Why Nikki Cross Got Added To SmackDown Women’s Title Match At Extreme Rules

Six days before Alexa Bliss challenges Bayley for the SmackDown Women’s Championship at WWE Extreme Rules, “The Goddess” did not appear on Raw at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey. Without giving an explanation for her absence, Michael Cole noted on commentary that Bliss is not at the arena.

Bliss indicated earlier on Twitter that she’s sick.

Dave Meltzer noted last night on Wrestling Observer Radio that Bliss has a “really bad” sinus infection.

On Raw, Cross beat Bayley’s time in a Beat the Clock Challenge while competing on Bliss’ behalf for the right to pick the stipulation in the SmackDown Women’s Championship Match at Extreme Rules. Cross beat Dana Brooke with plenty of time to spare against Bayley’s 4:32 win over Sarah Logan. After beating Brooke, Cross announced that she would join the contest to make it a 2-on-1 Handicap Match.

According to Meltzer, WWE had no plans on holding a Handicap Match at Extreme Rules, but Bliss’ illness forced the change. Had Bliss not been sick, she would have competed in the Beat the Clock Challenge.

According to Fightful, Alexa Bliss was listed as having an “illness” in WWE’s list of inactive talent for this week’s events.