As has been noted, WWE Superstar Alexa Bliss suffered some sort injury believed to be either a broken nose or concussion at last weekend’s Live Event in Hartford, Connecticut (see the story here).
When she didn’t appear on RAW this week and instead Alicia Fox joined Mickie James to attack Trish Stratus and Lita, who Alexa and Mickie are scheduled to face at Evolution this Sunday, it was clear that Bliss’ status for the event was in question and the use of Fox in the segment was a signal of a possible replacement (check that out here). While Mickie would ease the concerns that Alexa would miss Evolution recently on Busted Open Radio (find that here), today WWE has made it official by announcing Bliss is out and Alicia is in:
The past and present collide at WWE Evolution as WWE Hall of Famers Trish Stratus & Lita join forces to battle Mickie James & Alicia Fox at the groundbreaking pay-per-view event.
Although James was originally slated to team with Alexa Bliss, The Goddess will be replaced by the wily Fox in this blockbuster matchup, and will instead be in Mickie & Alicia’s corner.
This is not the first time this in-ring confrontation has transformed in the lead-up to WWE’s first all-women’s pay-per-view event. The show was initially slated to feature a clash between Alexa and Trish and a separate singles match pitting Lita against Mickie. As Alexa’s trash-talk escalated, however, Trish and Lita both threw hands with the former Women’s Champions, precipitating the combination of the scheduled bouts.
Now, WWE Evolution is set for a cross-generational confrontation that’s sure to feature some country strong, a dash of Foxy unpredictability, a few turns into the extreme and, of course, a healthy dose of Stratusfaction.
EA’s Take: I don’t mean to knock Alicia because I feel like she’s been pretty underrated in terms of character and in-ring ability, but boy, this is disappointing. This whole event feels cursed and as Greg DeMarco pondered in a recent column here on The Chairshot, I’m wondering if maybe they jumped the gun on having a women’s event. The whole thing just feels snakebitten by either booking, fan complaining, injuries, the Crown Jewel controversy…you name it. Well, I can say this…I think we’re still going to get Bliss vs. Trish in some fashion in the future. WrestleMania perhaps?
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