WWE SummerSlam: Ronda Rousey's Road To Title Shot Vs. Alexa Bliss

WWE’s second biggest pay-per-view event the year, SummerSlam, is set to kick f tonight, August 19, at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn featuring a card with more than 13 matches that is expected to run for over five hours. Needless to say, there are a lot highly anticipated matches in store, but no match has more mainstream crossover than Ronda Rousey’s SummerSlam debut.

Sure, you could argue Brock Lesnar’s match against Roman Reigns for the Universal Championship will have equal mainstream appeal, though it’s Rousey’s chance to claim her first WWE Raw Women’s championship that takes precedence. Having only been in the WWE for seven months, Rousey has already proven that she’s on the fast track to the top the women’s division and tonight could mark a monumental moment in what figures to be a lengthy run with the WWE.

Ahead her title match tonight against Raw Women’s Champion Alexa Bliss, we take a look back at Rousey’s timeline with the WWE from her Royal Rumble debut up until now.

Royal Rumble 2018, January, 28

The UFC Hall Famer made her debut at the Royal Rumble on January 28, following the first ever women’s Royal Rumble. Befor the Rumble winner, Asuka, could make her decision for which title she wanted to challenge for at Wrestlemania 34, she was interrupted by “The Baddest Woman on the Planet,” ficially confirming she had signed full-time with WWE.  

Wrestlemania 34, April 8

Rousey’s first feud as an ficial member the WWE roster didn’t come until months after her debut at the Royal Rumble, when she squared f against none other than Stephanie McMahon and her husband, Triple H.

Raw General Manager Kurt Angle teamed with Rousey at Wrestlemania 34 for a mixed tag-team match against the authority. Of course, the former UFC champ and the Olympic gold medalist walked out New Orleans on top.

Raw Women’s Champion Nia Jax Challenges Rousey, May 14 

Having secured a victory in her first WWE match at Wrestlemania, Rousey shifted her focus towards a singles run – and she didn’t have to wait long before earning a title shot.

During a joint E! News interview at the NBCUniversal Upfronts in May, then-Raw Women’s champion Nia Jax challenged Rousey to a match at June’s “Money In The Bank” pay-per-view. Naturally, Rousey obliged, setting the stage for yet another high-prile bout at one WWE’s biggest PPV events.

Money In The Bank, June 17

Things didn’t go quite as planned for Rousey when she locked horns with “The Irresistible Force,” Nia Jax, at the Money In The Bank PPV.

While she looked solid in the ring, both on the fensive and when taking bumps, her attempt at winning gold came up short when an opportunistic Alexa Bliss cashed in her “Money In The Bank” briefcase that she won earlier in the night. The briefcase contains a contract that guarantees the winner a match for a world championship at any time within the next year. Bliss merely waited hours before pouncing on the opportunity. 

As Rousey applied her patented armbar on Jax, Bliss unexpectedly appeared in the ring and used her briefcase to neutralize the UFC Hall Famer. Once Rousey was out the way, she ficially cashed in her contract and regained the WWE Raw Women’s championship.

Monday Night Raw after Money In The Bank, June 18

One night after the timely cash-in, Rousey proved why she’s “The Baddest Woman on the Planet” by brutalizing Bliss with the Money in the Bank briefcase and powerbombing her through a table.

Rousey even took out some her frustration on Raw General Manager Kurt Angle, which resulted in a 30-day suspension. 

Extreme Rules, July 2

Despite her 30-day suspension, Rousey was front and center in the crowd at the Extreme Rules PPV in July, as Nia Jax got her rematch against Alexa Bliss, who won the Raw Women’s championship at Money In The Bank just weeks earlier. 

During the title match, Rousey hopped over the barricade and attacked Bliss’ partner in crime, Mickie James, before going after the champion. However, Bliss slipped through Rousey’s grasp once again, and escaped with her title in-hand.

