Ronda Rousey beat Nia Jax in WWE TLC to retain the Women’s Raw Championship. It was another great performance by Rousey, who seems to improve as she goes on fighting matches. Despite having a rival with a much larger size, Rousey imposed her strength and achieved victory by submission through the armbar, dedicated to Tamina who accompanied Nia Jax during the match.
After the match, WWE cameras followed Nia Jax backstage. Becky Lynch made her appearance and attacked Nia Jax with a right hand, which caused the giant to fall collapsed on a platform. In this way, the SmackDown women’s champion achieved her personal revenge on Jax, who was the main cause of Lynch’s absence in Survivor Series.
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The rivalry between Nia Jax and Ronda Rousey comes from afar when both met in the Money in The Bank event with the title at stake. At that time, Nia Jax was the champion and Ronda Rousey the contender. When Ronda had her opponent, Alexa Bliss appeared to provoke the disqualification and use the Money in The Bank briefcase to take the title. Ronda Rousey started a rivalry with “Little Miss Bliss” and took the title, but the road between the current champion and Nia crossed again when “The Irresistible Force” won the battle royal of Evolution, a victory that gave her access to a titular fight.
During the last weeks, the rivalry between them intensified when Tamina came into play. The three women played the most important Raw women’s matches in the last US tour in South America, always with a victory for Rousey. Ember Moon became part of the rivalry ultimately to help Ronda Rousey.
According to Graham Mirmina from Sports Betting Dime, Ronda Rousey’s biggest threat was undoubtedly Nia Jax but Rousey was definitely the heavy favorite to win the Raw Women’s Championship match with her odds listed as -750 while Nia Jax was +450.