Alexa Bliss as No. 1 contender to Raw women title is a good thing

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It didn’t take long for former Smackdown women’s champion Alexa Bliss to assert herself as one of Raw’s top women.

Bliss won a Fatal Fourway match against Sasha Banks, Mickie James and Nia Jax to become the No. 1 contender for the Raw women’s championship, currently held by Bayley. The two will clash on April 30 at Payback.

Bliss made her Raw debut last week as a part of the “Superstar Shakeup” to a star’s welcome. It wasn’t a surprise since there were reports that Bliss would be switching brands with Charlotte Flair. This is a great opportunity for the former Smackdown women’s champion to compete on another – and in some people’s opinion a bigger – stage.

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Charlotte Flair coming to Smackdown Live adds new chapter to her legacy

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WWE had their “Superstar Shakeup” this week with Monday Night Raw getting a plethora of Smackdown Live talent, including Intercontinental champion Dean Ambrose, former women’s champion Alexa Bliss and Mickie James.

However I think the blue brand came away with the biggest acquisition in the form of former four-time Raw women’s champion and “The Queen” Charlotte Flair.

Flair has been the foundation of WWE’s women’s division for the last two years after the company’s women’s resolution. She won the Divas champion and being the last wrestlers to hold that title before WWE changed the belt to the women’s championship.

Since then, Flair had held what became the Raw women’s championship four times and has had classic matches with Sasha Banks and Bayley – rivals and friends from her development days. Together, along with Smackdown’s Becky Lynch, they made up the “Four Horsewomen of NXT.”

During Charlotte’s last appearance on Raw, she was in a six-woman tag team match where Nia Jax dropped her on her head. According to reports, Flair was fine backstage.

Some folks may not like Flair going to Smackdown because she had some unfinished business on Raw with Jax and her former protegee Dana Brooke. However, being on Smackdown Live gives The Queen an opportunity to shine on a new stage.

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WWE: What Shinsuke Nakamura brings to Smackdown Live

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I know I said this when I wrote about the Revival’s debut on RAW this past Monday, but the WWE Universe witnessed one of the long-awaited call ups from NXT – the arrival of former two-time champion and Japanese sensation Shinsuke Nakamura.

About one year after he signed with WWE, The King of Strong Style has ended his NXT journey to being his main roster run on Smackdown Live.

Nakamura had a heck of a debut on Smackdown Live. He interrupted The Miz and Maryse as they were going on a trade about John Cena and Nikki Bella, who defeated them in a mixed tag team match at Wrestlemania. What made Nakamura’s debut special, however, was he played to the ring by the musician who performed his entrance at NXT Takeover: Brooklyn II

When Nakamura first came to WWE in 2016, I was excited because I thought he could do a lot of good things with the company, however I thought WWE could misuse him and put him in the typical Japanese babyface role, like they did with Yoshi Tatsu. After his NXT run, I feel like he’s been able to make his mark in the WWE Universe and he has the chance to set Smackdown Live on fire.

I’m sure members of the WWE Universe would have preferred to see Nakamura on RAW with big names like Roman Reigns, Seth Rollins and Kevin Owens, but I think he benefits more from being on Smackdown Live.

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