WWE Divas Champion Nikki Bella will face one of her toughest challenges at Elimination Chamber, when she defends against Paige and Naomi in a Triple Threat Match. However, there is plenty of bad blood between the two challengers that may need to be settled before they turn their attention toward the champion.
The differences between Paige and Naomi go back over a month, to when Raw was in Paige’s homeland of England. The raven-haired Diva was feeling like she was on top of the world, having just won a No. 1 Contender’s Battle Royal by eliminating Naomi. As she addressed the adoring British crowd, Naomi viciously attacked her, putting her out of action.
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Since that attack, Naomi has unveiled a brash new attitude, going on to take Paige’s spot as No. 1 Contender. She also added some muscle in her corner, in the form of Tamina. Though she hasn’t succeeded in dethroning Nikki, Naomi has had the Divas Champion’s number in non-title action, pinning her twice in recent weeks, including a big win in a tag team bout at WWE Payback.
That victory earned Naomi another opportunity at Nikki’s title on Raw the next night. But with Nikki in position to hit the Rack Attack, Tamina leapt into the ring and delivered a staggering superkick, ending the bout in a disqualification. Naomi & Tamina began to gang up on the champion, until Paige made her long-awaited return. The Diva of Tomorrow cleared house, seemingly standing side-by-side with Nikki, until she dropped the Divas Champion with the Ram-Paige.
After a heated war of words on SmackDown, Paige found herself on the receiving end of a 2-on-1 attack at the hands of Naomi and her bodyguard. Repaying the favor from Monday, Nikki rushed to ringside and evened the odds, taking out Tamina. However, before Paige could finish off Naomi, the Divas Champion attacked her raven-haired rival, connecting with the Rack Attack and standing tall over all three Divas with her title held high. The Bella Twin made it clear that she won’t be a pushover when the three finally square off.
Will Nikki continue her dominant reign as Divas Champion, or will the odds play out in favor of a new champion? Find out at Elimination Chamber on Sunday, May 31, at 8 ET/5 PT. For members of the WWE Universe watching in the United States, the only way to watch Elimination Chamber is on WWE Network!