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Xia Li Set To Debut New Gimmick Next Week On SmackDown

Xia Li

Xia Li is set to make her main roster debut on SmackDown on the 10th of December as she brings her new character to the blue brand.

Li will make her first appearance on WWE television since she was drafted to SmackDown in the WWE Draft in October. Vignettes have aired hyping the Chinese star’s impending debut with Li portraying a comic book hero known as “The Protector.”

Previously Xia Li was part of NXT where she last appeared in July in a losing effort against Raquel Gonzalez for the NXT Women’s Championship. Li was a part of the Tian Sha group alongside Boa and the mysterious Mei Ying. Ying recently debuted a new character on NXT 2.0 where she was briefly woken from a backstage sleep.

Also on the 10th of December episode of SmackDown that will emanate from the STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, Sonya Deville is set to make her return to the ring in a bout against Naomi. Deville has sought to make the former SmackDown Women’s Champion life a misery in recent months and finally accepted Naomi’s challenge to meet her one-on-one.

This will be Deville’s first proper match for WWE since she lost a Loser Leaves WWE Match at SummerSlam 2020 against her former Fire and Desire partner and current NXT Women’s Champion, Mandy Rose.