Alexa Bliss and Mickie James are now going to face Trish Stratus and Lita in a tag team match at Evolution. This could be the first of many matches for Trish, but WWE changed those plans as we previously reported due to Bliss’ injury.
WWE pulled Alexa Bliss from the WWE Mixed Match Challenge and Ember Moon looks to have permanently taken her place in the series. Therefore, she is injured, but for some reason Dave Meltzer said on Wrestling Observer Radio that according to who he’s spoken to the plan was always to have this tag team match and while Alexa Bliss is injured, that isn’t the chief reason why they decided to promote a match they had no intention of putting on.
It’s being reported that WWE’s decision was made because they wanted to sell a lot of tickets and didn’t want to spoil the surprise of Ronda Rousey’s opponent even though we first reported that match was happening on August 18th via Barnburner’s No Holds Barred podcast.
But Meltzer has his sources and explained things the way he was told:
“So the actual story behind this is that it was always going to be a tag match. But as silly as this sounds they thought that Trish Stratus vs Alexa Bliss if they announce that match it will sell tons of tickets. So they wanted that at. I don’t know if they didn’t want Trish in a singles match and once again Alexa is hurt but it has not changed because of Alexa’s injury, this was the original plan.”
“So I’m guess that just just felt — maybe they didn’t want Lita to do a singles match. Whatever it is, it boggles my mind that they thought by announcing because they couldn’t announce Ronda Rousey vs Nikki Bella so they figured they needed a big match to make people buy tickets and the one they decided was the big match was Alexa Bliss vs Trish Stratus.”
“Now that Ronda Rousey and Nikki Bella is out there and they’re doing that match now they can revert back to the tag team match which they figured was a weaker draw.”
It seems if this was the case that WWE used blatant false advertising if they really advertised this match with no plan to put it on. But you have to consider what you’re getting in return and all the reasons around why a decision like that could have needed to have been made.
The truth is as reported by Barnburner’s No Holds Barred podcast that the matter has way more to do with Alexa Bliss’ injury and the matches were advertised because they were scheduled. Whoever is saying that this was always the plan was obviously someone in WWE trying to protect the sad fact that Bliss very well could be too injured to really work but she is still gutting through it and prolonging the inevitable by competing at Evolution.
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