According to a report by Fightful Select, Chelsea Green was almost renamed Victorious for her debut on WWE Friday Night SmackDown.
After her social media gripe that she hadn’t wrestled in several months, the former NXT star was promoted to the main roster prior to the 2020 Survivor Series to compete in a qualifying match for the elimination extravaganza.
Instead of triumphing and becoming a member of Team SmackDown as per the original plan, Green accidentally broke her wrist which will now see her out of action for several months. However, as per the report, her debut was almost completely different.
From Fightful’s report:
As mentioned, all throughout the day of her re-debut, the plan was for Chelsea Green to win the SmackDown match in which she debuted. After sitting on the sidelines for months, we’re told that Vince McMahon had a meeting with Green about the creative plans for her moving forward, and to inform her that she’d be move up to SmackDown imminently. Most within creative and the WWE staff said that they heard the meeting went positively, and Paul Heyman pushed hard for her and believed in Chelsea Green as a top women’s star before he was ousted.
Fightful has learned the creative plans didn’t stop with Vince McMahon’s meeting with Chelsea Green. Up until at least the day of the show there were also creative plans for her to either have a name change or nickname. The proposal? “Victorious.” There were some concerns raised by some within the company that there could be trademark issues in making that happen. Both Green and “Victorious” appeared on the internal rundowns, though Green was scheduled for a post-match promo where she’d refer to herself by the new moniker. Obviously that didn’t happen due to injury.
It currently unknown whether Green will still undergo the name change once she returns to WWE or if the star will undergo the push planned for her prior to her injury.