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The battle lines are being drawn. The fists and claws are out, and the women of SmackDown Live are not playing any games. This week we see them really showcase their aggression as the feuds are made personal, and characters are really developing into their best form.

The night begins as Intercontinental champion Dean Ambrose interviews The Miz and Maryse – the real one, not the fake alligator he named after her. Ambrose and The Miz go at it with their words until the champ gets struck. The Miz then holds his vulnerable opponent up so that he can receive a slap from the Sexiest of Sexy, but unfortunately Dean ducks out of the way, causing The Miz to feel the wrath of his wife’s palm. Cue the anger from the couple and smug look on Ambrose, and we’re off to a brilliant start!

We’re then taken to a promotional video, in which the feud of Natalya vs Nikki Bella is highlighted.

The Fearless One is then seen walking backstage for her scheduled match against Natalya, but is soon struck by the Queen of Black Harts. Bella is then shoved into the wall, where her leg takes the hardest hit. A defenseless Nikki then watches on as Natalya makes her way to the ring.

After being taken to ringside, we see Neidhart ready to wrestle, but Nikki seems to be taking some time to come out. However, before it gets too late, a frustrated Bella storms to the ring, and spears Natalya to the ground. The two go at it, showing their aggression clearly. We see a moment where Natalya tries to escape over the barricade but gets caught, and also a lot of punches, another spear and a bunch of referees holding them back. The brawl ends after Natalya tosses her prey on the outside and applies the Sharpshooter on her, forcing the Fearless One to scream in agony.

Once backstage, Natalya explains that what Nikki received was a simple “taste of her own medicine.” She goes on to state that Bella is “selfish” and a “cobtrolling brat” that she will “shut down” forever. Fighting words, it seems.

Later on in the night, Carmella pops out to fight a local competitor, CJ Lunde. Carmella dominates a majority of the match but Lunde gets in some offense. James Ellsworth, standing outside, attempts to get involved but gets caught by the referee. However, when Carmella grabs the ref’s leg and turns his back from her manager, Ellsworth pulls Lunde onto the outside, keeping her distracted. When the local competitor heads between the ropes, ‘Mella places her in the Code of Silence, forcing her to tap out. Romeo and Juliet then celebrate the well-deserved win to an unappreciative crowd.

To continue their celebration, Carmella talks to Ellsworth backstage to give him the deets.He unfortunately thought that a kiss would be coming his way – so even freshens his breath – but according to ‘Mella, “all good things come to those who wait.” The Princess of Staten Island tells her partner that she’ll be taking him on a shopping spree.

Back in Daniel Bryan’s office, Becky Lynch discusses last week’s antics with him. The Lass Kicker reminds him that she defeated the SmackDown Women’s champion by making Alexa Bliss tap out to the Dis-arm-her. However, before she can get into it a little further, the Wicked Witch of WWE shows up. Bliss warns Bryan to not fall for the “miscommunication” that Lynch is attempting to share. She explains that she was only at ringside to talk to La Luchadora and find out her identity, but Becky ruined that plan by attacking her before she could do so. Bryan refuses to listen to the arguing any longer so states that the pair will face off in a SmackDown Women’s title match next week on SmackDown Live. And, on top of that, it will be inside a steel cage!

Becky also believes that La Luchadora cannot possibly be Eva Marie as the woman is far too vein to be hidden by a mask – and she really could be onto something here.

Bliss and Lynch are then both seen on the panel for Talking Smack. The Lass Kicker swears that she will dislocate Bliss’ arm again, but on top of the cage this time. Bliss fights back and says that as she left 2016 as the champ, she plans on leaving 2017 the same way. Lynch tells her that she’s wrong, but to make the most of it as it will be changing hands next week. But Bliss has the last word as she states that Becky will have an entire week to come up with an excuse as to why Alexa will still be the champ.

Thoughts: The aggression is really all out this week, huh?

All of the work surrounding the ladies of the blue brand is incredibly impressive right now. But let’s start from the top, shall we?

What a brawl from Nikki and Nattie! The women proved exactly how to make a feud feel personal there. They really went in with their attacks and made it feel like they genuinely hated each other. And this is what I’ve wanted to see more, particularly from Nikki. Over the past few weeks we’ve seen her build up the aggression hidden inside, and this week she wasn’t holding any prisoners. Nikki is at a boiling point with Natalya. She isn’t forgiving her for these issues because they’re friends. Bella is done with that, and she proved it when she straight for that spear. And the second one.

What I appreciate the most about this segment is the fact that both were allowed to look tough. Yes, Nattie walked away whilst Nikki was laying on the ground, but it wasn’t a straight up beat-down. What we saw was both women highlight their aggression and prove just how much they could handle. At times Nikki got to lead – with the spears and tossing around – and then Nattie took ahold of the brawl with her punches and the Sharpshooter. Both women have been in the company for a similar amount of time. So with that being said, they are to be seen as equals – and that is how we view them here.

It’s incredible how the lovable Nattie on ‘Total Divas’ has me booing her here. Just last week I wanted to cuddle her out of appreciation when watching her on the reality show. Yet less than a week later she has me impressed by her fighting and in my feelings in regards to her heel work. Incredible.

The Carmella match is probably the only disappointment this week. I wouldn’t say it was a completely terrible contest, as it wasn’t, but it could’ve been better. The formula of the match was almost literally the same as the one we saw with Aliyah just last week. And though it’s just one of the typical local competitor matches, some differences wouldn’t be too much to ask for. But alas, it served its purpose by awarding Carmella with a win and giving her a reason to celebrate with James. So it’s nothing too serious to worry about, really.

But there is something serious on the horizon, and that is the Steel Cage match next week! If you didn’t jump out of your seat in excitement after hearing this announcement then you probably have yet to find out that Becky Lynch and Alexa Bliss are fighting in a Steel Cage!!

This is the kind of feud that requires this stipulation. Both women have been at each other’s throats, and the story has been about more than just the title that they’re talking about. Bliss has made this personal by constantly digging at Becky’s insecurities and forcing her into corners by marking her as a useless competitor. She’s been constantly belittling her and finding ways to escape. The feud is at a boiling point and this match could really cap it off well. I’m ready for it. And I’m sure the ladies will do it justice!

