WWE News: Big Update On Naomi Injury And Her Status Leading To ‘WrestleMania’

Andy Slawecki - Author

Feb. 23 2017, Updated 10:46 a.m. ET

Naomi became the thirad SmackDown Women’s Champion since the WWE initiated the brand extension last July. She was preceded by Becky Lynch and Alexa Bliss, the latter of whom Naomi defeated to become champion last week at the Elimination Chamber pay-per-view. Like many of the first-time champions we’ve seen crowned this past year, it was a dream come true for a scratch-and-claw superstar met with “You deserve it!” chants from the live crowd.

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Unfortunately, Naomi’s first-ever championship reign lasted all of nine days. Originally, she was going to defend the title against Alexa on SmackDown, which would have been the brand’s first show after Elimination Chamber. Naomi was legitimately injured, though, and the match was pushed back a week as WWE officials tried to determine the next course of action.

Fast forward a week later to this past Tuesday, and again, there was no rematch. This time, Naomi was forced to relinquish the SmackDown Women’s Championship in a very emotional show-opening segment with Daniel Bryan. Bryan then booked a title match with Alexa and Becky Lynch immediately afterwards, which Alexa won to become a two-time champion. Naomi disappeared, but not before promising that she’d be back, and back gunning for the belt.


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