Former WWE SmackDown Women’s Champion Naomi is set to return this Sunday at WrestleMania 33. She sent out a tweet in early March, assuring fans that she will fight through her knee injury just in time for the big event. Naomi will be working extra hard to make it to ‘Mania. She definitely wants her hometown of Orlando to feel the glow.
The injury occurred this past February at WWE’s Elimination Chamber event. Naomi suffered a sprained ACL in her left knee while performing a split-legged moonsault on her opponent Alexa Bliss. Naomi left Phoenix that night with championship gold, as she defeated Bliss and captured her very first championship in the WWE. She celebrated her win backstage with her husband and fellow wrestler Jonathan Fatu (better known as Jimmy Uso, one half of the WWE SmackDown Tag Team Champions).
But Naomi’s victory was bittersweet, as her knee injury meant that she would have to relinquish the WWE SmackDown Women’s Championship. She fought back tears as she handed over the big blue belt to General Manager Daniel Bryan on the February 21st edition of WWE SmackDown Live.
But SmackDown GM Daniel Bryan did say that any available female wrestler on the SmackDown roster can participate in their Women’s Championship match at ‘Mania. Will Naomi finally have her WrestleMania moment? Hopefully, this former Orlando Magic cheerleader will light up the night sky above the Camping World Stadium. Can Naomi pull off the comeback win of the year in Orlando? Only time will tell.
On Tuesday night’s SmackDown, Naomi returned to television and announced her intention to compete at ‘Mania. Her knee is back to 100% and she’s officially back to kicking ass. She’ll be fighting for the championship she never really lost on the grandest stage of them all.