Monday Night Raw, July 16

Just days before she was ficially eligible to return from suspension, Rousey unexpectedly appeared at the July 16th episode Raw to attack Bliss and her sidekick, Mickie James. Although Rousey got closer to snapping Bliss’ arm this time, she still was unable to inflict any damage on her hated foe.

As a result, Raw General Manager Kurt Angle added another week to her suspension. However, he added a stipulation that she’d be granted a title shot against Bliss at SummerSlam if she obliged.

Monday Night Raw, July 30

Upon Rousey’s return from suspension on July 30, she accompanied her pal Natalya to the ring for a match against Alicia Fox, who utlimately came out on top thanks to some help from Alexa Bliss.

After the match, Rousey hit Fox with her signature move and once again gave chase to Bliss – but Fox recovered in time to make the save. The heels retreated with their hands raised as Rousey fumed in the ring.

Rousey’s First Match on Monday Night Raw, August 6

As a result the events that unfolded the week before, Ronda Rousey was given a match against Alicia Fox, which marked her first ever match on Monday Night Raw. Despite several distractions from Bliss, Rousey put a beatdown on Fox and ultimately got her to tap out to the arm bar.

A feeble attempt to blindside Rousey after the match didn’t turn out as planned for the Raw Women’s champ.

SummerSlam 2018, August 19

After months cat-and-mouse, Rousey will finally get a chance to step in the ring with Alexa Bliss at SummerSlam tonight. The event, taking place at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, will air on the WWE Network and is scheduled to get underway at 7pm ET. 

Will Rousey ragdoll Bliss en route to her first ever Raw Women’s championship? Or will the reigning champ find a way to escape with her title yet again?

WWE Legend & "Soviet Heel" Nikolai Volkoff Passes Away At 70

It was his former tag-team partner that confirmed the death  WWE wrestling legend Nikolai Volkf aka Josip Nikolai Peruzović. The Iron Sheik who endured a second wave popularity during the height Twitter, shared the news  Peruzović’s passing on the very same platform. His message registered as more than a passing regard but a long goodbye among friends. The Sheik expressed with resolute pride, his fondness for Josip. The camaraderie among wrestlers in the golden era was something to behold. There’s no doubt in my mind that Sheik and Volkf shared countless hotel suites and road stories during the peak their run with the WWE.

Josip’s on-screen persona oscillated between good and bad, but never amounting to a break character. His run with the company coincided with the Reagan era Cold War so he was conveniently slapped with a “Soviet” angle he never once abandoned. The irony his characterization is that Peruzović isn’t Russian descent or from a former Soviet colony. Josip was indeed Croatian, but that didn’t stop him from singing the “Russian Anthem” before placing the CCCP banner at ringside and warming up.

Volkf was 70 when he passed. He was among the first inductees into the WWE’s upstart Hall Fame in 2005.

Former WWE Wrestler Brian Christopher Lawler Dead After Suicide

The WWE community has lost another one its own within a matter hours. Brian Christopher Lawler, the son wrestling legend Jerry “The King” Lawler, has passed away at the tender age 46. He had hung himself while confined to a Memphis jail cell. Back in June, Lawler was tracked down by authorities after skipping out on an unpaid hotel bill. His most recent arrest came a month later when he was arrested on a DUI. A good number WWE personnel and talent expressed their condolences this afternoon after receiving confirmation his death. TMZ had previously reported that he was on life support after his attempted suicide. Upon discovery, his lifeless body was rushed to a medical facility where he showed the last his vital signs.

Lawler was a cherished member the tag-team division during the WWE’s attitude era. His “Grandmaster Sexay” gimmick with tag-team member Scott “Scotty 2 Hotty” Garland, was a crowd favorite during the company’s most pritable run. When in character Brian and Scott became the lovable duo “Too Cool,” and competed against the very best the company had to fer in Edge & Christian, The Hardy Boyz, The Dudley Boyz, and the venerable Rock ‘N’ Sock Connection.