Naomi returned to WWE after several months out at the Royal Rumble pay-per-view. While she did not win the match, Naomi has since been inserted into a SmackDown Women’s Championship feud with Bayley.
Tonight on SmackDown, Naomi will wrestle Carmella for the chance to challenge Bayley for the title at Super ShowDown. This will be the first-ever women’s title match in Saudi Arabia.
Regardless of if Naomi wins the title, it has been reported that she has been chosen as Bayley’s opponent at WrestleMania. This means that plans changed as Sasha Banks was originally planned for the role.
However, Naomi’s push on SmackDown might not have happened if WWE officials decided to grant her request of a move to NXT.
While speaking to Women’s Wrestling Weekly, the SmackDown star revealed that she actually asked WWE higher-ups if she could move to NXT around 12 months ago:
““I asked about a year ago to go down to NXT to work. I just think NXT is awesome. I love NXT and also, the time I wasn’t being used much on the main roster so, I was like, ‘Dang, can I go down there and just see what I can get into, what could happen, and the talent down there is just so good.’ Just so good, and this was at the time where… I love Bianca, and her personality and her spirit is even more beautiful so, that was one idea I had.”
Naomi noted that she would like to work a match with Bianca Belair. It has been speculated that Bianca will be moving to Raw/SmackDown after WrestleMania, so perhaps the match can take place on the main roster in a few months.