SmackDown Women’s Champion Alexa Bliss is in for the title defense of her life at WrestleMania.
Per the order of General Manager Daniel Bryan, “every available woman on the SmackDown LIVE roster” will have an opportunity to seize Bliss’ title Sunday, April 2, on The Grandest Stage of Them All. In light of the champion’s inability to identify even a single contender she would be willing to face, Bryan’s ruling appears to be the exact opposite of what Alexa had in mind for her WrestleMania dance card. naugural SmackDown Women’s Champion Becky Lynch, former Divas Champion Natalya and six-time champion Mickie James have all stated their intentions of enjoying a golden WrestleMania moment. In Lynch, Bliss has a familiar rival; in Natalya, a submission sorceress; and in James, a decorated former ally who is eager to return to the top of the division.
Carmella lacks WWE titles on her resume, but The Princess of Staten Island, another challenger, is not short on vicious outbursts, underhanded tactics or James Ellsworth’s help, any of which could serve her well in her WrestleMania debut.
The pool of potential challengers might not end there, either. Could other female Superstars from SmackDown LIVE, which Bryan calls a “land of opportunity,” enter the fray between now and April 2?
Even though this isn’t the WrestleMania match 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 WWE’s Wicked Witch could resort to.
Can Alexa Bliss make it out of the Orlando Citrus Bowl as the SmackDown Women’s Champion? Watch at WrestleMania, airing live on the award-winning WWE Network Sunday, April 2, at a special start time of 7 ET/4 PT, to find out.