On this day in history, 5 years ago, Naomi and Tamina battled The Bella Twins in Tag Team action at Payback. A kick from Tamina into Brie’s back slowed The Bellas’ rush and allowed them to isolate her from bringing Nikki into the match. When Brie managed to jump over Naomi and tag her sister back into the contest, it seemed as though momentum had swung back in the twins’ favor.
Nikki left her opponents reeling with a devastating Alabama Slam to Nikki and a brutal forearm smash to Tamina. A momentary distraction proved fatal for The Bellas, though. Nikki crushed Naomi with a spinebuster, then climbed to the top rope, where she paused for a moment to see Tamina toss Brie into the barricade. Naomi quickly capitalized, slamming Nikki off the top rope for the win.