Across the board, it’s fantastic that each segment showcases character development, storyline progression or both. From Nattie and Nikki’s personal grudge getting real, to Becky and Alexa’s feud really highlighting just how much the two hate each other… we’re really getting treated here!

How do you feel about this week’s episode? Are you excited for the Steel Cage match? Do you think Nikki will get her revenge on Natalya? What are your feelings regarding Carmellsworth? Let us know your views in the comments below!

  • AllLashes

    Becky and Alexa’s feud has lasted much too long

    • limfox

      Agreed – but nearly not as long as Char:Sasha but I get your drift. I would love a new feud soon.

    • Seraphina Rosenhart

      I think this is the end of the feud. Then Becky can go feud with Mickie James/La Luchadora, while Alexa feuds with someone new, hopefully Naomi.

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  • limfox

    And can we talk about that CJ Lunde lady? There was no reason to have her coming out dressed as if we were in the 1920s. A MESS

    • Raekon

      Her Name is Thunderkitty in the Indies and going like in the 20s-50s is her Gimmick. :)

  • Why is CJ Lunde giving me Mae Young tease (God rest her soul)??

    • Crazy. #RIPMae

      stfu more like Moolah!

  • MK126

    That promotional video for Nattie and Nikki was hilarious! “My CAT has more charisma than you… yeah bitch” ???. I lived for the brawl. My selfishness came out and wanted a weapon to be involved in some way but it was still great regardless.

    Becky and Bliss should be done after this match. Not that its a long drawn out feud cause now they added in Luchadora and her mysterious identity. I just hope alexa retains otherwise she’ll have her rematch clause and then itll be a whole bunch of Sasha vs Charlotte in SDL which we dont need. Have Luchadora interfere while Becky in about to climb out of the cage door or in some fashion and then let her reveal her identity.

    Mella vs CJ Lunde… meh nothing to write home about. Mella should get cocky that shes picking up all these wins and ask for a title shot against whoever is the champion and have her win with Ellsworths help. Keep it for a month or so when Ellsworth realizes that shes using him… let him walk out middle of a title defense and BAM she loses it.

    • KatyaMenelli

      Omg that should do that!!

  • Red

    Loved SDLive last night; Nikki/Natalya brawl was great, happy to see Natalya standing tall for once, hopefully they get a gimmick match soon (a street fight, maybe?).

    I must admit that i’m not a fan of the Becky/Alexa in-ring chemistry, however, i’m actually intrigued with this storyline, i see only two options that could be revealed as Luchadora, Eva Marie or Mickie James, personally i think Eva Marie would be the best choice.

    I’m digging the “Carmellsworth” stuff, let’s see where this will lead up.

    That Mae Young daughter who jobbed to Carmella was an horrible wrestler, hopefully WWE never bring up her again.

  • OJ Von Erich

    Susan Boyle make’s her WWE debut & pay’s tribute to Moolah & Mae Young with her attire.

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  • berlinettaclub

    I’d say Raw and SD were equal this week (at least for the women). I kinda liked Nikki and Nattie’s brawl but I felt like they were holding back a little. It could have been more intense imo. I liked Alexa and Becky’s backstage segment and I’m super excited for next week. But what the hell is happening with this Carmella/Ellsworth storyline? I’m not interested and I don’t see it going anywhere.

    • Crazy. #RIPMae

      Carmella will eventually turn on James. She’ll use him to get to the top then turn on him.

  • #Hooligan

    Once again Smackdown wins. They get to use the majority of their women in several separate segments/feuds. When will Raw? I’m waiting.
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  • conan_kun

    Bryan only appear in one segment with Becky and Shane is not on Smackdown (though he’s just on Talking Smack) while Steph was keep hogging spotlight on Raw for entire 3 hours.

    The match stipulations for SD women title match are logical and made sense. Before TLC, Becky tried to throw Alexa through the table but ends up Becky being went through the table during contract signing, thus Table match is set. Now Steel Cage match is set because of last title match ends with outside interference, so they book Steel Cage match to prevent that, plus it can protect Becky from eating a pin again with Alexa retains by escaping the cage. On the other hand, Raw women title match stipulations from HIAC, Fall Count Anywhere to Iron Man match for Charlotte and Sasha felt unnecessary, they just simply want to make history.

  • OJ Von Erich

    The Nikki Bella & Natalya brawl gave me life, I knew they would deliver!

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    I’m still hoping for some kind of stipulation match between them, as they clearly feel comfortable being stiff with each other & have awesome chemistry.

  • Alice In La La Land

    I’m really starting to like the feud between Nattie and Nikki.
    CJ needs more in ring work because her match with Carmella wasn’t good.
    I can’t wait for the steel cage match between Alexa and Becky.

  • Alice In La La Land

    Becky remind me of Ariel of the Little Mermaid.

  • Stef’

    I look forward for the steel cage match but honnestly, I have this feeling Becky and Alexa miss something in their feud like some history and that all these stipulation matches are just there to catch up with RAW + all this LA Luchadora stuff is such a mess ! I’m more interested in Nikki vs Nattie atm.

  • OJ Von Erich

    It’s a shame they didn’t further any interaction with Maryse & Renee or further the fining situation between Daniel Bryan or Maryse, although she did deliver a message to him on Instagram: Here’s your $5000 & here’s a cheque for future slaps. #SlapdownLive #BillMe

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    • glassjaw

      Imagine if she walked up to Renee, threw another 5K at her and then slapped her again. Now, that would be a legit boss move.

      • OJ Von Erich

        Hahaha imagine it though, Maryse would actually kill it, she just has such a bitch presence that could carry that off to perfection! ?

      • KatyaMenelli

        I despise Maryse with a passion but I would love to see that lmfao

    • PoisonFelino #Watermelondrea

      Wow, this is hilarious XD. Love it.

  • OJ Von Erich

    BRING ON THE STEEL CAGE MATCH!

