Ronda Rousey was more ready than Nia Jax gave her credit for when it came to the various rules and quirks of WWE-style competition. She was ready for the headbutts, ready for the slams, ready for all of it. But neither woman was ready for a Money in the Bank cash-in, and instead, it was Alexa Bliss, not Nia or Ronda, who left WWE Money in the Bank as Raw Women’s Champion just 90 minutes after winning the contract.
The match was laid out and practiced at the WWE Performance Center in Orlando, Florida the week before so that Rousey wouldn’t look bad given her lack of wrestling experience. WWE officials were very pleased with Rousey’s performance, feeling that she went above and beyond their expectations. They were exceptionally happy with her facials and selling during the match.
WWE producer Fit Finlay laid out the match.
In the days leading up to Money in the Bank, WWE officials planned on having Rousey vs. Jax end the pay-per-view event, with Bliss cashing in her Money in the Bank contract on Nia to become the new Raw Women’s Champion. However, they ultimately decided on ending the show with Braun Strowman winning the Men’s Money in the Bank Ladder Match for “a happy ending.”
WWE creative’s plan all along was for Bliss to cash in her Money in the Bank contract on Jax to become the new Raw Women’s Champion. This decision was made because they don’t Rousey to be Raw Women’s Champion so early in her WWE career, or for her to lose.
WWE officials feel within the next six months, Rousey will tie it all together and be even better than she is now.