Alexa Bliss may have taken another L on Raw as her Raw Women’s Title defense approaches, but give her credit for knowing that, 1) the real fight comes during Sunday’s Extreme Rules Match, and 2) her best chance of beating or even weakening Nia Jax in that match is to use the full scope of that lawless stipulation. If tonight was any indication, however, it might not be enough.
Bliss’ docket for Raw had been a tag team match pitting her and Mickie James against Jax & Natalya, which The Irresistible Force won after hitting Mickie with a devastating leg drop. The champion took advantage of Nia’s preoccupation to strike with a Kendo stick — her weapon of choice at last year’s Extreme Rules — and use it to blistering effect until the exact second Jax decided she’d had enough. The Irresistible Force snatched the stick out of Bliss’ hands after absorbing a few strikes and snapped it clean in two, sending Bliss scurrying back up the ramp.
So, to recap for Sunday: Angry challenger, nervous champion, anything goes. And, of course, Ronda Rousey will be there to watch.