    I have faith in this being an early (dare I say it) MOTY candidate possibly?
    There is so many possibilities with this match & I have a feeling the La Luchadora mystery will be unmasked.

    Although Becky, please leave the #AllRedEverything to the Red Queen herself.

    P.S The Eva Marie mention was definitely up there with the Mick Foley trade in terms of hilarity! ?

  • Super Mateo

    WE ARE GETTING ALEXA AND BECKY IN A STEEL CAGE! Smackdown, you got me. I will be anxiously waiting for this next week.

    A pissed off Nikki Bella is the best Nikki Bella. Nikki is really fun to watch when this version shows up. This is the kind of intensity I want to see from her. The laid back version may work for Nikki’s other shows, but in a WWE ring, this aggression needs to continue. Nikki showed it at times with Carmella; the question is whether Natalya can generate the heat Carmella did to make Nikki’s attacks more satisfying.

    I swear…I could watch Becky and Alexa argue forever. The back and forth on Talking Smack was priceless and never felt catty. They kept it mostly focused on the title and their matches. Both made good points. With Becky as the face, WWE wants us to root for her, but I like Alexa just as much, so I don’t care who wins. I just want them to have a match that the crowd will be into. Having said that, Alexa and Becky have been great rivals, but it’s time for them to move on to other things.

    • glassjaw

      I’d love for Nikki to translate her aggression in a straight up badass promo. None of this defending her accolades or reputation: just come out and threaten to hater ass.

      Agreed on Becky and Alexa’s banter. It’s so natural and funny.

  • OJ Von Erich

    Finally, we can’t have a Smackdown redux without my honorable First Lady of 205 Live mention:

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    From her playing the dutiful girlfriend to Cedric, to saving Noam Dar from that moonsault, subsequently leading to his victory, to delivering another slap to his face, to being dumped & delivering that volume defying tantrum in the locker room…

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    Welcome back Cray-licia F*cks, we’ve missed you.

    • glassjaw

      I have to admit as much as I’m appreciating Alicia Fox being used outside of the role of enhancement talent, I just don’t get the storyline she’s in. Presumably she goes on to stalk Cedric or make his life hell? I honestly can’t see her siding with Noam Dar… it would be far too creepy haha.

      • Shan

        Oh, it will get super creepy. She’s already helping him out and being confused about her feelings for him. Either way, I SHIP IT!

        • KatyaMenelli

          DarLicia I ship sooo hard

    • Shan

      I cackled. Alicia takes 205 over the top into must watch. She is just on point. That tantrum had me crying with laughter.

  • SamoanSquad

    Don’t really understand the hate towards Thunder kitty aka the girl who faced Carmella on Smackdown.Im glad she wore what she wore because she’s paying homage to the women of the 80s/early 90s who would wear ring attires like that regularly.It was actually refreshing.

    • Crazy. #RIPMae

      She was a mess in the ring. Did you not see what she was doing and how she was selling Carmella’s moves?

      • Raekon

        She were supposed to look “awful”. She isn’t awful in the Indies.

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      would you like to chat on our site we have a discussion post. that’s where most dd users go to discuss things

  • glassjaw

    Smackdown only had one blooper – Carmella’s messy match, heightened by JBL ignorantly picking on Thunderkitty. Everything else was very enjoyable. Highlights? Nikki’s great looking NFL player-like tackles and the effortlessly natural character chemistry flowing between Alexa Bliss and Becky Lynch. The steel cage stipulation makes sense within the context of Alexa playing the slippery villain; it’s not about capitalising on an aggressive feud but denying Alexa the opportunity to escape Becky.

    Also, I haven’t mentioned this before, but Daniel Bryan as a general manager presiding over the women’s division feels infinitely more genuine and sincere than I’ve seen from an “authority figure” on TV before. He does a great job putting over the women as characters and the importance of their division.

  • conan_kun

    During Talking Smack, Becky called Alexa the C-word in a subtle way.

    Alexa: “Okay, yeah I’ll keep this title for a week so that means you get have a week to come up with good excuse on why you don’t have it because you’re not taking my title,”
    Becky: “See you next Tuesday”
    C: See
    U: You
    N: Next
    T: Tuesday

    • Gabriella Panajotova

      lol She’s a witty gal won’t be surprised if she thought of it.

  • Delroy Coke

    At this point Nikki vs. Natalya match should be either…
    Ironman Match
    2 out of 3 Falls
    No Holds Barred
    Hell In A Cell
    Street Fight
    Any stipulation and gimmick match, both of them are making each other better that’s why they are competitive veterans period. I have said since day 1 of The Fearless Superstar return Nikki is going to be women’s champion. Natalya will get the belt later than sooner out of optimism

    • Crazy. #RIPMae

      A Street Fight would be good too.

      • Delroy Coke

        It’s the occurring theme is Fearless Superstar vs. Queen of Black Harts. Nikki is the empowering women, who made accomplishments. Natalya is the entitling woman, who always doesn’t get it her way, always use others and get no credit

  • Joseph

    Nikki gonna be in a serious feud with Nattie she needs new gear.

    • LeBoss

      I agree.
      It’s just too “diva”-ish for me

      • AllLashes

        So I guess Charlotte and Sasha having their ass cheeks hanging out, and giving each other wedgies and patting each others ass during pinfalls isn’t diva-ish.

        • Joseph

          I never notice that during there matches because they are mostly beating the shit outta each other.

        • LeBoss

          That occurs throughout the course of a match.
          Sasha and Charlotte are dressed like wrestlers! Nikki Bella is dressed like a stripper and not a credible wrestler.
          Even Trish changed her attire when she wanted to be taken seriously as a wrestler. Nikki should do the same because she will always be considered eye candy when her looks are more of a focus than her in-ring abilities

    • wwepassion

      Gear has nothing to do with talent

      • Joseph

        She needs the change, have her be a legit no bullshit wrestler now. This isn’t the Diva era Nikki anymore it’s time for her to more serious than ever before.

        • wwepassion

          HUH?

        • AllLashes

          You’re sexist piece of shit

          • Joseph

            How the fuck is that sexist?

    • yoshijoshy

      If anything Nattie needs new gear, not flattering on her body at all!

