Thanks to her friend Nikki Cross, Alexa Bliss gets another opportunity to challenge SmackDown Women’s Champion Bayley at WWE Extreme Rules, and this one comes with a catch: Cross will join the title fight on the side of The Goddess to make it a 2-on-1 Handicap Match.
Flanked by her new bestie Cross, Bliss fell short against Bayley at WWE Stomping Grounds, but the contest’s conclusion assured that the issue wasn’t settled for good. Although Five Feet of Fury injured the titleholder’s limb mid-match, the heroic Bayley roared back and dove at her opponent through the ropes. At the last second, however, Alexa sacrificed Cross so that her cohort received the brunt of the incoming assault.
Rather than get mad at The Goddess, however, the enraged Cross stormed into the ring to confront Bayley, but she cost Bliss valuable time when she began arguing with the referee. Amidst the turmoil, The Hugger avoided Twisted Bliss and dropped the challenger with the Bayley-to-Belly Suplex for the three-count.
Cross was determined to make it up to her friend, and she informed Bliss that The Goddess would get another title opportunity if Nikki could defeat Bayley on SmackDown LIVE. Though Bliss seemed a little skittish about the situation as she headed to WWE’s tour of Singapore and Japan, Cross pinned Bayley to earn her bestie a chance at championship glory.
After barely besting Bayley’s time in a Beat the Clock Challenge while competing on Bliss’ behalf for the right to pick the stipulation in the pay-per-view matchup, Cross announced that she would join the contest to make it a 2-on-1 Handicap Match.
Tune in to WWE Extreme Rules, Sunday, July 14, streaming live at 7 ET/4 PT on the award-winning WWE Network.