The latest WWE rumors point to one of the major champions being unable to appear at the WWE No Mercy pay-per-view on Sunday night. The stacked card originally featured all of the SmackDown brand’s champions scheduled to wrestle. Unfortunately, it looks like WWE may have to change its plans again, just like it has had to do with several of the titles on the Raw brand.
According to F4WOnline, WWE SmackDown Women’s Champion Becky Lynch is unable to compete due to an injury. The injury was said to be “undisclosed” at this point, but a source close to the situation says Lynch will not be defending her title against Alexa Bliss tonight. Since the injury isn’t known, it’s also unknown how long Becky will be out of action. If it’s just a matter of several weeks, then WWE may be able to come up with some backstage attack or some type of story to keep her out of action, but the title still stays with her.
However, WWE fans are no stranger to seeing this happen to recent championship winners. In the case of the Raw brand, Finn Balor was injured the same night he became the first-ever WWE Universal Champion. He suffered a serious shoulder injury in his match against Seth Rollins which required surgery. Balor is out for months and may return to the WWE at some point early to middle of next year.
Sasha Banks also had to take some time off after winning the Raw Women’s Championship. She had recently been married but also was healing from a variety of injuries, including a back injury as Wrestling Inc. reported. Sasha had held the women’s title for about a month before losing it again to Charlotte. In her case, she regained the title just recently on an episode of Raw to make for her second reign as women’s champion.
So far, there have not been any official reports made by Becky Lynch or WWE about this injury. As mentioned, at the Backlash pay-per-view, Randy Orton was scheduled to compete with Bray Wyatt, but was unable to do so due to not being cleared under the concussion protocol. To remove Orton from the card, he was attacked backstage by Wyatt. Bray went on to face Kane in a match, but Orton still limped out to ringside and was able to hit an RKO on Wyatt.
It’s possible Becky could have a similar storyline tonight. Otherwise, there’s been speculation of adding Alexa Bliss to the Nikki Bella vs. Carmella match to make it a triple threat for the title. If not, then SmackDown would likely set up a new match in order to determine the champion. It’s an unfortunate situation for WWE as a whole as this would make the third newer champion to have to relinquish their title so quickly.
The 29-year-old has held the title for nearly a month. Lynch won the inaugural SmackDown Women’s title at Backlash on September 11 after winning a “Six Pack Challenge” elimination match. It featured Nikki Bella, Naomi, Natalya, Carmella, and Alexa Bliss. Lynch was the last woman remaining to earn the championship and has held the belt ever since then.
The No Mercy 2016 pay-per-view is scheduled for 8 p.m. Eastern Time on Sunday night. As mentioned, the card includes Becky Lynch defending her title against the newest No. 1 contender Alexa Bliss. Bliss defeated Nikki Bella, Carmella, Naomi and Natalya in a five-way match on a SmackDown episode to earn her title shot. Stay tuned as more details are likely to be made available with regards to Becky Lynch’s injury status and whether or not she appears during the show.
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