    • Deondray Sambolin-Randolph

      I agree. I am tired of her having to pull her bottoms up. There has to be a solution.

      • Windyhawaii

        What? You must be a serious moron. Gear has nothing to do with being a “diva” not even addressing the fact that suddenly the word diva is a now a poison to say when it used to be a proud name. Gear is gear, there’s nothing off about it. Dolph used to wear tight underwear, why didn’t you go off on him? Her gear does not in any way correlate to her being a “diva” or really as you’re all kindly trying to say “slut”

        • Deondray Sambolin-Randolph

          I think you replied to the wrong comment. I didn’t bring up any thing about DIVA. I just simply stated that I am tired of her having to constantly fuss with her shorts. I respect Nikki and I don’t care about how much skin she shows. It takes me out of it that she has to constantly pull up her pants. Also, you don’t know me or many of the people on here personally I am guessing. I would think twice about just calling a random stranger a moron, especially if they are just trying to be a part of a community that enjoys something they hold dear. Wish you the best, Windy…

          • Windyhawaii

            Yeah I meant to respond to the person who wrote the main comment sorry.

    • tHUGLIFE
    • I get your point, it could help make people take her more seriously as a wrestler. Unfortunately I think both the WWE and Nikki know what her appeal is, and it’s much more her looks than her wrestling ability. No disrespect to her, just the truth. And nothing’s wrong with that.

      • Joseph

        I think Eva getting suspended screw up Nikki. She didn’t get enough time to change her gimmick and add some new stuff to her move-set. Nikki wasn’t supposed to come back until mid October.

  • Miguel Orona Rodríguez

    I’m just hoping Alexa wins this steel cage match because I’m predicting “La Luchadora” will try to interfere unsuccessfully, Becky will get the title and then Mickie’s heel debut will take place making a statement on Becky. Even when that would be amazing, I want Alexa to keep the belt. With Nattie & Nikki feuding, Becky & Mickie and Carmella’s storyline I wouldn’t see space for her and that can’t happen, she’s been a highlight.

    • SweeneyTodd

      Alexa is a terrible “Wrestler” must lose the title

  • Deondray Sambolin-Randolph

    I am loving the SD Women’s Division!!! Three totally unrelated segments for the ladies and my only gripe is Nikki’s wardrobe. (I seriously wish she could just wear bottoms she doesn’t have to fuss with non-stop…)

    • conan_kun

      Exactly, Raw should take note of that, they mixed Charlotte/Bayley and Nia/Sasha these 2 separate feuds together into one every week.

      • What?

        While it might have seemed lazy and a time saving method, I think the potential of Nia vs. Charlotte and Bayley vs. Sasha is exciting, and those seeds have been planted. I expect a Fatal 4 Way at the February PPV, where Sasha will win the title again, turn heel and wrestle Bayley at Wrestlemania. Charlotte will then feud with Nia Jax and bodyslam her all the way back to NXT at Wrestlemania in a seperate match. Though knowing WWE creative, they will just do Bayley vs Charlotte, have Charlotte win, and waste Sasha and Nia when they could have been used so much more effectively.

  • ralfikh

    So far SDLive women doesnt have their “1st time stipulation match”..
    I juz really hoping that ladder match will be SDLive women 1st..

    • OJ Von Erich

      I see them getting that much saught after Women’s Elimination Chamber match.

      • I think what they should do is a MITB ladder match at WrestleMania maybe on the pre-show. 3 women from Raw Sasha, Nia, Alicia or Emma vs 3 women from SD Naomi, Carmella, Becky or Natalya or alternatively 6 SDL: Eva vs Nikki vs Natalya vs Carmella vs Naomi vs Becky (if Mickie actually debuts before WrestleMania and feuds with Alexa). I would personally love to see Naomi win the match and hold onto the briefcase for a while before cashing it in. If they only have SDL women in the match she could show up on both shows claiming the contract is only for a Women’s Championship match not a SD Women’s Championship match. Not necessarily cashing it in on RAW but teasing it to build tension. This would give her a WrestleMania moment in her hometown and all but guarantees she holds a title.

  • What?

    God Natalya is awful. Everything else is fine, I just think Nikki would benefit more from working with someone else, and fast. I’m not buying this feud, and it’s all Natties fault.

    • ?Mell?

      What?

    • wwepassion

      Nattie is awesome what the heck?

    • Crazy. #RIPMae

      Nattie is actually doing great in this feud… Nikki is the one who’s off and on.

    • What?

      It’s that smirk she comes to the ring with. It is barely distinguishable from her face persona if you turn the volume down and you aren’t having Mauro Ranallo explain it to you like your 7 years old and recite their stupid nicknames in his nasally clogged voice. She bothers me as character, because she has none. She has a nickname and her last name, and while this might be the best feud she has ever been a part of, she is dragging Nikki down. Nikki needs to be on RAW, chasing the gold and putting on great matches with Sasha, Charlotte and Bayley. She really impressed me in her matches with Carmella, and I think wrestling Charlotte makes a lot more sense if you are trying to get Nikki over as a babyface. Charlotte has been stealing Nikki’s thunder since the day she became the longest reigning Divas Champion and she hasn’t stopped.

      • What?

        *you’re

  • Nattie and Nikki brawl was awesome. Those “let them fight” chants said it all. I liked how they included a video package before it, it made it more important.

    Nattie came out of the brawl looking like a threat and it gave Nikki more sympathy, which is what she as a face needs. I hope they’ll settle it in a Last Woman Standing match.

    • Crazy. #RIPMae

      We need a Last Woman Standing Women’s title match. That’ll be iconic if the right people are used.

      • What?

        Nikki vs. Charlotte. Genetically Transmitted vs. Sexually Transmitted talent.

        • Crazy. #RIPMae

          Keep it. Charlotte has had enough stipulation matches.

  • It’s good that they’re still invested in Carmella, can’t wait to see how the Elllsworth angle will turn out. The match and Thunderkitty were a mess tho.

    Alexa and Becky segment – cute and what they needed. No history mention. I really hope that will be the end of their feud.

