– WWE announce early this morning via Twitter that Alexa Bliss has been pulled from tonight’s Mixed Match Challenge (MMC) event due to an injury. It was alluded that she is dealing with an arm injury she suffered at Hell in a Cell (HIAC) when she tapped out to Ronda Rousey’s armbar submission. While this initially seemed like a work, reports have since surfaced indicating that Bliss has been pulled from in-ring competition and live events due to a legitimate arm injury. In the meantime, Ember Moon will take Alexa’s place in the MMC, partnering up with Braun Strowman.
Due to an arm injury, @AlexaBliss_WWE is unable to compete on @WWE Mixed Match Challenge tonight. @BraunStrowman will now team up with @WWEEmberMoon for the Season 2 premiere. #WWEMMC pic.twitter.com/LUjyCIFwyZ
— WWE (@WWE) September 18, 2018
While it is clear that the WWE is trying to use this injury to help further push over Rousey and her devastating submission maneuver, it has been noted that should Bliss recover by the time Team Little Big has it’s next MMC match, she will be given her spot back once again. Therefore, there is a good chance this might not be something major. Regardless, here’s hoping we aren’t seeing a huge injury for Bliss; she’s been on quite a roll since she entered WWE’s main roster in 2016.
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– Alternatively, WWE fans saw Jeff Hardy carried out in a stretcher this past Sunday, after his brutal HIAC match with Randy Orton. Good news for Hardy and his fan base: he returned to in-ring competition this past Monday night during an Oklahoma City house show. Hardy teamed up with WWE World Heavyweight Champion AJ Styles and R-Truth to battle Randy Orton, Samoa Joe, and United States Champion Shinsuke Nakamura. The face team won the bout, with Styles pinning Joe after hitting him with his Phenomenal Forearm finisher.
It seems that despite Hardy’s brother Matt recently retiring from in-ring action, Jeff still has some matches in him. A fan favorite for years now, Jeff Hardy continues to be one of the most unique and pivotal characters on the SmackDown LIVE roster today.