WWE has a lot of things going on with Extreme Rules, after all, there are TEN MATCHES on the card. Bayley is currently the SmackDown Women’s Champion, but she will have her work cut out for her at Extreme Rules. The Hugger is facing both Alexa Bliss and Nikki Cross in a handicap match.
Apparently, Cross is under the assumption that she and Bliss will become co-champions if they can win the match. However, this was not the original plan at all.
Dave Meltzer opened up on Wrestling Observer Radio about why WWE made such a big change to the SmackDown Women’s Championship match at Extreme Rules.
“The handicap match was a late change and everything that happened this Tuesday without Alexa Bliss was because of her sinus infection and they re-wrote that whole storyline so they may have done an Alexa Bliss/Bayley beat the clock challenge, but the reason that made no sense was because the end result was because of Alexa Bliss’ condition they are going to do a handicap match to protect Alexa. So in doing that they had to come up with a reason and they had this beat the clock thing. So you know Nikki Cross had to win. Then even though Nikki Cross is a babyface she had to ask for the handicap match.”
WWE needed to figure something out because Alexa Bliss is legitimately sick. It’s nice that she works for a company that will let her take time off or at least take it easier on her if she’s not feeling well. Now Nikki Cross will help lighten the load for her as they go after Bayley.
Since the handicap match was apparently a change of plans, this might also dampen some fans’ hope that all of this is orchestrated to be Sasha Banks’ return to the ring.