    • Kelly/Asuka???RainbowGoddess!

      Totally agree and hope that the cage match will end their feud with Becky winning the title back and moving on from Alexa Bliss. And Nattie should be the winner of her feud and go after Becky for the title. Becky Lynch vs Nattie at WM!

  • LeBoss

    Ugh. How freakin awesome was smackdown this week!!!!!
    Wow.
    Nikki and Nattie. Wow ! I definitely think the fact that they have been friends for so long really helped this segment because they truly went all out and that’s something we really need to see more of out of the women!

  • Welchy

    Alexa is playing her character so well
    Queen

    • What?

      I love her. 5th Horsewoman.

      • SummerNoChill

        She is beyond Horsewomen level just saying. Each of the four Horsewomen are missing one thing whereas Alexa is the full package once she gets more experience in the ring!

        • Joseph

          Well a lot of people have said she is the unofficial 5th Horsewomen.

  • Welchy

    Becky vs Alexa next week gonna be the best one yet

  • OJ Von Erich

    Also, for anyone who didn’t see the sheer brilliance that was Alicia Fox Meltdown #23

    https://youtu.be/XZC8Cct61Rk

    ? TURN DOWN YOUR VOLUME ?
    ? DO NOT WEAR HEADPHONES ?

    • Huntrry94

      I laughed way harder than I should have ??? but you can tell she was trying so hard not to laugh ??

    • Tunasha

      Hahahaha, I can’t stop laughing and the fact that she was trying not to laugh too xD

    • SummerNoChill

      Omg she gives me life, bring her to Smackdown WWE honestly..

      • Luke

        Haha that’s was so funny NO ONE BREAKS UP WITH MEEE

    • Lucas

      that’s a nice looking mannnn

    • Shan

      She went from apologizing, to being confused, to begging, to being pissed. She is brilliance.

    • Gabriella Panajotova

      I might be in the minority here, but her crazy outburst always felt forced. She needs to work on that.

      • AllLashes

        She is much better than AJ was

        • Divalicious

          not at all lmao

        • Gabriella Panajotova

          This is all down to personal opinions. To me she can’t hold a candle to AJ.

        • Raekon

          AJ had a different Crazy then Alicia though. :)

  • TabbyK

    Loved the aggression from Nattie and Nikki. They always talk about how they love working stiff with each other and they finally proved that. They did a great job and got the crowd invested. I can’t remember ever hearing a “let them fight” chant for women. The video package before their brawl was a nice touch too.

    I knew Becky was getting a rematch since she didn’t lose clean so this doesn’t bother me. I’m just glad they added a stipulation that made sense for their feud and not just for the sake of it. Plus this gives Becky the chance to lose without being pinned again. Hopefully next week Luchadora is unmasked.

    • Lucius #PYM

      Lol idk about you but when Summer Rae and Layla were brawling on a Smackdown before money in the bank our section was saying let them fight. Haha.

    • Shady

      I recall several let them fight chants. Michelle and Layla got them when they broke up on SD, AJ and Paige on the raw before WM, and a couple more for sure

    • Crazy. #RIPMae

      Naomi and Cameron’s fight was good. The crowd should’ve reacted more.

    • limfox

      Stop trying to erase history. Plenty of women got “let them fight” chants like the users below me clocked. WWE already tries to erase history, stop joining them!!!!

      • TabbyK

        How exactly am I erasing history?

        • limfox

          Bc you’re trying to say no one ever got the “let them fight” chants when there have been many couples who have gotten those chants.

          • Windyhawaii

            I recall him saying “I can’t remember” not “it didn’t happen” stop getting unnecessarily Mad at him and just go away if you’re gonna be this aggy about anything anyone says ever

          • limfox

            These will miss you, but they won’t miss pack (Ma.Pak)

          • TabbyK

            Saying that I personally can’t remember a let them fight chant is not the same as saying it’s never happened before though.

          • limfox

            true you right – my bad. forgive me queen

  • wwepassion

    This is how you book the women, I loved the brawl instead of a match. Maryse is just everything, she is so good in her role. Couple odd things though, how come Renee is not really apart of this feud anymore? Maybe wwe aren’t feeling her. Also it shows the power Nikki has to get others reaction because now that Carmella has moved on to patheticness, she isn’t getting the reaction she had with Nikki. Carmella has too much potential to be thrown into the mess she’s in now. Can’t take her serious anymore.

    • Crazy. #RIPMae

      They aren’t gonna rush the Maryse and Renee interactions. When the time is right, we’ll probably see more brawls between the two. And on top of that, Maryse just got fined for slapping Renee so it wouldn’t make sense for them to interact again so quickly especially when that just happened.

  • Shady

    Poor Carmella. That jobber looked awful in more ways than one. They should’ve flew in Mandy/Daria/Danielle or maybe Heidi or Sarah Bridges. NXT talent should get the exposure by being on the MR. Especially as the wins Carmella has been getting are not clean. Come on Aliyah looked fantastic on SD after giving Carmella the business and almost winning

    • Cathy Kelley.

      For some reason, Aliyah showed more personality last week than she has ever done on NXT. I guess SD is that good.

      • What?

        I cant get over Breaking Ground and that awful showing in promo class.

        • SummerNoChill

          She was so awkward oml

        • Cathy Kelley.

          Don’t remind me, it was so bad! She has improved though, but she needs a character asap.

      • Shady

        Do you remember Aliyah and Carmella having a match in Dallas some weeks after Wrestlemania? Aliyah showed a lot of character there too, I guess they are a good combo

        • Cathy Kelley.

          True. Imo, Aliyah is better as heel.

    • What?

      I need more Mandy Rose in my life. I think she is going to be a big star. Her match with Ember was awesome.

      • Shady

        Right, she’s very talented for her experience. And from that snippet of Carmella vs Mandy we saw in that 6 woman tag before the NXT girls were called up, it would be a pretty neat match

  • Shady

    Nikki and Nattie.. I feel like the feud started off very well with that segment some weeks ago but it hasn’t managed to interest me since.

