ORLANDO, Fla. — Home is where the heart is. For Naomi, it’s also where she won back the SmackDown Women’s Championship by defeating Alexa Bliss, Natalya, Carmella, Becky Lynch and Mickie James in a Six-Pack Challenge at WrestleMania.
Given the chaotic and competitive state of the SmackDown Women’s Title picture over the last few months, a Six-Pack Challenge – where the first person to gain a pinfall or submission is declared the victor – made for a fitting contest. It was also a bout that started with all six Superstars brawling in the squared circle, then hurling each other onto the outside floor.
With Lynch alone in the ring, James Ellsworth thought it would be a good idea to attempt a superkick. Unfortunately for Carmella’s cohort, The Irish Lass Kicker blocked the kick and suplexed him from the ring.
As the action continued outside the squared circle, Naomi took advantage by launching herself over the top rope and onto all five of her fellow competitors. The glowing Superstar would go for the knockout blow back in the ring, but the fiery Alexa Bliss denied her with a vicious right forearm to Naomi’s jaw.
The champion went in to capitalize, but Naomi countered and pounced, locking her rival in a fierce submission hold. Naomi cinched in the unforgiving maneuver, and ultimately left a pained Bliss no choice but to tap out.
After an injury forced her to relinquish the title she won at WWE Elimination Chamber, Naomi battled back to return to ring action last week and become a two-time champion. She also left the WWE Universe basking in her glow at The Ultimate Thrill Ride.