Alexa Bliss & Nikki Cross to defend the WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships against The Kabuki Warriors on Raw
Alexa Bliss & Nikki Cross will defend their WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships on the Raw after SummerSlam against a team that came very close to winning them instead: Asuka & Kairi Sane. The Kabuki Warriors will challenge the new champs just one week after the Fatal 4-Way Elimination Match that saw Bliss & Cross snap the four-month reign of The IIconics.
The Kabuki Warriors were the runners-up in that match, and they might have been the winners if not for some well-timed chicanery on behalf of Cross, who trapped Asuka in the ring apron and distracted Kairi Sane before she could deliver her signature InSane Elbow Drop to Bliss. The interference catapulted the unlikely duo of Bliss & Cross to championship status — this is Bliss’ third distinct title in WWE and Cross’ first — but clearly, they’ll have their work cut out for them.
The Kabuki Warriors pursued the titles relentlessly while The IIconics were champions, and coming as close as they did to victory seems to have only intensified the chase. Bliss & Cross have an opportunity to etch their names in the history books with the young titles. However, should they choose to rest on their laurels after surviving The IIconics in their rematch during the SummerSlam Kickoff, their entry will be a short one.
We see Alexa Bliss and Nikki Cross backstage walking. Back to commercial.
Back from the break and out comes Alexa Bliss to host “A Moment of Bliss” on the stage. She sends her thoughts to Braun Strowman and Bobby Lashley to start. She says tonight’s special guest is special because she won Bliss the title shot from SmackDown Women’s Champion Bayley at Extreme Rules, plus they are best friends. The music hits and out comes Nikki Cross.
Cross comes out and Bliss shows us video from last week’s Cross vs. Bayley match on SmackDown. Cross thanks Bliss for the congratulations. Cross wants everyone to know none of this would have happened without Bliss and her guidance. She goes on about how Bliss was the first one to believe in her and she will always be grateful for that. Bliss thanks her but says this is all about giving credit to Cross, this is her moment of bliss. The music interrupts and out comes Carmella.
Carmella wonders why Bliss is getting the SmackDown Women’s Title shot instead of Cross. Bliss and Carmella have words now. Carmella says Bliss is playing Cross and taking advantage of her, and that’s not how friendship works. Bliss says Carmella is pathetic trying to break them up. Bliss says all Carmella is now is R-Truth’s sidekick. Carmella challenges Bliss to meet her in the ring. Carmella marches down the ramp. Bliss is right behind her, with Cross at her side.
Carmella vs. Alexa Bliss
Carmella and Alexa Bliss face off as the referee calls for the bell. Carmella quickly rolls Bliss up for the easy win out of nowhere.
After the match, Bliss immediately retreats from the ring as Carmella taunts her. We go to commercial.
We go backstage to Nikki Cross apologizing to Alexa Bliss for her loss at WWE Stomping Grounds. She takes the blame for it. Bliss says Cross can use that for motivation. Bliss says Bayley does know how to manipulate people and crush their dreams. Cross says there has to be some kind of way to get a rematch for Bliss. Bliss says they just have to think up a good plan. Bliss apparently sends Cross away so they can think up that plan.
Back from the break and Natalya and Naomi approach Nikki Cross backstage. they warn her, as the new person on RAW, to not get mixed up with someone like Alexa Bliss. They’re just trying to look out for her because they’ve dealt with Bliss before. Cross says she knows Bliss’ reputation but… Bliss walks in and catches them downing her. They have words and Naomi tells Natalya to just let Cross find out on her own. Naomi says she’s going to give the glow to Bliss later tonight.
Naomi vs Alexa Bliss
We go to the ring and out first comes Naomi. Alexa Bliss is out next with Nikki Cross. Naomi strikes first and knocks Bliss down. They trade slaps now. Bliss comes back with a big clothesline. Bliss with more offense and a close 2 count. Naomi turns it around and mounts some offense. Naomi with a split for a 2 count. Naomi ends up going for the baseball slide to the floor but Bliss moves out of the way and Naomi connects on Cross. They bring it back into the ring and Bliss drops Naomi on her head with a big DDT. Bliss covers for the pin to win.
Winner: Alexa Bliss
After the match, Bliss attacks Naomi and asks Cross to come in. She holds Naomi while Cross readies but just shoves Naomi over, also causing Bliss to hit the mat. Bliss looks confused. Natalya runs down and hits the ring but Cross and Bliss retreat to the floor. Natalya stands tall as we go to commercial.