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Just days after it was initially announced that the SmackDown Women’s Title was to be defended at this year’s WrestleMania Kickoff show, WWE have seemingly reversed their decision.
WWE.com has updated the line-up to this year’s WrestleMania card and have removed the “Kickoff Match” tag from the SmackDown Women’s Title match. The update also lists Naomi, who made her return to SmackDown this week, as another challenger to Alexa Bliss‘ Women’s Title. Other challengers already announced for the match include Becky Lynch, Carmella, Mickie James and Natalya.
The decision comes a day after fans took to social media to voice their disapproval of the SmackDown Women’s Title match being bumped to this year’s Kickoff Show.
Read the updated briefing to the match below:
SmackDown Women’s Champion Alexa Bliss is in for the title defense of her life this Sunday at WrestleMania.
WWE’s Wicked Witch will face Becky Lynch, Natalya, Mickie James, Carmella and, now, Naomi. The gigantic title bout came together after General Manager Daniel Bryan, in an effort to demonstrate that Team Blue is WWE’s true land of opportunity, ruled that any woman on the SmackDown LIVE roster who is available to compete would be eligible to vie for the division’s crown.
Naomi, who forfeited the SmackDown Women’s Title as a result of an injury, became the latest competitor added to the match when she returned by surprise on the March 28 edition of SmackDown LIVE. Now that she’s back in action and determined to regain the title, will Naomi make the rest of her opponents “feel the glow” this Sunday, in her hometown of Orlando?
Even though this probably isn’t the WrestleMania dance card she hoped for, the fiery champion won’t fall easily. Bliss’ hair-trigger temper would prompt a charging bull to change course, and with her back against the wall, it’s frightening to think what she could resort to as she stares down the challenge of almost the entire Women’s division.
Can Alexa Bliss make it out of Florida’s Orlando Citrus Bowl as the SmackDown Women’s Champion? Don’t miss the SmackDown Women’s Championship Match when it takes place this Sunday at The Ultimate Thrill Ride.
Becky Lynch also took to Twitter to comment on the news:
You spoke up. You're awesome. Thank you . #WrestleMania
— Becky Lynch (@BeckyLynchWWE) March 31, 2017
WrestleMania 33 airs this Sunday April 2nd at a special start time of 7 PM ET live on the WWE Network.
Are you happy to see WWE reverse their decision? Do you think there will still be surprise entrants to the match? Who do you think will win? Let us know in the comments below!