1. Alexa Bliss does something weird, distracting Nikki Cross and allowing Bayley to retain her title
Listen, we can romanticize the idea of clean finishes or surprise Sasha Banks appearances all we like, but safe money rests with Alexa Bliss playing some role in the match’s conclusion.
She’ll either accompany Cross to the ring and hang around in Cross’ corner or she’ll join Michael Cole and Corey Graves at the announce desk. Once the match reaches its climax, she’ll re-enter her Fiend-induced trance and command her friend’s attention long enough for Bayley to steal the victory.
How Bliss gets to that fugue state depends on WWE’s preference. Maybe one of the announcers will utter The Fiend’s name and Bliss hears them. Perhaps Bayley, the shrewd champion that she is, will scream it to Bliss if she feels her title reign is in jeopardy. The creative team could even script Cross to say it by accident during a pause in the action. Any of those options is a reasonable means to their desired end.
Having Bliss inadvertently cost Cross the SmackDown Women’s title would add an interesting wrinkle into the Bliss/Cross/Fiend story. Cross has vowed to save Bliss from The Fiend, but would she feel the same if her friend kept her from capturing her first world title?
The fallout could result in Cross brushing it off as a mistake that wasn’t Bliss’ fault — like a good friend would do — but she could also give up and sever ties with Bliss, leading to a Bliss heel turn, or she could outright turn on Bliss in frustration, which was teased over the summer (which makes some sense given that The Fiend is a de-facto babyface now).
Any of those possibilities makes for a fascinating next chapter in that narrative. But in order to get there, Bliss has to play a role in the finish to this title tilt, and there’s a good chance we’ll see that play out at the PPV.