With Charlotte Flair now challenging Raw Women’s Champion Ronda Rousey at Survivor Series, in place of injured SmackDown Live Women’s Champion Becky Lynch, the Women’s Team SmackDown Live team was down a member. With that being said, it was a huge question coming into the pay-per-view as to who would serve as the final member of the team. During the Survivor Series kickoff show, it was revealed that Mandy Rose will serve as the fifth member of the team.
The announcement was made during a backstage segment in which Naomi offered the team a pep-talk. R-Truth was involved in the segment, and it was teased that he could be the fifth member. However, Naomi then made the announcement that Rose would be the fifth member of the team. Also, earlier on the show, a backstage brawl between Team Raw members Ruby Riott and Natalya broke out. Team Captain Alexa Bliss threatened that if they couldn’t get their act together they’d be kicked off the team.