Naomi Wins SmackDown Women's Title at WWE WrestleMania 33

Mike Chiari@mikechiariFeatured ColumnistApril 3, 2017

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Naomi defeated every available woman on the SmackDown roster—including defending champion Alexa Bliss—to become the new SmackDown Women's champion Sunday at WrestleMania 33.

Naomi used a headscissors choke to force Bliss to tap out. WWE provided a look at the unique submission:

It was an emotional win for Naomi, who was born roughly a half-hour away—Sanford, Florida—from the site of WrestleMania 33—Orlando, Florida. She also had to relinquish the SmackDown women's title shortly after beating Bliss at Elimination Chamber in February.

Gorilla Position, however, thought the women's match didn't receive enough time to truly feel special:

Although Bliss previously lost to Naomi, her time without the belt didn't last long.

A knee injury forced Naomi to relinquish it after just two weeks as champion, and Alexa went on to beat Becky Lynch in a match for the vacant title to become a two-time champ.

After that victory, Bliss began to build tension with every woman on SmackDown, as they all wanted a shot at the title.

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Things truly came to a head during her "Bliss-ertation" when multiple female Superstars challenged her and SmackDown general manager Daniel Bryan forced her to defend the championship against all comers at WrestleMania.

That included veteran Mickie James, who Alexa brought back into the fold and enlisted as an insurance policy to help her retain the title against Lynch during her first reign.

James became wary of Bliss only caring about her own personal gain, which led to a blowup between the former friends.

As evidenced by the following tweet courtesy of Alexa, she held a major grudge against Mickie entering WrestleMania 33:

The odds were stacked against Bliss in a significant way for several reasons, not the least of which was the fact that she had to face several of the best female Superstars WWE has to offer.

She also went into WrestleMania without definitive knowledge of who she would be going up against and what type of match she would be competing in.

Despite that, Bliss did all she could to gain momentum, and she accomplished precisely that by wiping out her challengers on SmackDown less than two weeks prior to the Showcase of Immortals, as seen in this video from WWE's official Twitter account:

While that may have helped Alexa from a confidence perspective, it also put an even bigger target on her back entering the biggest match of her career.

Bliss has come a long way since her call-up to the main roster, especially in terms of developing into a strong heel with a great character and impressive promo skills.

Even so, WrestleMania is often about giving faces memorable moments on the big stage, so there was plenty working against the incumbent champ. 

That worked to Naomi's advantage, but it also sets up what should be a highly entertaining feud with Bliss moving forward.

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