The Wrestling Observer Newsletter has now provided an update on why Nikki Cross of SAnitY won’t be joining her brethren on SmackDown Live as part of the Superstar Shake-Up.
One of the hugest changes as part of the Superstar Shake-Up saw SAnitY announced as new members of SmackDown Live. Looking at the members reveals that only three of the four are present.
Killian Dain, Eric Young and Alexander Wolfe all made the jump, but Nikki Cross hasn’t, which has led many members of the WWE Universe to wonder if WWE are intent on separating her from the group or if they feel she isn’t ready for the call-up.
The faction was found in late 2016, also including Sawyer Fulton before he was replaced by Dain. Cross was a huge part of the group and had some massive battles with Asuka and Ruby Riott in NXT.
So why wasn’t she promoted alongside the rest of the faction?
According to the Observer, the actual reason Cross is staying down in NXT is to help with the women’s division. Ember Moon, Peyton Royce, and Billie Kay were all top members of the division and have all been promoted. Shayna Baszler is there, but she is one of the only big names they have right now, besides Cross herself.
It is expected that Cross will have a bigger role at NXT TakeOver: Chicago on June 16, as she has been promoting it on her Twitter account.
It is expected that Cross rejoins the faction at a later stage when the women’s division in NXT has been rebuilt.
Check out Cross in action against Vanessa Bourne on NXT earlier this year:
Do you understand why WWE didn’t promote her? Do you think she should have been promoted alongside the rest of her group regardless?
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