After a two-year hiatus from WWE SmackDown, Nia Jax, the former RAW Women’s Champion, is creating a significant buzz in the wrestling community. Fans vividly remember her last match on SmackDown on May 21, 2021, where she partnered with Bayley and Shayna Baszler, clinching victory against Bianca Belair, Natalya, and Tamina.
Now, with Nia's recent return to WWE, speculations are running wild about her causing mayhem on the blue brand once again. Insiders are bracing for Nia's surprise intrusion on this week’s WWE SmackDown, particularly during the electrifying Women’s Championship showdown between reigning champ IYO SKY and challenger Asuka.
Considering the history between Nia and Asuka, it wouldn’t be shocking if Jax sabotages Asuka's efforts. Their intense rivalry from the Triple H NXT era, where Nia endeavored, albeit unsuccessfully, to snap Asuka’s monumental NXT Women’s Championship streak at TakeOver: The End on June 8, 2016, is still fresh in fans’ memories.
Tonight's SmackDown episode is setting the stage for the inaugural singles duel between Asuka and IYO SKY. Although these two powerhouses have been seen sparring in multi-wrestler matches in previous WWE events, they've never squared off in a one-on-one bout.
RAW's Telling Clues
Interestingly, recent events on RAW could potentially hint at Nia's impending SmackDown appearance. During a high-octane RAW Women’s World Championship face-off, Jax inflicted substantial injuries on Raquel Rodriguez and Rhea Ripley, sidelining both from in-ring action.
She also made a shocking entrance in the women's tag match this Monday, attacking every wrestler present, notably including her ex-ally Shayna Baszler, the very reason behind Jax's initial WWE departure. Following her rampage on RAW, Nia openly warned the entire women’s roster.
Could this be a veiled indication of her plans for WWE SmackDown tonight? Only time will tell, but fans are undoubtedly on the edge of their seats.