Nikki A.S.H. lost yet another match on last night’s Raw. She was defeated by Queen Zelina Vega in a short affair. Nikki’s failures are a part of a storyline being set up by WWE.
On the latest Wrestling Observer Radio, Dave Meltzer said it appears the company is working on a depression angle. Nikki will become depressed because she keeps losing. It’s a point of emphasis during the show. The idea is that it will ultimately earn her fan sympathy.
“You know whether it’s Rhea Ripley giving up on her, but it looks like it’s more of an angle for Nikki to go through a depression from always losing, because they rubbed it in later in the show as well. It’s very clear they’re trying to get her in this thing, you know, where she doubts herself. Wherever they go from there I don’t know, but the losing is meant to benefit her.
I’m not saying it will benefit her, but it’s being written in their minds to benefit her, because they’re trying to go in a direction with her it looks like where she has to keep losing to stay in that direction. Usually it doesn’t work.”
Putting a wrestler on a losing streak to gain popularity does seem antithetical to building somebody fans can get behind. The loveable loser or underdog gimmicks have worked in the past, but rarely pay off in a satisfying way. Time will tell how it goes for Nikki A.S.H.
WWE obviously thought it was time to go in another direction with the character. Ultimately, they could be simply killing off the superhero gimmick. They recently did the same with Elias. It seems as though WWE is trying to freshen things up on the main rosters.
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