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As advertised on this week’s edition of SmackDown Live, a six woman tag match will take place this Sunday.
In an article hyping up the match on WWE.com, the match is announced to be on the kickoff show. The post reads:
“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?”
The current Royal Rumble card is as follows:
The 2017 Royal Rumble match
AJ Styles vs John Cena (WWE Championship)
Kevin Owens vs Roman Reigns (WWE Universal Championship)
Rich Swann vs Neville (WWE Cruiserweight Championship)
Cesaro and Sheamus vs The Club (WWE RAW Tag Team Championship) *KICKOFF*
Becky Lynch, Nikki Bella and Naomi vs Alexa Bliss, Mickie James and Natalya *KICKOFF*
This now means that the only women’s match on the main card will be the RAW Women’s championship contest.
Do you think this is the right decision? Will you be tuning in to the kickoff show? Let us know your views in the comments below!