Since day one, Becky Lynch has dreamed of becoming a champion and having her sacrifices validated for both her and her fans. Well, The Irish Lass Kicker finally checked that one off the list at Backlash, winning the Six-Pack Elimination Challenge to become the first SmackDown Women’s Champion in epic fashion.
Oh, and that sound you hear? Yeah, that’s the rest of the Superstars in the Women’s division salivating to now make her their new prime target. Which competitor (if not all of them) will step to Lynch in an attempt to get the first solo title opportunity?
Another thing that did not go unnoticed Sunday was just how intense the ongoing conflict is between Carmella and Nikki Bella. At the height of their collision during the free-for-all, The Princess of Staten Island ultimately eliminated Nikki, although it wasn’t without a tremendous amount of blowback from the Fearless Superstar. Will the beef between the two interfere with Becky’s inauguration?
Last week, Carmella once again took out Nikki Bella, the competitor perceived by many to be the favorite heading into the Six-Pack Challenge at Backlash to crown the first SmackDown Women’s Champion this Sunday.
However, that conflict is quite frankly just the tip of the iceberg, as the entire Women’s division – from seasoned battlers to hungry up-and-comers – are all clamoring to prove that they have what it takes to rule over Team Blue. Who will make their mark on the final show before the first SmackDown LIVE pay-per-view?
After the SmackDown Women’s Title was unveiled on SmackDown Live and a Six-Pack Challenge for that title was announced to crown the inaugural champion at Backlash, up-and-coming Superstar Carmella made am aggressive statement. She attacked Nikki Bella before her SmackDown Live debut match — and then again on Talking Smack.
Will Nikki be out for payback on The Princess of Stanton Island? Yeah, probably. What other competitor will look to make their voice heard as things heats up on the road to SmackDown Live’ first solo pay-per-view.
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.
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.
E! has announced the new series “Total Bellas” with Nikki and Brie Bella, a spinoff of the network’s hit series “Total Divas.” The six, one-hour episodes will give viewers exclusive access into the lives of The Bella Twins and their significant others, John Cena and Daniel Bryan, as the WWE Superstars move in together and enter a new chapter of their lives, both professionally and personally.
After Nikki goes through delicate surgery on her neck and spine, her sister and brother-in-law move into the house she shares with Cena in order to care for her and keep her company during her long and protracted recovery. The Bella Twins will continue to appear on “Total Divas,” which concludes its fifth season tomorrow night at 9 p.m. ET.
“We are excited to build on one of our most successful franchises with this new series that goes exclusively inside the world of WWE fan favorites The Bella Twins,” said Jeff Olde, EVP, Programming and Development, E! “Nikki and Brie Bella have an undeniable charm and wit that matches their irrefutable beauty, and we are thrilled to get an intimate look into what it’s like to be in a relationship with some of the hottest sports entertainers in the world.”
Additionally, E!, WWE and Bunim-Murray Productions’ hit series “Total Divas” will return for its sixth season this fall. Brie Bella, Nikki Bella, Eva Marie, Naomi, Natalya and Paige will continue to give viewers an inside glimpse at balancing life in the spotlight and the non-stop action of their professional careers with the drama of their everyday lives.
In addition, Season 6 will introduce “Total Divas” fans to Lana, Renee Young, and Maryse, a former two-time WWE Divas Champion and wife of Mike “The Miz” Mizanin.
I’m SO proud of these ladies and I can’t wait to see this show!
It’s part 2 of the Season 5 Finale, baby. Rosa has her baby and Nikki gets the full scoop on the scope of her injury. Tune into “Total Divas” Tuesday at 9/8 C on E!.
Battle lines have been drawn. “Total Divas” Brie Bella, Paige, Natalya, Alicia Fox & Eva Marie will attempt to put aside their differences long enough to take down the squad of B.A.D. & Blonde, featuring Lana, Naomi, Tamina, Emma & Summer Rae, this Sunday on the WrestleMania Kickoff.
The match will take place during the second hour of the Kickoff live on USA Network, as well as for free on WWE.com, the WWE App, Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, Pinterest and Google+.
With seemingly incompatible elements on both sides, the newly confirmed match is proof that common enemies can lead to the unlikeliest of partnerships.
The bout also marks the in-ring debut of the Diva who sparked the war in the first place: Lana. The Ravishing Russian began targeting Brie Bella weeks ago, and soon aligned herself with Team B.A.D. Though Lana’s campaign against Brie began with one of her characteristic verbal assaults, in a surprise move, it then turned physical, with Lana ambushing the former Divas Champion and using the Bella Twin’s own signature move against her.
The trio’s brash behavior rankled their peers, even to the point where known Bella nemesis Paige agreed to side with Brie if it meant getting her hands on The Ravishing Russian.
Brie’s stubbornness creates a roadblock for the Bellas’ new lingerie line; Mandy tries to play the role of peacemaker when she and her parents go on a joint family vacation with the Neidharts; and Nattie attempts to put a stop to her dad’s embarrassing antics.
No Retreat: Paige gets cold feet after agreeing to help a fan tell his family he’s gay; Brie feels torn between her friends and Bryan when she takes them on a meditation retreat; and Eva is tasked with forming a tag team with rookie Mandy Rose.