Backstage News on Nikki Bella Not Wrestling at WWE Survivor Series

Nov 22, 2016 - by Marc Middleton

As seen at WWE Survivor Series, Nikki Bella did a backstage injury angle and was replaced in the Team RAW vs. Team SmackDown match by coach Natalya.

The angle with Nikki and Natalya was the plan from the start and Nikki is not injured. That angle had been planned ever since officials designed the match several weeks back.

Dave Meltzer speculated on Wrestling Observer Radio that this is being done to set up a Nikki vs. Natalya feud.

On a related note, there was some speculation on SmackDown Women’s Champion Becky Lynch eliminating Nia Jax by submission during the same match. That was always the plan, according to Meltzer, but apparently the submission was supposed to come a few minutes earlier, right after Becky and Alexa Bliss double teamed Nia. After the double team, Becky dropkicked Nia while she was holding Bliss and then tangled with Bliss some more before making another pin attempt and then getting the Disarm-Her applied.

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