Nikki Bella sat in on commentary as four of the six participants in the Six-Pack Challenge for the SmackDown Women’s Championship collided in tag team action.
Becky Lynch, Naomi, Natalya and Alexa Bliss battled intensely, wanting to put themselves at the head of the pack (no pun) heading into the major match at Backlash.
Unfortunately, much like last week’s nastiness that started on SmackDown Live and spilled over onto WWE Network’s Talking Smack, Carmella blindsided Nikki, with Carmella ultimately getting the better of the exchange, laying out Nikki yet again on the outside. The commotion allowed for Alexa to catch Becky off guard with a rollup for the victory.
It will be every woman for herself at Backlash, but it is clear that factions have also been drawn.
Nikki appears briefly at 2:05
Shane-O-Mac and Bryan declared that the SmackDown Women’s Champion would be decided via a Six-Pack Challenge at Backlash on Sept. 11.
The thunderous reaction Nikki Bella received during her return to WWE at SummerSlam only continued on SmackDown Live as she came out to a hero’s welcome from the Connecticut contingent of the WWE Universe as she prepared to take on Carmella.
The returning Nikki began to speak from the heart in front of the WWE faithful until she was viciously blindsided by Carmella, clearly still frustrated by being pinned by Nikki this past Sunday. As a result of the attack, the match would never happen. Adding insult to injury (that she caused), Carmella struck Nikki with the Bella Buster before trotting off incredibly proud of herself.
F-A-B-U-L-O-U-S? Nah, seems a little more like J-E-A-L-O-U-S-Y now for the Princess of Staten Island.
With Eva Marie out, many thought Natalya and Alexa Bliss were at a disadvantage heading into what was supposed to be a Six-Woman Tag Team Match at SummerSlam. However, the third-generation Superstar and the SmackDown Live newcomer had an ace up their sleeves to even the odds. Nikki Bella joined the two competitors, returning from a neck injury that kept her out of action for nearly a year to guide her team to victory over Becky Lynch, Naomi & Carmella.
he Barclays Center came unglued when the star of the upcoming E! reality show “Total Bellas” arrived, but it did not seem to give her team the upper hand in the early moments of the match, as Natalya fell victim to exciting offense from The Princess of Staten Island and Naomi.
The tide turned when Nikki tagged into the match and planted Carmella into the canvas with a spinebuster, then showed that she was feeling “Fearless” and in peak physical condition by banging out a few push-ups. The trio of Bella, Bliss & Natalya trapped Carmella in their corner, wearing down The Princess of Staten Island and preventing her partners from tagging into the bout.
Carmella was able to scurry away from Natalya and send the Irish Lass-Kicker into action. Becky hurled her rivals around with aplomb as bodies flew across the ring in a flurry of Bexploder Suplexes. The bout soon broke down, with all six women brawling in the squared circle. When the dust settled, Nikki Bella clobbered The Princess of Staten Island with a hard elbow, following up with a TKO to pick up the victory.
The former two-time Divas Champion has made a statement to the rest of the women on the SmackDown Live roster — Nikki Bella is back and better than ever.