Tegan Nox and Shotzi Blackheart made their presence felt in their SmackDown debuts, facing the Women’s Tag Team Champions in their debut match on the blue brand!
Towards the end of the show’s first hour, Tamina & Natalya made their entrance and it was announced they’d be facing a brand-new debuting team in a non-title, later revealed to be NXT’s Tegan Nox and Shotzi Blackheart. Both women have seemingly undergone name changes as well with the duo simply being announced as ‘Shotzi’ and ‘Nox’.
After a back-and-forth contest, Shotzi pinned Natalya with The Ballpit to pick up a shock win over the Women’s Tag Team Champions as well as her and Nox’s first victory on SmackDown! Interestingly, Nox makes her SmackDown debut just three days after returning to NXT at Great American Bash where she helped Zoey Stark & Io Shirai win the NXT Women’s Tag Team Championship from The Way.
An NXT call-up was teased a few hours before the show by WrestleVotes, though no hints towards the identity of the debuting wrestler or what they’d be doing on the show were provided.
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— WrestleVotes (@WrestleVotes) July 9, 2021
Elsewhere on SmackDown: Carmella was announced as Bayley’s replacement to challenge Bianca Belair at Money In The Bank, Toni Storm was announced to be coming soon to SmackDown and the men’s Money In The Bank Ladder Match line-up was completed!