Alexa Bliss was supposed to wrestle for the SmackDown women’s championship at No Mercy last month but Becky Lynch, the titleholder, was suffering through an undisclosed health issue that knocked her out of action for a few weeks. After disposing of Naomi to maintain her status as top contender, Bliss finally got her shot on tonight’s (Nov. 8, 2016) episode of SmackDown Live in Glasgow, Scotland.
But it wasn’t clean.
After a back-and-forth affair, Lynch locked on the Disarmher and Bliss tapped — but her foot was resting on the bottom rope. The referee never noticed as much and Alexa tapped to get Becky to let go of the hold.
#DISARMHER by @BeckyLynchWWE!!! @AlexaBliss_WWE TAPS!! Becky retains!!— WWE (@WWE) November 9, 2016
(Wait... was Alexa's foot on the rope?)#SDLive pic.twitter.com/xnbkpdJP5w
Lynch was announced the winner and retained her title but the commentary team was quick to point out that Bliss had her foot on the rope and the referee failed to do his job. “It wasn’t controversial, it was wrong,” proclaimed JBL. “Flat wrong.”
When they cut backstage, Shane McMahon said “the referee’s decision stands.”
There you have it.
Complete results and the live blog from SmackDown Live this week here.