The NXT women’s division has gotten universal praise for a couple of years now. Starting at the first TakeOver special with Paige and Emma. Then in 2015, with the Four Horsewomen dominating the main event scene. After three of the four were called up, it almost became a three-woman division, with Bayley, Asuka and Nia Jax being the only women to have title matches on the TakeOver shows.
While all this was taking place, Alexa Bliss was fine-tuning her character and ability, making her a future star in the process. She had singles matches with the best NXT had to offer. She made the most of the promo time she was given. She spent time managing a tag team that could be forever stuck in the undercard, and did the best she could to make them relevant.
In this sense, Bliss is a lot like the WWE Hall of Famer she is often compared to, Trish Stratus.
Aside from the physical similarities, Bliss has been able to show a lot of improvement in her ring work, demonstrate an ability to get herself over, and successfully work as both a heel and a face, just as Stratus was able to.
Alexa Bliss will be the steal of this brand-extension draft because she is tailor-made for the main roster. She has a good look and when she enters the ring it feels like all of her matches are important. She is small in stature, but she does not let that stand in the way of her being a threat in the ring, like A.J. Lee before her.
The women of WWE have to work harder in order to get themselves over with the audience. When Charlotte, the current Women’s Champion, was first called up, she struggled with promos and struggled to get over. When she turned heel, she became much more effective and garnered much more of a response.
Alexa Bliss proved in NXT that she was able to cut effective heel promos, and is now one of the best female talkers in the company. And before teaming with Blake and Murphy, she was such a babyface that no one expected her to complete a heel turn so seamlessly. On SmackDown, people are going to have to step up and create depth for the roster, and Bliss can do that. She can fill multiple segments on a two-hour show with her speaking ability and in-ring ability.
Since WrestleMania, where the women had the best match of the night, there has been a noticeable drop-off in quality of women’s division matches on both the main roster and NXT. Once again, Alexa Bliss was doing her part to have good matches when given the chance. She was having good matches with both local talent and NXT mainstays. Most recently, she had a great performance against Bayley on NXT. She now is going to bring that consistency to SmackDown.
She will get to shine on SmackDown because its women’s roster is thin. Bliss’ only real competition on the show is Becky Lynch. Natalya is a capable wrestler but she is stale. Naomi is a great athlete but just an average in-ring talent. Carmella has promise, but is still very rough around the edges. Eva Marie should probably not be wrestling on live television any time soon.
Bliss will need to be prominently featured on Tuesday nights because she is new, talented, and will provide a spark to the roster. As opposed to women like Dana Brooke, Nia Jax, or Carmella, who need more seasoning in NXT, Bliss is perfectly ready to make this jump to the main roster. She is a late-round steal, and she is ready to give Becky Lynch, Sasha Banks, Charlotte, or any other woman a run for her money.