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SPOILER: NXT Superstar appears on SmackDown

But is it a call-up?

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It’s not completely out of left field, but the surprise from this week’s SmackDown taping in Manchester feels more surprising than the title change Raw pulled a night before in the same building.

The question is... what, if anything, does it mean long term?

Nikki Cross showed up with her SAnitY teammates to answer a challenge from SmackDown Women’s champ Becky Lynch. She was beaten clean with The Champ’s armbar, which makes sense considering Lynch is headed into a main event-level battle of the armbars with Ronda Rousey in less than two weeks.

But was Cross used because she’s from the United Kingdom and would get a response? Or is she finally joining Eric Young, Alexander Wolfe & Killian Dain on the main roster?

Honestly, I’m not sure how a call-up makes sense. Cross is involved in two high-profile NXT programs (as the person who revealed Aleister Black’s attacker (we think), and feuding with Bianca Belair). SAnitY is... not on television, and aside from a few weeks this summer, hasn’t been much since they were called up earlier this year. With acts like The IIconics and Andrade Almas & Zelina Vega already fighting for precious minutes, is SAnitY + Cross more likely to reach our screens than EY, Dain & Wolfe are on their own?

Problems for another time, I suppose. Now who’s ready for the Twisted Sister on SmackDown tonight?

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