On the June 17 episode of Raw, Nikki Cross and Bliss faced the IIconics for the WWE Women's Tag Team Championship (Cross' first title opportunity on the main roster), but were unsuccessful due to a distraction by Bayley, who was also in a feud against Bliss for Bayley's SmackDown Women's Championship; Cross, very upset by the loss, asked Bliss to be in her corner at Stomping Grounds, where Bliss would challenge Bayley for the title.
Bliss was unsuccessful at the event; during the match, Cross, still upset at Bayley, had tried to attack her, which she subsequently believed to be the cause of Bliss' loss. Two days later, she appeared on SmackDown asking for another title opportunity for Bliss; she then defeated Bayley in a non-title match, earning Bliss another match for the title at Extreme Rules.
Cross made the match at Extreme Rules a Handicap match for Bayley's title where she teamed with Bliss in a losing effort. On the August 5th edition of Raw, Bliss and Cross captured the WWE Women's Tag Team Championship, marking Cross' first championship in WWE.
During a recent interview with RondaRousey.com, Cross discussed her team with Alexa Bliss: “Me and Alexa discovered that we have really good chemistry, in terms of [how] our personas very much bounce off each other very well.
And we just have so much fun together—we’re having a lot of fun right now. Like I was just saying … anything where we just get to show different elements of the characters—which people might not have necessarily seen before—there’s nothing more exciting than that to me.
I think a lot of people are enjoying that. I think people are really compelled by it. They’re intrigued by it and I’m excited to see what’s next. I’m excited for the fans to see what’s next. … I think Alexa is showing these different elements of her personality that you’ve never seen before and likewise with me.
People that know me from NXT, they’re seeing a whole new side of me, and … I love that. I love that it’s almost like an onion with the layers, you know? You’ve seen Shrek? You know that reference? … It’s almost like an onion with … all these different layers. And I just, I love that and I just love taking the fans on that journey”.