According to an Oct. 29 report from the Latin Post, Nikki Bella cemented her status as a top contender in the WWE Divas Division by reigning supreme in the WWE Divas Halloween Costume Battle Royal on this week’s episode of SmackDown. The episode, which was filmed earlier this week in front of a live audience in Houston, Texas, airs Halloween night on the SyFy channel.
Nikki Bella’s real-life sister, Brie Bella, was advertised to appear in the match, but she was not on hand. No reason was given as to why Brie Bella did not compete in the event. The WWE made no mention of Brie’s absence during the broadcast, and Nikki Bella did not address it either. The purpose of the match appeared to be to get Nikki Bella over with the fans even more than she already is.
Even though she’s a heel character, the plan worked brilliantly. Nikki Bella has been drawing some serious heel heat from WWE Universe in recent months, especially since her win over Brie at Hell in a Cell. Nikki Bella is now more over with the fans than anyone else on the WWE Divas roster not named AJ Lee or Paige. Despite Brie’s absence at SmackDown, the Divas Halloween Costume Battle Royal turned out to be a high-level affair with plenty of intriguing action.
Every singles superstar from the WWE Divas Division took part in the battle royal, with the lone exception being Brie Bella. Alicia Fox, Emma, Layla, Natalya and Cameron were among the many WWE Divas superstars who took part in the match. Additionally, WWE Divas Division champ, AJ Lee, was on hand, but not as an active contestant. Lee did not compete in the match, as she served as a special guest commentator.
Here’s how it all went down: Paige dressed up as Summer Rae as part of the Halloween theme for the bout, and the New York native was not at all amused with the British superstar’s antics. Rae took exception to Paige dressing up like her and taunting her during the match, so there’s a chance a feud is brewing between the ladies.
Will Paige open a feud with Summer Rae, or was it just a one-night gig? Time will tell the answer to that. In all likelihood, Paige will continue to feud with Lee in the months ahead, since both are clearly the cream of the crop in the WWE Divas Division. Essentially, the Divas Halloween Costume Battle Royal gave some much-needed air time to some of the WWE Divas Division stars who have been lost in the shuffle in recent months, as it got Emma and Summer Rae back into the mix.
Moving forward, there’s a strong chance there will be a team-based WWE Divas match scheduled for next month’s Survivor Series pay-per-view event. The Divas Halloween Costume Battle Royal helped sort out who might join together on each team.