Rhea Ripley and Kayla Braxton have blasted fans for their response to Liv Morgan.
The blue brand’s women’s champion – whoto retain the title – came out to address the crowd on Friday night, but the fan favourite was met with a chorus of boos.
Although some people later tried to start a Liv Morgan chant in her favour, many people could be heard jeering and chanting ‘you tapped out’ after she submitted during the match moments before the referee made the three count to give her the win.
Fans have been heavily critical of the ending of the match for not making the new champion look strong enough, and they seemed to direct some of that frustration at Liv herself.
Following the segment, Rhea offered some support while still staying in character by offering her former tag team partner a spot alongside her.
She wrote: ‘The @WWE Universe booing @YaOnlyLivvOnce… Fickle. Liv there’s still room if you decide to stop caring about everyone’s opinion. #JoinUs #TheJudgmentDay #WWESmackdown’
Interestingly, Liv actually retweeted the message – although given that they’re on separate shows, it’s unlikely she actually joins the group.
Meanwhile, broadcaster Kayla – who was interviewing Liv in the ring on Friday – later took to Twitter to address the live audience and defend the popular star.
She tweeted: ‘For those wondering why I looked annoyed – I was disappointed with the disrespectful chants towards our SD Womens Champion. @YaOnlyLivvOnce is so deserving so hush it when she speaks’.
Plenty of fans on social media have rushed to Liv’s defence and also criticised those in attendance for their reaction to her, while all this comes after Alexa Bliss recently revealed .
‘We wanted to see Liv win, and the crowd wanted to see Liv win. She’s the choice,’ she exclusively told Metro.co.uk. ‘She deserves it, she deserves to be in the spot she is now.
‘She has trained and worked her butt off and is very passionate and loves what she does. So, this is her time.’
WWE SmackDown airs Friday nights at 1am on BT Sport 1.