KEY POINTS

  • Liv Morgan earned her first solo title run at Money in the Bank 2022
  • Ronda Rousey reportedly pushed for Morgan to win the SmackDown Women's Title
  • Morgan is expected to drop the title at SummerSlam on July 30

WWE fans were treated to a pleasant surprise when Liv Morgan was crowned as the new SmackDown Women’s Champion in the penultimate matchup of Money in the Bank 2022 this past Saturday, July 2.

When the referee counted Morgan’s pin on Ronda Rousey, fans in attendance roared and social media celebrated her long-awaited title win as it felt like the culmination of a long road to the top of the division.

Rousey’s personal photographer, Michael Mardones, shared an Instagram story that was reposted on Twitter about her demanding “that the most passionate pro wrestler be awarded the most prestigious title in our industry.”

Morgan joined WWE in 2014 and was assigned to NXT for the next three years as the developmental territory molded her into a WWE performer.

She would make her main roster debut on the November 21, 2017 episode of SmackDown Live as part of the Riott Squad alongside Sarah Logan and Ruby Riott (now Ruby Soho since joining AEW).

Since that time, she had failed to break through the main event scene as a mainstay performer and was only in recent years that she found her footing as a singles star.

Morgan has built an ardent fanbase because of her work ethic, decent mic skills, and overall charm inside the ring, which has definitely played a part in lifting her to the top pedestal in the singles scene.

However, they may be in for a wild ride in the coming weeks as famed pro wrestling personality Dave Meltzer reported on the most recent episode of Wrestling Observer Radio that Morgan might just simply be a transitional champion.

“The fans won’t be happy with [Liv Morgan losing the title at SummerSlam]. But I don’t think the idea is to go with Ronda as a heel because Charlotte Flair is going to be her opponent when she comes back” he stated.

Meltzer later added that Rousey will be continuing the feud with Morgan all the way through SummerSlam on July 30.

Having the title taken off Morgan so quickly does put her in a precarious position of putting in her best body of work in the coming weeks in the hopes of impressing the people backstage to give her an extended run.

Regardless of how long she will carry the title, Morgan has proven herself to be one of the most reliable performers in the company in recent years.

Liv Morgan, Ronda Rousey
Ronda Rousey (right) desperately attempts a an ankle lock on Liv Morgan (left) at Money in the Bank on July 2, 2022. WWE
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