Read WWE.com‘s preview of tonight’s match below:
At WWE Extreme Rules, Nia Jax will get her Raw Women’s Championship rematch against the very Superstar who stole the coveted title away from her at WWE Money in the Bank, her one-time “best friend” Alexa Bliss. Even better, it will be in an Extreme Rules Match.
The extremely volatile history between the friends turned bitter foes reached its apex when Jax defeated Five Feet of Fury at WrestleMania to claim her first Raw Women’s Championship.
However, Alexa brought Nia’s title reign to a screeching halt at WWE Money in the Bank; after overcoming seven elite Raw and SmackDown LIVE competitors to become Ms. Money in the Bank, Little Miss Bliss stunned the WWE Universe by interrupting the Raw Women’s Championship Match between the reigning titleholder and Ronda Rousey on the same night. After ending their title bout with a briefcase attack on The Baddest Women on the Planet and The Irresistible Force, Alexa cashed in her newly-captured contract on the war-torn Nia to become a five-time Women’s Champion.
The following night on Raw, an irate Rousey was suspended for putting her hands on Raw General Manager Kurt Angle and WWE officials as she brutalized the braggadocios new champion, but not before Angle had made the rematch between Jax and Bliss for WWE Extreme Rules.
Bliss reinforced that she is a cunning and ruthless competitor, one who will stop at nothing to take her place at the head of the pack, but will she be ready for Nia, a truly imposing Superstar who possesses the talent and the attitude (not to mention the DNA) to reclaim her title in short order?
As if the stakes of the match weren’t high enough, Rousey has since made it clear that, although she has been suspended from Raw, she will be buying a front row ticket for the pay-per-view showdown. What, if anything, she will do once she gets there is anyone’s guess.
Carmella and Asuka for the illustrious title at WWE Extreme Rules. To prevent Ellsworth from meddling, he will be suspended above the ring in a Shark Cage.
There is no denying that Asuka certainly can ruin a Mellabration any day of the week. With Carmella’s ongoing streak of luck and her apparent renewed association with the meddling James Ellsworth, The Empress of Tomorrow faces something of an uphill battle to best her adversary for the SmackDown Women’s Championship.
Something has to give, as SmackDown General Manager Paige has made a rematch between Carmella certainly seized the spotlight when she won the first-ever Women’s Money in the Bank Ladder Match last year – thanks to a key assist from Ellsworth. She then cashed in her coveted contract and pinned Charlotte Flair for the gold more than 280 days later before defeating The Queen again in their rematch at WWE Backlash. The Staten Island Princess may scream at a fever pitch, and she may be outspoken, but she is undoubtedly armed with the ability to remain on top for many Mellabrations to come. Still, a title match against such an elite challenger such as the Japanese sensation at WWE Money in the Bank raised the question if she would be ready for Asuka.
Prior to WrestleMania, The Empress of Tomorrow stood undefeated for well over 900 days. She won the first-ever Women’s Royal Rumble as well as the groundbreaking WWE Mixed Match Challenge Tournament alongside The Miz, and she still stands as the longest-reigning NXT Women’s Champion in history.
Was Carmella ready for Asuka in their first meeting… yes? Just when it looked like The Empress of Tomorrow was going to overcome the outspoken titleholder at the June 17 pay-per-view, another masked “Asuka” suddenly appeared on the ring apron, revealing himself to be none other than a returning Ellsworth! The distraction allowed Carmella enough time to turn the tables, pick up another huge win and retain her title.
The following week, Asuka gained a small amount of satisfaction when she interrupted Carmella’s championship celebration and laid out Ellsworth with a wicked kick. The Empress of Tomorrow also competed against Ellsworth in two battles of the sexes, with Ellsworth running away from one, and Asuka forcing him to submit to the Asuka Lock in the second, though Carmella attacked her right after. Will she get true retribution by taking away what matters most to the The Princess of Staten Island?
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