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Smackdown Preview: Did Natalya attack Nikki Bella at Survivor Series?

Nikki Bella may have triumphed over Carmella in an intense No Disqualification Match at WWE TLC Sunday night. However, The Princess of Staten Island quickly ruined Nikki’s celebration when she claimed that it was actually Natalya who carried out the mysterious backstage assault on her “Total Divas” co-star at Survivor Series.

Later in the pay-per-view, Natalya flat-out denied Carmella’s allegations, calling the claims “absurd” and her accuser “a liar.” But, did The Queen of Harts actually do it? Will she make Carmella pay for saying she did? And will Nikki Bella herself have anything to say about it this Tuesday night?

TLC Preview: Nikki Bella vs. Carmella (No Disqualification Match)
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TLC Preview: Nikki Bella vs. Carmella (No Disqualification Match)

Looking to end her rivalry with Carmella once and for all, Nikki Bella has successfully petitioned to face The Princess of Staten Island in a No Disqualification Match at WWE TLC.

The rules will be thrown out the window Sunday, Dec. 4, leaving the bitter foes to settle their grudge in one of the most lawless matches imaginable. Such extreme circumstances speak to the uncontrollable hostility that exists between the two Superstars.

Since Nikki’s triumphant return in August from a career-threatening neck injury, Carmella has repeatedly attacked and belittled the fearless former Divas Champion. The Fabulous Superstar has even gone so far as to say the only reason for Bella’s success in WWE is her relationship with John Cena.

Things hit a tipping point at Survivor Series when a mystery attacker took out Nikki prior to the Raw vs. SmackDown LIVE 5-on-5 Traditional Women’s Elimination Match. Though Nikki was unable to positively identify her assailant, she accused Carmella of being responsible for the blitz. Carmella denies any wrongdoing — in this instance, at least — but it doesn’t change the fact she and Nikki are headed for a collision course at WWE TLC.

Watch WWE’s version of a demolition derby, WWE TLC 2016, when it airs live on the award-winning WWE Network Sunday, Dec. 4, at 8 ET/5 PT.

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Team Raw vs. Team SmackDown LIVE in a 5-on-5 Traditional Survivor Series Women’s Elimination Match

Bragging rights will be on the line when Raw and SmackDown LIVE’s Women’s divisions go head-to-head in a 5-on-5 Traditional Survivor Series Women’s Elimination Match at the 30th annual Survivor Series.

A hallmark of WWE’s fall classic, the Traditional Elimination Match can only end when all members of one team are eliminated. Elimination can occur by pinfall, submission, disqualification or count-out, and Superstars must leave the ringside area after they have been eliminated.

Team Raw is captained by Raw Women’s Champion Charlotte Flair and also features Flair’s bitter rival, Sasha Banks, plus Bayley, Nia Jax and Alicia Fox. Unity may be impossible to achieve, but at least Charlotte had a plan in case The Boss was unable to make it to Survivor Series following her brutal Hell in a Cell Match: The self-proclaimed “Queen” went so far as to recruit her protégé Dana Brooke as a team alternate.

SmackDown LIVE, meanwhile, is represented by team captain Nikki Bella, SmackDown Women’s Champion Becky Lynch, Alexa Bliss, Naomi and Carmella. Team Blue management also agreed to let Natalya coach the squad, but it remains to be seen whether The Queen of Harts will help SmackDown LIVE’s chances of keeping the peace amid such combustible elements.

What type of dream matchups await at Survivor Series? Will the WWE Universe witness a showdown between the champions, Flair and Lynch? Might Nikki Bella, the longest reigning Divas Champion in WWE history, step toe-to-toe with the destructive Nia Jax? What happens if onetime best friends Bayley and Carmella come to blows?

Most important of all: Which Women’s division will prevail?

Don’t miss Survivor Series 2016, live Sunday, Nov. 20, on the award-winning WWE Network, at a special start time of 7 ET/4 PT.
 

Preview: Internal turmoil threatens Survivor Series Women’s Team
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Preview: Internal turmoil threatens Survivor Series Women’s Team

Following another heated altercation last week, the captain of SmackDown LIVE’s 5-on-5 Traditional Survivor Series Women’s Elimination Match, Nikki Bella, will square off against longstanding adversary Carmella tonight.

Will The Fearless Nikki finally teach some respect to The Princess of Staten Island? Will coach Natalya and the other members of the team look to play a part in the outcome? And what effect will their ongoing altercation have on Team Blue’s chances of reigning supreme over Team Red at Survivor Series?

