Three Superstars battled it out for the chance to face Bayley at Stomping Grounds on SmackDown Live this week.
By the time you read this, it will probably only be a little more than 48 hours until Super Showdown. As you'd expect, a great deal of the action on Raw and SmackDown Live this week focused on the build to that show. The Undertaker and Goldberg made appearances, plus Randy Orton and Triple H had that rather strange confrontation on Monday night.
WWE spending its five hours of programming on building to SSD does pose a problem, though. Since female wrestlers still aren't allowed to perform in Saudi Arabia, there are no women's matches on the SSD card. That understandably annoys a lot of fans. Remove women from the go-home shows to SSD and chances are you're only going to annoy those fans even more.
That means the women had to be sort of shoehorned in and is also probably why WWE is having another PPV two weeks after SSD but on US soil. The promise of that show means WWE's women have something to work toward. In fact, a challenger to Bayley and her SmackDown Women's Title was decided on Tuesday. Charlotte Flair, Carmella, and wildcard Alexa Bliss competed in a triple threat for the chance to become number one contender.
Bliss being in the match at all might have come as a surprise to some fans. She has been injured a lot recently so has been used scarcely by WWE, at least in the ring. That being said, it came as an even bigger shock when The Goddess picked up the pinfall win, and over Flair, no less. That means we will have Bliss, a Raw Superstar, vying for the SmackDown Women's Title at Stomping Grounds.
We might not be the biggest fans of WWE's wildcard rule, but we do like Bliss getting a title shot. We very much enjoy The Goddess as a character and a wrestler and have been genuinely worried so far this year that her career might have been coming to a premature end. Hopefully, this title shot signifies that she will be back wrestling on a regular basis, even if she doesn't win.