A recap was given of last week’s events between Nikki and Natalya. Backstage, some security guys walked up and gave an all clear. Natalya then walked in, and asked Daniel Bryan why she was there. Nikki Bella then walked in, and they started bickering. Bryan finally screamed “enough” and said he was making a match between them at Elimination Chamber.
I’ll have screencaps later today.
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.
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.
After their explosive exchange last week, Nikki Bella called Natalya out in the ring, declaring she wanted to finish what they started. However, The Queen of Black Harts did not step foot in the arena, instead opting to ridicule Fearless Nikki, first from the crowd and then while stationed in front of the merchandise stand in the arena.
Nikki eventually became fed up and dashed to the concourse to scrap it out with Natalya where security had to separate the Superstars after they completely wrecked the area.
(Screencaps later today!)
Prior to their highly-personal scheduled match getting under way, Natalya attacked Nikki Bella backstage. This left Nikki in a fit of rage, causing her to lunge at Natalya before the bell could even officially ring on their match. Fearless Nikki went berserk on The Queen Harts for a period of time until Natalya was able to pry away from the security trying to separate the Superstars, connect with a blindside chop block to Nikki and then lock in the Sharpshooter.
Natalya eventually relinquished the Sharpshooter, but not before doing a ton of damage in the process.
Nikki Bella and Natalya’s war of words continued as the two spiraled into deeper hostility as they slung insults each other’s way on SmackDown LIVE.
The Queen of Harts continued to question Nikki’s values and ascent while Fearless Nikki implied that Natalya was only where she was in WWE because of her uncle, WWE Hall of Famer Bret Hart. This escalated into Natalya claiming she is better than her uncle and that one day Nikki’s boyfriend John Cena would leave her and that she would die alone.
Those were indeed fighting words, as Nikki hauled off on Natalya with a huge forearm, knocking Natalya down and out.
Nikki Bella was interviewed backstage, and she said she’s proud of her accomplishments in the ring, her reality show, and her relationship her man. She said she would say what she needed to say to Natalya to her face.
“You know Dasha, I’m not ashamed of who I am. The more success you achieve, the more people want to knock you down. I became the longest reigning Divas champion by working my tail off every single night, and I came back from a career threatening neck injury in less than 10 months. And it wasn’t because of my looks. It was because of my determination. And you know what, I am damn proud of being a part of two hit reality tv shows, and most importantly, I am madly in love with the man of my dreams.”
Sick of the rumors surrounding the attack on Nikki Bella at Survivor Series, Natalya asked the Fearless Superstar to come to the ring. Before they could get a word out, however, Carmella decided to join the party. And when The Princess of Staten Island started firing away with all the things she claimed Nattie said about Nikki, the agitated Queen of Harts got so wrapped up in it that she accidently confirmed the things Carmella was saying were true.
After chasing the instigator up the ramp and hurling her into the Christmas tree on the SmackDown LIVE set, Natalya admitted that she had, in fact, attacked Nikki at Survivor Series and added insult to injury by hurling her with insults and saying that John Cena would never marry her.
With the controversy over who actually attacked Nikki Bella at Survivor Series still raging, Natalya attempted to diffuse Carmella’s claims that it was her before the match began by addressing Nikki (who was on commentary). The Princess of Staten Island quickly cut that off though, making her way to the ring to get the contest rolling.
The Queen of Harts would not be deterred, however, still trying to plead her case to Fearless Nikki even while wrestling the match. However, a questionable moment came when Natalya, trying to reason with Nikki on the outside shoved The Fearless One. Whether or not she was shoving her out of the way of Carmella or simply shoving her is a mystery.
All of these distractions for Natalya, however, led to Carmella taking advantage, finding a three count with a roll up for the victory.
Following Carmella’s accusation at WWE TLC that it was actually Natalya who attacked Nikki Bella at Survivor Series, The Queen of Harts challenged The Princess of Staten Island to a fight on SmackDown Live.
Carmella ran down Natalya’s character which prompted Natalya to aggressively attack her before the bell could ever ring. Carmella then bolted, which prompted Natalya to chase her to the backstage where she ran into Nikki Bella.
Nikki stared daggers into Natalya and although Natalya began to try and explain Fearless Nikki would have none of it and just coldly stormed off.