Natalya made things as personal as possible with Nikki Bella. She may well have to answer for that when the two Superstars go head-to-head at WWE Elimination Chamber, live Sunday, Feb. 12, only on the award-winning WWE Network.
The reborn “Queen of Black Harts” first took aim at The Fearless One when she ambushed Nikki at Survivor Series in November, forcing the former Divas Champion to vacate her spot on the SmackDown LIVE Women’s squad at that pay-per-view. Ever since being exposed as the culprit, Natalya has accused Nikki of riding her boyfriend John Cena’s coattails to success, while also distancing herself from her own famous lineage, particularly her “ex-uncle” Bret Hart. Somehow, in the midst of all of this, Natalya has found the time to administer some absolutely brutal sneak attacks on her fellow Total Divas star.
And now, WWE Commissioner Shane McMahon has had enough. In order to put a stop to the chaos and give each Superstar a chance to prove she can succeed outside the shadow of her family and loved ones, The Prodigal Son declared that two of Team Blue’s most decorated veterans will settle their score at WWE Elimination Chamber. Which woman will emerge victorious? Find out Sunday, Feb. 12, only on the award-winning WWE Network.
The SmackDown LIVE Women’s division is anything but uneventful. This Sunday, on the Royal Rumble Kickoff, several rivalries will intersect when Nikki Bella, Becky Lynch & Naomi square off against SmackDown Women’s Champion Alexa Bliss, Mickie James & Natalya in a Six-Woman Tag Team Match.
Bliss and Lynch’s conflict over the title has escalated over the past several weeks with the mysterious injection of the masked La Luchadora. However, when La Luchadora was revealed to be the legendary Mickie James during Bliss and Lynch’s historic Steel Cage Match, it was clear the landscape of the division had officially changed. James helped WWE’s Wicked Witch retain her title, and the two seem to have formed a mighty powerful alliance.
Meanwhile, Nikki and Natalya have been engulfed in their own personally charged war that has seen insults and fists fly in equal measure. The returning Naomi then entered the mix with a tense exchange with Bliss on SmackDown LIVE just six days before Royal Rumble, claiming that she would be the one to dethrone Alexa for Team Blue’s top women’s prize.
Now, with all of these matters merging on the Kickoff, sparks will inevitably fly. Will Bliss, James and Natalya’s mind games pay dividends in the way of a tactical advantage? Or, will Fearless Nikki, Naomi and The Irish Lass Kicker all be able to exact retribution in one fell swoop?
Don’t miss the Royal Rumble Kickoff, airing live this Sunday, Jan. 29, on the award-winning WWE Network at a special start time of 5 ET/2 PT. In addition to WWE Network, the Kickoff is available on WWE.com, the WWE App, YouTube, Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest and Google+.
Last week during Natalya’s match against Carmella, The Queen of Harts once again tried to explain that it wasn’t she who attacked Nikki Bella at Survivor Series. However, in the heat of the moment, Natalya pushed Nikki. Was she simply shoving the fearless competitor out of the way of The Princess of Staten Island? Or was Natalya, for one moment, outing herself as Nikki’s attacker all along?
In any event, the lingering controversy continues to surround all three Superstars like a dark cloud that refuses to dissipate. Will we finally learn who attacked the star of both “Total Divas” and “Total Bellas” tonight on SmackDown LIVE?
Last week, following Carmella’s claims that Natalya had attacked Nikki Bella at Survivor Series, a stone-faced Nikki didn’t seem the least bit receptive to Natalya’s denial. Later on Talking Smack, The Princess of Staten Island further explained her side of things and added more fuel to the fire.
Which one’s lying: Carmella or Natalya? And will Fearless Nikki take it upon herself to find out the answer with whatever force necessary?