    I’d love them to wrestle a triple threat match with Carmella next week, where James Ellsworth and the tension between the feuding women costs them to lose to Carmella

  • Perfect! Almost the entire episode was incredible, just the Carmella thing was a mess. The Nikki-Nattie brawl looked brutal and Alexa Vs Becky on a steel the cage match. Damn! Smack Down is the most amazing thing, Raw you have a lot to learn about this “B-Show” ??

  • Crazy. #RIPMae

    Scream when CJ Lunde was in the ring after the commercial I was like “Wtf is that Moolah?” I was shook. CJ Lunde was a mess last night. I was dead because it looked like she was trying to be a mess on purpose.

    • Raekon

      That’s what she tried so it obviously worked cause in the Indies she is a great wrestler going by the Name Thunderkitty for many years now and always rocks her 50s-60s look. ^_^

      • Crazy. #RIPMae

        she should be on Smackdown then it’ll be funny to see her and Eva as a team with Eva giving her more heat

        • Raekon

          It would be awesome and a breeze of fresh air if they would sign her. Thunderkity had prior to SD a dark match vs Katie Forbes which had a tryout for the wwe too.

  • Crazy. #RIPMae

    I hope we get to see Becky on the top of the cage trying to escape but La Luchadora also climbs, distracting Becky as Alexa leaves out the cage door. That’ll be great. Then after we could see Alexa and La Luchadora beat down on Becky as Naomi makes the save. Naomi and Becky Lynch vs Alexa and La Luchadora at the Rumble would be good for me since we had the steel cage match on Smackdown LIVE. Hopefully La Luchadora is revealed at the Rumble.

    • KatyaMenelli

      Omg I was thinking this last Tuesday!!! Great minds think alike.

      • Crazy. #RIPMae

        ikrT but hey

  • Nikki’s Sister

    Really didn’t want Natalya to be the attacker but she’s been proving me wrong. I liked the brawl and how physical they were with each other. I know WWE likes to overuse segments so if they decide to do another brawl I hope it’s a backstage one. Looking forward to Becky vs Alexa next week I hope they kill it.

    • OJ Von Erich

      Considering how most of us despised the idea of Natalya being the attacker, she’s really taken the ball & ran with it.

      • KatyaMenelli

        Yes forreal! I’ve loved this feud for the last few weeks. There’s a reason why Nattie is my favorite woman superstar in WWE.

    • KatyaMenelli

      And that kick to Nikki’s head made my mouth swell up and eyes go wide soooo bad

  • conan_kun

    For those wonder why Naomi not on Smackdown for many weeks
    https://twitter.com/NaomiWWE/status/819032866201935872

    • What?

      If she had the Glow In The Dark entrance but just danced around for about 4 for minutes longer than she already does she would be the greatest heel of all time. That shit is ridiculous. And her attires have been attrocious. Smackdown has been good without her, I say trade her to RAW for Nia Jax.

      • conan_kun

        Trade Naomi for Emma, Raw needs more babyfaces, let Emma to be La Luchadora, then Mickie returns to help Becky even the odd.

      • SummerNoChill

        Naomi suits being a bad ass heel so much better TBH

      • juniorsault06

        You’re kidding me right? I agree with you about her attires but hell no, if she were on RAW she’d be jobbing to Dana Brooke, even though she’s not on TV right now she looks strong

      • wwepassion

        Makes no sense to put her on Raw when it’ll be 10 times worse.

  • Cathy Kelley.

    That brawl was so good! I’m loving Nikki and Natalya. And steel cage next week?! Yas! I am so excited, SD keeps getting better and better. On the other hand, this Carmella/Ellsworth is kinda cringe and weird, but I lowkey dig it because they give Carmella some TV time and wins, so that’s fine with me lol. Also this was so funny gksdfnkj https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/0070612c02232172ad66c9f4a0a896e6da405c241ebd47a86509421f5a4bd9a6.gif

    • Raekon

      Miscommunication since they don’t train the matches before. It can happen.
      She obviously though Carmella is going for a other move.

      • Alicia’s Bipolar Meds

        looks like sto was what she was thinking

        • Raekon

          yep

  • Wicked Bliss

    Alexa’s one month reign already matches Chalotte’s one year reign entertainment wise. But to be fair, Charlotte’s matches are way better than Alexa’s.

    • SummerNoChill

      You’re so right, Alexa just has IT! She is the total package and will be huge in a few years time..

      • KatyaMenelli

        Almost

    • Yaniv Avizrats

      I am really bored by it TBH

  • Gabriella Panajotova

    Alexa and Becky, I can watch them bickering for ages lol

  • I can’t be the only one disgusted with JBL comments about CJ/Thunderkitty. It reminded me of King’s jokes about Mae and Moolah but not in a good way. I don’t know how old is Thunderkitty but she’s definitely not as old as Mae and Moolah were during their feud with Ivory. I can’t believe the other commentators didn’t say anything to him. It made me sick. It ruined a great show for me.

    • ThePeaceVibe.

      100% agree. He’s a complete moron.

    • She’s 34 and I agree, they were a mess

  • Wrestling.fan.from.France

    I didn’t like how the Nattie/Nikki feud was handled the first two weeks but here, this was great! The brawl was vicious and they didn’t hold back. Great way to advance the feud and happy to see Nattie being on top here. One negative was during the backstage attack tho… Nikki selling her leg when Nattie threw her against the wall when’s eh should have sold her head/neck or back here. I really rolled my eyes at this…

    Carmella and Ellsworth is not turning into a good thing. The formula of having Carmella in squash matches is barely helping getting her over as she is facing local talents that nobody cares about in unspectacular fashions by the way. This week especially was bad since her opponent was awful and Carmella isn’t in a stage to carry anyone really. They need to find something better here.

    Alexa vs Becky keeps advancing so that’s good. I see them announcing La Luchadora at the next Smackdown Live episode or at the rumble so that’s good.

    • wwepassion

      She didn’t realize n Nikki’s head into the wall, she went hip/ leg first so why would she hold her neck? Every time she gets hit she shouldn’t hold her neck, she was cleared and shouldn’t focus on her neck 24/7. She did that already in the Carmella feud.

