Phillips welcomed Nikki Bella and Natalya, and noted that they were in separate locations due to how personal their feud has become. He asked if they could become friends again. Nikki said the Natttie she knows and loves is dead to her. Natalya said they were never friends, and Nikki only has followers.
Nikki said Natalya is making things up in her head and has become a crazy cat lady. Natalya said she would put Nikki on the shelf. Nikki said the truth that the only thing Natalya was ever good at was wrestling. She asked what Natalya will do once Nikki beats her on Sunday. Natalya said John Cena is champion and won’t have time to nurse her back to health this time. Natalya said John Cena will move on to another woman who is better than Nikki. Natalya said Cena would probably end up with her if she wasn’t married. Nikki walked off the interview set.
Alexa Bliss is now feeling the heat — and, dare we say, the glow — courtesy of a breakout performance from Naomi on the Royal Rumble Kickoff.
Long pegged by the WWE Universe as a champion-in-waiting, the Total Divas star made her biggest statement yet in the Six-Woman Tag Team Match that opened the Kickoff portion. The bout, a conflagration of SmackDown LIVE’s various rivalries, started off in fairly-expected fashion with Natalya going nose-to-nose with a newly raven-haired Nikki Bella. Yet things quickly got mixed-and-matched when Becky Lynch, Nikki and Naomi joined forces for a triple suplex of Bliss, Natalya & Mickie James. Naomi then delivered the first big solo moment of the match, executing a cross body to all three of her team’s foes on the outside.
James, making her WWE pay-per-view return, helped to neutralize Lynch following Naomi’s acrobatics., She set Becky up for a Dungeon-style submission onslaught from Natalya, then booting her from behind the ref’s back when Alexa tagged in to play cleanup. Thanks to some strategy from Natalya that took Naomi and Nikki off the apron, The Irish Lass Kicker soon found herself stranded and at Bliss’ mercy … until she managed to tag in a fresh Naomi. The onetime Funkadactyl immediately took flight. With a timely assist from her teammates — a Bexploder Suplex to Mickie and a Bella spear to Natalya — she finally capped off the effort with a split-legged moonsault to Bliss, leaving her team to bask in the glow while Alexa found herself looking up at the lights.
Nikki Bella, who’s finally on the cusp of being cleared, just wants to get back in the ring so she can be eligible. While her physician gives her the green light and she’s able to take her first steps back in the ring at the Performance Center, WWE’s doctors aren’t convinced she’s ready to go, so Nikki continues her training while everyone else anxiously waits to hear of their post-Draft destiny …
Natalya attacked Nikki as she was being interviewed while entering the arena. Later in the show, Nikki attacked Natalya backstage before her match with Naomi.
Later, a Six Woman Tag Team Match was announced for the Royal Rumble. Becky, Naomi, and Nikki will take on Alexa Bliss, Mickie James, and Natalya.