Today’s day began in the worst possible way for the WWE and its prospects for No Mercy, with the news of Becky Lynch’s injury taking the internet by storm. According to reports from ProWrestlingsheet, she's been pulled off from the event and her SmackDown Women's Championship match against Alexa Bliss has been cancelled.
While initial reports indicated Becky would be missing a month’s action, Dave Meltzer later clarified that the injury she sustained isn’t serious and she should be back in time for the next pay-per-view. The show has to go on without the champ and a replacement opponent has already been picked. The front-runner to face Alexa Bliss at the pay-per-view is rumoured to be Naomi.
The word going around is that WWE isn’t going to put forth an official announcement regarding the situation until the pay-per-view airs. Randy Orton suffered a similar fate at the last SmackDown PPV Backlash, and the match was removed with Kane being slotted in as the stand-in opponent against Bray Wyatt.
WWE are planning on taking a similar path in Becky Lynch’s case and Naomi looks to be the one to gain from the unfortunate absence of the champion. With regards to the status of the Women’s Championship, there are chances of Becky vacating the title while she undergoes rehabilitation to recuperate from the undisclosed injury.
This would be comparable to Sasha Banks dropping the title to Charlotte at SummerSlam only to win it back on an episode of RAW after she was fit enough to continue. At this moment, the severity of the injury and the future of the women's title are all wrapped up in ambiguity. However, all of it would be addressed in a few hours from now and we can only hope that Becky Lynch hasn’t suffered a genuinely serious injury.
Becky Lynch is the third champion to have been hit by the injury bug in recent months with Finn Balor and Sasha Banks falling prey to the phenomenon. Hope she isn't forced to vacate the title, and even if she does, we wish the WWE has a solid plan to steady the adolescent SmackDown women’s division.
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