Following Rae's elevation to WWE's main roster, Charlotte and Banks went on to feud with Bayley, who formed an alliance with Natalya, who defeated Charlotte by disqualification after Banks interfered on the March 27 episode of NXT.After a four-month absence from the show, Summer Rae returned on the June 6 episode of NXT, distracting Bayley and allowing Charlotte to defeat her, after which the BFFs attempted to attack Bayley, only to be chased away by Emma and the returning Paige.On July 23, at Battleground, Flair competed in a five-way elimination match to determine the number one contender for the Smack Down Women's Championship, but she was the last woman eliminated eventual winner Natalya.
However, Flair received her rematch and defeated Natalya to win the championship in her hometown on the November 14 episode of Smack Down, becoming the first woman's wrestler to win the Divas, NXT, Raw and Smack Down Women's Championship.
Towards the end of 2017, Flair once again aligned with Becky Lynch and Naomi to feud with debuting The Riott Squad (Ruby Riott, Liv Morgan and Sarah Logan), after the three attacked them shortly after their debut.
Two days after later, on the April 10 episode of Smack Down, The IIconics (Peyton Royce and Billie Kay) attacked Flair while she was cutting a promo and Carmella subsequently used her Money in the Bank opportunity to defeat Flair and win the championship, ending her reign at 147 days.
After the event, Flair took a hiatus after undergoing a ruptured breast implant surgery.
After a short hiatus due to surgery, Flair made her return on the July 31 episode of Smack Down, saving her friend Becky Lynch from an attack by Carmella, and later defeating her to be inserted into her championship match with Carmella at Summer Slam, thus making it a triple-threat match.