why Ronda Rousey vs. Nia Jax is too much too soon is not even necessarily the amount of time the ex-UFCer has been in the WWE; it’s the fact that she’s only wrestled one match with the company, a tag team bout at Wrestlemania, and that was several weeks ago. The WWE Universe has yet to see Rousey in a match on her own, and while she does get some air time on RAW, she’s yet to fight a singles match, or any other match for that matter. How will she fair in a title match, where all arrows seem to be pointing at a big title win for her?
And where did this challenge even come from?
— Lina Fanene (@NiaJaxWWE) May 14, 2018
— Ronda Rousey (@RondaRousey) May 14, 2018
While Nia’s social media tweet does explain a little bit about why she challenged Ronda (shouldn’t it have been the other way though?), Ronda Rousey vs. Nia Jax seems like a storyline that sprung in someone’s head on Sunday night and began to unravel on Monday.
Or does it just seem that way to the WWE Universe because of how it is being presented? Could it be that Ronda Rousey vs. Nia Jax is just a distraction or an arc to launch another singles program on the horizon? Rousey has yet to fully dive into singles action, not only when it comes to the ring, but also the promo work that goes along with being a part of a one-on-one program; whether it is a title race storyline or not. The lead up to Ronda Rousey vs. Nia Jax will offer the Baddest Woman on the Planet an opportunity to get her feet wet when it comes to mic work and this time around, she won’t have a Kurt Angle, HHH, and Stephanie McMahon to help her along the way. She will have Jax to banter along with; however, I still can’t shake the idea that throwing Rousey into the title race picture so soon isn’t part of a larger plan.
While Rousey defeating Jax may seem like a logical outcome, my thoughts are to truly build Ronda up as the face of the women’s division, potentially the face of the WWE, she needs to be thrown many an obstacle in her way before she finally snags that holy grail. I truly believe that Ronda won’t win at MITB, and the fact that she won’t win will only help to heighten her popularity and tug at fan’s heart strings; this recipe worked for “Stone Cold” Steve Austin, Daniel Bryan, Bayley, and so many other superstars before them.
I foresee Natalya interfering in the Ronda Rousey vs. Nia Jax match, launching a standard friend-versus-friend program to help Rousey ease into the WWE, its programs, one-on-one action, and the promo work of it all; and the only way to truly anchor something where Nattie would turn on Rousey is that women’s title and the fact that Natalya couldn’t stand to see Ronda win that championship.
So, yes, initially I thought Ronda Rousey vs. Nia Jax might have been a little too much, too soon; however, when I look at the grander picture, it may be just what Rousey needs to help move along her WWE story.