There was a time in the not-too-distant past when Nikki Cross didn’t just want to be a hero to the WWE Universe but something more; she wanted to be super. She had the Hurricane Helms-approved mask, the tights, and an unbreakable smile in the hopes of inspiring kids young and old to live their best life.

But then… something happened. After winning the WWE Raw Women’s Championship and then the WWE Tag Team Championship with Rhea Ripley, she began to struggle in the ring, have communications issues with her new partner, fellow Scottish Superstar Doudrop, slowly saw her thoroughly-crafted character start to fray. She slowly but surely started to look less like Batman and more like the Joker and on an October edition of RAW, her transformation back to Nikki Cross was complete.

Suddenly back to the character she used to play in NXT while teaming up with the likes of Eric Young, Alexander Wolfe, Killian Dain, and Sawyer Fulton – all of whom no longer work for WWE – Cross has found an unlikely alliance with Damage CTRL, Bayley, IYO SKY, and Dakota Kai, and is reaping the benefits of her villainous ways – booking a massive bout for the end of the month and securing gold for the first time in 2022, even if she threw it in the trash moments after securing it.

Nikki Cross has found a new home on WWE RAW.

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Cross’ consequential episode of RAW technically began two days earlier at WWE Crown Jewel, when she somehow traveled to Saudi Arabia in order to cost former tag team partner Alexa Bliss the straps in her first ever WWE Women’s Tag Team Championship defense with Asuka – allowing Damage CTRL to recapture the titles after less than a week without them. She snuck into the ring – while thousands of fans reacted to it – tied up Bliss, and hit her with her neck breaker that she was never able to get up from. Bliss lay on the mat for about a minute, was pinned to the ground, and just like that, the belt went back to Kai and SKY.

Fast forward to Monday night, and Cross was again buddying up with Damage CTRL, even if she didn’t seem to be all that involved in the conversations the quartet was having, thanks to her generally alarming behavior. When Bayley, Kai, and SKY came out to challenge their current rivals, Bianca Belair, Asuka, and Bliss, Cross emerged like Rhea Ripley to turn the numbers game firmly in the heels’ favor and finished off a brawl that ended with the “Est of WWE” challenging Damage CTRL to a WarGames match at Survivor Series.

Was Cross going to be a member of this WarGames match? It was unclear at the time but, fortunately, didn’t remain that way for long, as Kai, SKY, and Bayley offered Cross a spot on their team – which, based on WWE’s graphics department, she accepted – and even offered to join her ringside for their match for the 24/7 championship against Dana Brooke later in the show.

Accepting their offer, the quartet provided a unified front against Brooke, who fortunately didn’t see Austin Theory cash in on her strap, but lost it nonetheless, with Cross overcoming her foe with relative ease. So what gives? Is Cross now a member of Damage CTRL? Only time will tell, but after throwing the 24/7 Title into the trash(ish), it’s clear she’s looking to level up.