After not being on television for months, Nikki Cross was part of the Beat The Clock Challenge on the May 24 and 31 episodes of WWE Raw.
Cross was victorious over both Rhea Ripley and Charlotte Flair, the two women vying for the Raw Women's Championship at the time.
Shortly after, Nikki Cross became Nikki ASH, won the Money in the Bank briefcase, and cashed in to defeat Charlotte and win the Raw Women's Championship.
Speaking to Scott Fishman of TVInsider, Nikki recalled the Beat the Clock Challenge.
"A couple of months ago we had the Beat the Clock challenges with Rhea and Charlotte both kind of underestimating me. We had those really fun matches. It has been such a whirlwind. I love seeing everything come together and things that happened organically. I think you’re right. Those seeds were planted. I love the story we’re telling," she said.
Nikki is set to defend the Raw Women's Title in a triple threat match against Charlotte and Rhea at WWE SummerSlam.
Speaking of the bout, Nikki said, "I think if Monday is any indication, SummerSlam, you’re going to see an absolute fight. You have two strong, powerful women in Charlotte Flair and Rhea Ripley. You have Nikki A.S.H. who is the underdog and has really proven it doesn’t matter how small you are. It matters the size of your heart. For me, that’s such a wonderful thing about SummerSlam is you’re going to see three different competitors for one of the greatest accolades in our industry. All I can say is expect the unexpected and you’ll see what I really bring to the table."
You can check out the current lineup for WWE SummerSlam by clicking here.