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Another Nikki Bella vs. Carmella match with the added storyline that Natayla, the coach of the SmackDown Live women’s Survivor Series team, can’t figure out how to get everyone on the same page.

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SmackDown Live names its women’s team for Survivor Series

Last night on Raw, Charlotte was named team captain and added Nia Jax and Bayley to her team representing the red brand at Survivor Series on Nov. 20, 2016, in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. There are two names to come.

Tonight, SmackDown Live named each member of its team. They are:

Nikki Bella
Becky Lynch
Carmella
Alexa Bliss
Naomi

In addition, Natalya was named the special coach of the team after pleading with General Manager Daniel Bryan and Commissioner Shane McMahon.

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Nikki Bella is named captain of the SmackDown LIVE Women’s team
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Nikki Bella is named captain of the SmackDown LIVE Women’s team

The Women’s team representing SmackDown LIVE in its battle against Raw at Survivor Series 2016 now has a captain, and she is Fearless.

Nikki Bella, the longest-reigning Divas Champion in WWE history, will lead Team Blue into action against Team Red in Nov. 20’s showdown between the brands’ top female Superstars.

The Fearless Superstar earned the right by defeating Natalya on SmackDown LIVE Oct. 25. According to a pre-match ruling by SmackDown LIVE General Manager Daniel Bryan, the victor of that contest would automatically be named the team captain, while the loser would lose her chance at participating in the highly anticipated team fight.

Now that its Women’s team captain is known, how will SmackDown LIVE round out its army of Superstars? And when will Raw management begin to assemble their own team of female Superstars for WWE’s fall classic?

The 5-on-5 Traditional Survivor Series Women’s Elimination Match takes place at Survivor Series 2016 on Sunday, Nov. 20, live on the award-winning WWE Network.

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Fearless meets Fabulous at No Mercy

Carmella craves the spotlight, but the ever-fabulous competitor will find out if she can rise to the occasion when she faces the longest-reigning Divas Champion in history, Nikki Bella, this Sunday at WWE No Mercy.

The Princess of Staten Island has targeted Bella ever since SummerSlam, when Fearless Nikki made a triumphant and unannounced return from a career-threatening neck injury, pinning Carmella to win SmackDown LIVE’s Six-Woman Tag Team Match.

Believing that Nikki’s comeback stole attention away from her WWE pay-per-view debut (in her home state, no less), Carmella revealed a newly vicious demeanor in the weeks that followed. She wasted no opportunity to attack Nikki, going so far as to ambush her on the set of Talking Smack, and Carmella has even pinned her more experienced rival, too, in tag action.

This Sunday, the young lioness looks to achieve the biggest victory of her WWE career at the expense of the most decorated athlete in Team Blue’s Women’s division. Don’t miss this pivotal showdown when SmackDown LIVE’s brand-exclusive No Mercy takes over WWE Network this Sunday at 8 ET/5 PT.

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Who’s the hottest competitor in the Women’s division?

Alexa Bliss has wasted no time in making her mark on SmackDown LIVE, capturing the right to battle Becky Lynch for the SmackDown Women’s Championship at No Mercy and, most recently, attacking the titleholder from behind as the Irish Lass Kicker was emerging for a match.

However, is she the hottest competitor in the Women’s division? Carmella has proven herself to be extremely vicious, relentlessly targeting the always-game Nikki Bella with several assaults and even pinning the Fearless Superstar in tag team action last week.

Despite these hungry up-and comers making so much noise against the likes of Becky and Nikki, one must be careful not to turn her back on the likes of Naomi or Natalya – or they might just end up paying a very painful price.

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SmackDown LIVE’s turbulent Women’s division is stronger than ever

To say that the SmackDown LIVE’s Women’s division is on fire would be an understatement. Last week, the WWE Universe watched as Alexa Bliss literally turned the tables on SmackDown Women’s Champion Becky Lynch during their No Mercy Contract Signing, only to suffer an Irish Lass Kicking for her efforts. On the same night, Carmella was so anxious to once again get her hands on Nikki Bella that she snatched her target away from her own partner’s Sharpshooter.

There’s no doubt that Alexa will do whatever it takes to gain momentum en route to her pay-per-view title opportunity. It will be interesting to see if “Becky Balboa” has what it takes to withstand her relentless assault. And when you consider that Nikki Bella has never been one to let stand any aggression toward her, The Princess of Staten Island had better watch her back.