      • Wrestling.fan.from.France

        She went head first, I watched it back. It’s about selling something that should be sold and no matter what happened before. And so if, per say, Eva would attack Carmella’s face, would she sell her hand because she already did it in her past feud? Doesn’t make any sense.

        • wwepassion

          No she didn’t I watched it over again. Scripted or not she isn’t going to risk going head first into a wall after her injury. She went for the leg hence the reason she was limping out and Nattie kept going after her leg….duh

          • Wrestling.fan.from.France

            Well, watch it again then..

          • wwepassion

            Like I said, she was limping and Nat was going after the leg. So why would she be selling her neck when nothing happened to it?

  • Lucas

    Couldn’t pay attention to Carmella’s match ’cause I was too occupied rolling my eyes at how sexist commentary still is if a woman is no skinny and pretty. ugh

    • ThePeaceVibe.

      I know… JBL was seriously annoying. I wanted to reach through the tv and slap the horrible jokes out of him. Sometimes I wish he would just go away. He reminds me of someone that was bullied and instead of learning from the experience he let it turn him into one.

      • Lucas

        Unfortunately, that’s how men are raised to be like in our society. Instead of doing his job and calling the match, he spent most of the time laughing at the woman and saying she was someone’s girlfriend, as if all she could want was to date one of those assholes, just because she didn’t fit in his sexist standards. I was hoping someone would say “how about you talk about the match and not about her looks” but you can’t really expect straight men to be good people, I guess. The worst is seeing so many people in here saying she looks like a freak and stuff like that. Really shows how immature and sexist a lot of wrestling fans still are, even women’s wrestling fans.

        • Shan

          You can’t say that’s how all straight men are raised in our society. Look at the commentary on 205 Live. Those commentators are professionals wherever they put them. JBL is just a douche. I have no idea why they keep putting these sexist idiots on commentary.

          • Lucas

            yeah, i didn’t mean to write they’re all raised like that, but if they turn out to be like that, it’s viewed as normal by a lot of people. that’s what i mean.

          • Shan

            That should never be normal. He’s a douche who just sounds bitter at this point.

        • ThePeaceVibe.

          Being a man myself I guess I was just raised correctly to respect people. It is sad how people are reacting towards a female talent on a site about women’s wrestling. If she had hair extensions, a spray tan, and a skimpy outfit they would be singing a different tune…. sad.

    • Gabriella Panajotova

      I am pretty sure he would call on how the body of a performer looks if it was a man tho. It’s not sexist it is just unneeded.

      • Lucas

        i bet he wouldn’t be talking about it the whole time, saying the guy was someone else’s boyfriend, as if it was something terrible to that date that person. that’s what he did, he not only talked about her body, but made fun of her

        • Gabriella Panajotova

          He makes fun of literally everyone. As I said it was unneccessary but JBL’s commentating is unneccessary 80% of the time.

  • sd live was awesome this week and i cant wait for the next show with lynch vs bliss steel cage

  • Luke

    Lol at her falling backwards as Carmella pulled her forwards

  • Monkey Tennis

    Nikki vs Nattie was the same dull rinse and repeat stuff recycled from Nikki’s equally meh feud with Carmella.

    Alexa vs Becky in a cage is kinda cool, but I still don’t see Alexa dropping the title. The danger now is that Becky continuing to get title shots (and not winning) might start to get little tired.

    None of that matters though. Cause Thunderkitty was on Smackdown. And so all is right with the world!

    • wwepassion

      Your hate on Nikki is the same dull rinse and repeat.

      • Gabriella Panajotova

        How was that hating on Nikki? It pointed flaws in the storyline.

        • wwepassion

          You must be New because she is a well known Bella hater. Never once had she said anything positive or Nice about Nikki….NEVER

          • Gabriella Panajotova

            You must be new to the concept of commentating relevant things. His comment did not regard Nikki as a competitor or even personally. Just chill. No need to attack everyone left and right.

          • wwepassion

            Can you read? She is a well known Bella hater. You must be new

          • Gabriella Panajotova

            Omg, I feel like talking to a child. I’m just gonna stop here.

          • wwepassion

            Don’t care how you feel about me, keep quiet if you don’t know the history of that person

  • QueenSableBomb

    Nattie…what a Queen ??

  • Yaniv Avizrats

    So we get:

    Nikki brawls with “an attacker” for no real reason… Again.

    Becky and Alexa for the title… Again. Adding nonsense stipulation because WWE think stipulation replaces story telling for women. Alexa and Becky still show no chemistry after this long ass feud. When does this nightmare end?

    Carmella which is just… The worst. Pairing up with James Ellis which is also the worst. For pointless in entertaining segment.

    SD in another horrible week.

    • Doctor Tomee #Blissfit

      I stopped reading at “brawling for no reason”

    • wwepassion

      Uh oh you must be a bitter raw fan who is pissed that raw is beneath SD women.

      • Doctor Tomee #Blissfit

        lmao right?
        If this is bad storytelling then I don’t even want to know what he thinks exchanging a title 6 times since July, forced history making and annuling the rest of the division is while at the same time calling it revolutionary.

        • wwepassion

          Yes exactly

        • Yaniv Avizrats

          That was a good feud which the writing and repetetivness hurt a lot. Not to mention the booking. But at the core there was good. Nothing that I see in SD bow has close to that impact.

          • Doctor Tomee #Blissfit

            It was a good feud up until maybe Hell in a Cell. If Sasha retained there and then I would maybe agree, but eventually the creative team couldn’t let it go and in return they ruined a sweet feud. This is not to discredit the wrestlers, Raw simply just doesn’t have writers who can actually do justice for the performers.

    • Windyhawaii

      you’re dumb, which RAW smark sent you here? Mark? 4HW fan?

      • Robann

        LMFAO where’s Mark’s Negative Nancy ass at?

        • Windyhawaii

          Let’s hope not here

    • Yaniv Avizrats

      Gotta love how all the blind fans here attack me for stating the truth. Kill the messenger was always the favored tactic of the weak.

