WWE.com has announced that Ronda Rousey will be challenging Nia Jax for the RAW Women’s Championship at the upcoming Money in the Bank PPV on June 17.
Jax made the announcement during the NBC Universal upfronts today at Radio City Music Hall in New York City, which has a big WWE presence today.
E! Online News has already picked up the story, including a quote from Rousey.
“We are very civil and professional ladies, so Nia did just challenge me for Money in the Bank to come after her title. I happily oblige respectfully, so I can sit next to her. We’re professionals, so when we get in there, there’s a job to be done. When we’re outside of the ring, then we can still be respectful to each other. We all have the same goals. We’re all trying to lift the women’s division and to show people that we have more to offer than they’ve given us credit for in the past.”
Jax was also quoted in the article during her appearance.
“We can still get along for now, but once we get in the ring, it’s over. All bets are off, right? I’ve never been in a ring with somebody like Ronda. She’s one of a kind, so there definitely has to be an alternation to my regimen and I’m looking forward to it.”
Photos from the WWE portion of the upfront today have started to hit Twitter.
— Lina Fanene (@NiaJaxWWE) May 14, 2018
— Kate Aurthur (@KateAurthur) May 14, 2018
No NBC talk yet but hey we got a wwe ring instead pic.twitter.com/EJKpJBrG4l
— Tim Baysinger (@tim_bays) May 14, 2018
Rousey is scheduled to join the current WWE European Tour for events starting this week in Switzerland (May 16), Austria (May 17), Italy (May 18) and France (May 19). Rousey is advertised to wrestle Mickie James during the May 19 event in Paris.
This is the second championship match to be announced for the Money in the Bank PPV in five weeks in Chicago. Smackdown Live Commissioner Shane McMahon officially booked AJ Styles vs. Shinsuke Nakamura for the WWE Championship earlier today.