Bianca Belair defeated Alexa Bliss to retain the Raw women’s championship at the WWE Royal Rumble 2023 PPV event.
Alexa Bliss and Bianca Belair started off the match with back-and-forth punches before Alexa Bliss took the control of the match.
She put Bianca in the bow and arrow stretch and use her braid to put more pressure. Bliss was in control until Bianca Belair turned things around by hitting Alexa Bliss with a suplex.
She then stood on the second rope to hit Bliss with punches in the corner. Belair then went for a moonsault, but Alexa blocked it with her knees. Bianca dropped her again and connected the moonsault.
Alexa managed to reverse things and hit Bianca with a DDT for a near fall. After a while, Bianca tried to use a braid, but Alexa dodged it. Bliss then went for Sister Abigail, but Bianca Belair countered it and hit her with the KOD to retain her title.
After the match, Uncle Howdy appeared on screen and showed Alexa Bliss her memories of the time when she was associated with The Fiend Bray Wyatt. Uncle Howdy asked her “Do you feel in charge?”
Alexa Bliss defeated Bayley on the December 12 episode of RAW to become the #1 contender for the Raw women’s title. Right after the match, Bianca Belair came to congratulate Bliss, but she snapped after seeing the logo of Bray Wyatt and tried to hit Bianca with Sister Abigail before coming back to her senses.
The following week, Belair and Bliss were interviewed backstage, but by the end of this segment, Wyatt’s logo appeared again and Bliss hit Belair with the flower vase. On the January 2 episode of RAW, Bianca put her title on the line against Alexa, but the latter got distracted after seeing Uncle Howdy in the crowd and attacked the referee to cause a disqualification. After the match, she also attacked Bianca Belair and hit her with DDT on the steel steps.
On the January 16 episode of RAW, Bianca Belair challenged Alexa Bliss for a rematch at Royal Rumble 2023 and the latter accepted the challenge to make this match official.
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