Backlash Preview: Women’s Championship Six-Pack Challenge
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Backlash Preview: Women’s Championship Six-Pack Challenge

The first SmackDown Women’s Champion will be crowned at WWE Backlash Sunday, Sept. 11, when Becky Lynch, Nikki Bella, Natalya, Naomi, Alexa Bliss and Carmella compete in a Six-Pack Challenge. The first Superstar to claim a fall will be declared the victor and new titleholder.

SmackDown Live General Manager Daniel Bryan and Commissioner Shane McMahon unveiled the newly commissioned championship on Aug. 23, only two days after Team Blue received a “Fearless” surprise.

The longest-reigning Divas Champion in history, Nikki Bella returned unannounced at SummerSlam in her first match back since undergoing neck surgery in January. Taking the spot of Eva Marie in a Six-Woman Tag Team Match, Nikki showed she hasn’t lost a step, winning the bout for her team after torching Carmella with a new finishing maneuver.

In a post-match interview, Nikki left no doubt that she has come back with the intention of dominating SmackDown Live, but to become the brand’s top female Superstar, she must contend with a dangerous playing field that barely resembles the one she left in October 2015.

Former Divas Champion Natalya has grown more vicious inside the ring since then, while “Irish Lass Kicker” Becky Lynch — the only member of the “Four Horsewomen” to have never won a title in either NXT or WWE — looks to prove that Bryan and McMahon’s faith wasn’t misplaced when they made her Team Blue’s first female WWE Draft pick.

SmackDown Live’s increasingly stacked Women’s division doesn’t end there. With a new, jaw-dropping entrance to match her vivacious style of combat, Naomi is eager to leave the competition in the “Rear View,” and WWE newcomers Carmella and Alexa Bliss seek to continue the trend of NXT women quickly ascending the ranks in WWE.

Which Superstar will earn the distinction of becoming the first SmackDown Women’s Champion? Watch the blue brand-exclusive WWE Backlash Sunday, Sept. 11, at 8 ET/5 PT on WWE Network to find out.

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Shane-O-Mac and Bryan declared that the SmackDown Women’s Champion would be decided via a Six-Pack Challenge at Backlash on Sept. 11.

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The thunderous reaction Nikki Bella received during her return to WWE at SummerSlam only continued on SmackDown Live as she came out to a hero’s welcome from the Connecticut contingent of the WWE Universe as she prepared to take on Carmella.

The returning Nikki began to speak from the heart in front of the WWE faithful until she was viciously blindsided by Carmella, clearly still frustrated by being pinned by Nikki this past Sunday. As a result of the attack, the match would never happen. Adding insult to injury (that she caused), Carmella struck Nikki with the Bella Buster before trotting off incredibly proud of herself.

F-A-B-U-L-O-U-S? Nah, seems a little more like J-E-A-L-O-U-S-Y now for the Princess of Staten Island.

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“Fameless” Video & Screencaps

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From the mischievous mind of comedian and actor David Spade comes Fameless, a genre-busting prank show about how far real people will go for a moment in the spotlight. Each week, the series features a group of unsuspecting desperate-to-be-famous individuals who believe they’ve been cast on a reality show. However, unbeknownst to them, they are really filming a parody with improv actors creating over-the-top scenarios that steadily increase the absurdity and ridiculousness of each situation – testing the patience of everyone NOT in on the joke.

An MC’s hopes of surprising a famous pair of wrestling twins goes up in flames.

Smackdown Preview: Will Nikki Bella Take Over?
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Smackdown Preview: Will Nikki Bella Take Over?

Perhaps one of the biggest surprises of SummerSlam was when Nikki Bella returned from her longstanding neck injury to win the 6-Women Tag Team Match and join the SmackDown Live roster!

Later in a WWE.com Exclusive video, the former champion made it clear that she has big plans for Team Blue. Her victory at The Biggest Event of the Summer has already provided a reminder of just how dangerous she can and will be to have on Tuesday nights. But with her brother-in-law Daniel Bryan already teasing the creation of new SmackDown championships and her fellow competitors calling for the creation of a SmackDown Women’s Title, you can bet the Tuesday night’s newest Superstar will only add fuel to that fire.

Don’t miss when Nikki Bella makes her SmackDown Live debut tonight at 8/7 C on USA Network.

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Nikki Hid Out In John’s Bus Before SummerSlam

This is me while I waited on a bus to surprise everyone, even my partners & opponents last night at SummerSlam. 7 months ago when I had surgery I hoped for that day to come but was told it wouldn't. I prayed and trained so hard that it would. I just knew that I couldn't have already had my ending in the ring. I just wouldn't accept it. The @wwe universe keeps me alive. You give me energy that no one else can give me. You challenge me. You make me want to be better. It's crazy what you do to me. And the welcome Brooklyn gave me made me hold in tears. I was just blown away. I'm excited to make magic happen at #smackdown I'm excited to be back! Im@excited to show everyone that the impossible is truly possible! My heart and passion is in that ring… Always will be! Love you all! #stayfearless #fearlessnikki #nevergiveup

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This is me while I waited on a bus to surprise everyone, even my partners & opponents last night at SummerSlam. 7 months ago when I had surgery I hoped for that day to come but was told it wouldn’t. I prayed and trained so hard that it would. I just knew that I couldn’t have already had my ending in the ring. I just wouldn’t accept it. The @wwe universe keeps me alive. You give me energy that no one else can give me. You challenge me. You make me want to be better. It’s crazy what you do to me. And the welcome Brooklyn gave me made me hold in tears. I was just blown away. I’m excited to make magic happen at #smackdown I’m excited to be back! Im@excited to show everyone that the impossible is truly possible! My heart and passion is in that ring… Always will be! Love you all! #stayfearless #fearlessnikki #nevergiveup