Number One Contender Six-Pack Challenge Announced For Tonight's SmackDown

A six-pack challenge will take place on tonight's SmackDown with the winner earning the opportunity to challenge for the SmackDown Women's Title.

Thanks to the draft, Bayley and Sasha Banks have been separated from Becky Lynch and Charlotte Flair. That means Bayley and Lynch will finally have different challengers to their respective titles. Since Bayley is now a full-fledged heel, and The Boss appears to very much approve of that, it doesn't seem as if her next challenger is going to be Banks.

It also seems as if WWE realized this and that post-draft, the blue brand's women's roster wasn't all that deep. Hence the bizarre trade after the fact that saw Alexa Bliss and Nikki Cross head to Friday nights with no Superstars heading back the other way. Free agents Dana Brooke, Mandy Rose, and Sonya Deville have also been added to SmackDown's women's roster this week.

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All three of those women will get the chance to be named Bayley's next challenger tonight on SmackDown. They will be joined by Carmella, Cross, and Lacey Evans in a six-pack challenge, as first revealed on WWE.com. The last woman standing will be the first to take on heel Bayley, at least for her title. That match will presumably take place during a future episode of SmackDown since there are no suitable PPVs on the horizon. At least not ones on which women are allowed to compete.

Despite rumors that WWE is not worried about the significant drop-off in viewership between weeks one and two of SmackDown on FOX, all signs point to it being the exact opposite. From Eric Bischoff's firing to the stacked show tonight being announced ahead of time. As well as the six-pack challenge, Shinsuke Nakamura will be defending his Intercontinental Championship against Roman Reigns.

The pressure is well and truly on WWE to deliver a great product each and every Friday now that the blue brand is the property of FOX. If this kind of demand right off the bat isn't what they were expecting, then it begs the question what did Vince McMahon think FOX was forking over more than $1 billion for? SmackDown can no longer have any off weeks. FOX is watching.

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