Nikki Bella WWE Rumors: 'Fearless' Superstar Should Win 'SmackDown' Women's Championship At 'Backlash' [PHOTOS, POLL & VIDEO]
"SmackDown" live will officially usher in its own women's evolution at Backlash.
Blue Brand general manager Daniel Bryan unveiled a new title for the ladies to compete for on Tuesday's episode.
It was then announced that Alexa Bliss, Becky Lynch, Carmella, Naomi, Natalya and Nikki Bella will compete for the Women's Championship in a Six Pack Challenge match on Sept. 11 live from the Richmond Coliseum in Virginia.
It's an important match for the "SmackDown Live" brand and picking the right winner to kick-off the women's division in earnest on the Tuesday night show is vital.
— WWE (@WWE) August 24, 2016
Here are our rankings (from worst to first) on who we'd like to see emerge victorious at Backlash. To view this article in slideshow form, CLICK START at the top right of this page.
6) Alexa Bliss
Nothing against the former NXT Superstar, but Bliss just arrived on the main roster and doesn't seem to be the most logical choice to leave Virginia with the new gold. She also hasn't been booked very strongly on "SmackDown Live" to this point, so it wouldn't make much sense for her to win.
The WWE gave Carmella a nice attitude with her vicious beat down of Bella this week, but the company should keep her momentum going gradually before crowning her as champion. In time, she'll likely make a good villain atop the roster, but there's no use in rushing that push. 4) Natalya The "Queen of Hearts" has a nice edge after turning heel and she wouldn't necessarily make a bad choice to win the match, she just might not be the best choice. If Natalya does win, however, there won't be any complaints here. She's one of the better in-ring workers and her personality is clicking as a villain.
The "Queen of Hearts" has a nice edge after turning heel and she wouldn't necessarily make a bad choice to win the match, she just might not be the best choice. If Natalya does win, however, there won't be any complaints here. She's one of the better in-ring workers and her personality is clicking as a villain.
Armed with a new look, it seems the WWE is set to make Naomi a force on "SmackDown Live." Naomi is a very under-utilized women's competitor and could benefit from the brand split giving her more room to shine. It's unlikely the WWE books her to win, but she at least is on the better half out of this group of six.
2) Becky Lynch
Lynch should really be "1B" instead of "2" as she makes a great choice to win. There is a lot of hope that the "Lass Kicker" will finally get what she deserves by the WWE pushing her to the title, but thus far the company hasn't done much to show they truly believe in her. It's pretty confusing since Lynch is one of the best in-ring workers on the entire roster and has a great personality that shines through. She also has a great connection with the fans, so she would make a logical choice to win. If not, she should chase the actual winner in a major title feud after Backlash.
1) Nikki Bella
The "Fearless" Superstar is perhaps the most intriguing option to escape Backlash with the title. For one, she suffered a career-threatening injury and worked hard to get back in time for SummerSlam, something which the WWE could reward her for. Bella also is over with most members of the WWE Universe and took great strides to improve in the ring leading to her historic run with the now-defunct Divas Championship. Since she had that long run, it would only be fitting for her to win "SmackDown Live's" big prize and try to surpass her past success. Bella clearly has what it takes to be the face of the women's division.