      • Super Mateo

        When you say, “the truth,” you mean your opinion. You have the right to say Becky/Alexa is a nightmare, even though many of us will disagree because Becky/Alexa is a great feud.

        James Ellis? I’ll guess that was a reference to Dasha Fuentes rather than someone just getting the name Ellsworth wrong.

        • Yaniv Avizrats

          Becky Alexa is the most bland shit ever. No charisma from both sides. Boring matches and very repetitive plot.

          • Doctor Tomee #Blissfit

            Becky and Alexa is a feud with actual progression and no bullshitting about “making history” and “bringing the greatness out of the other” and “together we do great things”.
            Alexa and Becky have been feuding for as long as Charlotte and Sasha did at this point and it’s still doesn’t feel dragged out, because the writers deliver.

            Seriously, nobody prefers Smackdown for the wrestling quality, we all know Raw has better pure wrestler, and that’s pretty much it. Smackdown eclipses them in every other aspect.

          • Yaniv Avizrats

            It is funny how the only defense I ever hear about this feud is never about this feud really. It is just more shitting on a different feud. This is a huge inferiority complex. The day people would be able to say good things on this feud without comparing to a different beast , would be the day I would start considering you have a point.

            But I agree about the things that are absent from this feud. Here are some more things absent from this feud: Good story telling, good chemistry between the wrestlers, any sense of importance, good matches, good promos.

            These are the problems and no “they did not mention History” would cure them.

          • Doctor Tomee #Blissfit

            The reason I keep compairing is because the two brands are obviously competing, but if you wish, I can write about just Smackdown itself. Hold on

          • Yaniv Avizrats

            Lol . Do not bother. You will not convince me as you could not come with anything good on the feud in itself before I told you to. Anything you write now is just rebuttle and not original thinking

          • Doctor Tomee #Blissfit

            Anyway… the Raw writers are all monkeys and no matter how much you like them, the ratings will continue to drop. That final episode of Smackdown in 2016 was not the last time they beat Raw.
            http://i.imgur.com/M0m6NRu.png
            If you look closely the gap keeps closing. And this is not an opinion. Enjoy the shitty booking, I know I don’t.

          • Yaniv Avizrats

            That is the best you could do for talking “only about smack down itself”? LOL. Guess there really isn’t much to be said except pushing imaginary brand war .

          • Doctor Tomee #Blissfit

            No I was going to write a long ass dissertation about the feud, but you told me to spare myself, so I left this instead. It’s plain cold proof that the audience is bored to tears with Raw’s terrible stories while Smackdown is on an uphill rise.

          • Yaniv Avizrats

            The only proof I got here is that you have nothing.

            Also, the only thing that graph which was conveniently cut two weeks ago proves is that John Cena is a draw . Big surprise there.

          • Doctor Tomee #Blissfit

            I wasn’t even talking about that last week, just the general trend that both brands have. Raw is steadily declining, while Smackdown has been slowly climbing since the draft and the difference in the ratings is getting smaller and smaller.

            That is not because of any type of brand favouritism, the viewers just enjoy a product with better storylines. You are either blind or ingorant if you don’t see that.

      • Robann

        And it’s not the truth, it’s your opinion. The TRUTH is that SD has been slowly creeping up behind Raw and beating the shit out of them in ratings and reviews as of late. Get over it.

    • Robann

      Are you upset that SD has been consistent damn near every week where as Raw hasn’t? You must be. Poor baby.

    • Yaniv Avizrats

      I don’t get the people here. Is Brand fandom even a thing that exists? Why would I try to push such a stupid cause? The feuds are boring because they are boring. Not because of some ratings war or the stage having blue ropes. Sheesh.

  • A One of a Kind Collectible

    I was watching a WhatCulture video (Can’t remember which one) and they said that the old head writer of NXT is now head writer of SD, which explains why they girls have been given so much time guess

    • Crazy. #RIPMae

      hey girl

  • Doctor Tomee #Blissfit
  • Divalicious

    this I must say was a dull Smackdown
    I hate how Smackdown does these brawls so the girls don’t actually get a full length match
    I mean I get it’s a 2 hour show but like let the guys sit out for a week
    I would have rathered we got the match and had Natalya beat Nikki before she inevitably loses at the end of the feud like Carmella

    • KatyaMenelli

      Because the 4 minute feud was better, which is how much time they would’ve received for the match anyway.

  • Justin Bebier

    Yea Alexa didn’t get the last word. C U Next Tuesday

  • Danny?

    Nattie and Nikki slayed this week. I loved their segment cause the two of them really went at it and showed the hatred they should have for each other. Carmella’s match was just painful to watch and it’s a shame that she continues to get no reaction from the crowd cause she has gotten a bit better in the last month or so.
    Now as for Becky/Alexa, can this just end already! It’s great to see them getting the opportunity for a steel cage match but I don’t see this match being anything special. Their matches in the past have been decent but nothing great and that’s why I’m not holding my breath for a good match. I’m sure it’ll be decent.

  • Lucius #PYM

    Very excited to see the steel cage match.. However, not a lot happened for the women this week instead of Nattie and Nikki’s (in my opinion) stupid story line where they just insult each other week after week like a bunch of high school girls, and Carmella’s match which wasn’t very good. I think it was okay that this week was kinda a down week for the Women of Smackdown because they have been outshining Raw week after week by far. At least they’re keeping us excited to see what is going to be happening next week with that steel cage announcement. I really can’t wait for Smackdown.

    • KatyaMenelli

      It SD was down this week, than RAW was terrible because SD still had me invested and they were consistent.

  • Robann

    *clears throat* https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/5270cec6558541b862daf27deb49025a9b93914b6456e57bb0ce9a6dfb846d91.png

    THE QUEEN’S BACK. I REPEAT, THE QUEEN IS BACK IN THE BUILDING. AND she was welcomed back with a loud pop. :) :) :)

  • Doctor Tomee #Blissfit

    I mean I can understand the current storylines on Smackdown might not be everybody’s cup of tea, but to actually think they are terrible…
    These are literally the most carefully planned storylines in the entire WWE right now, with actualy progression curves.

  • Doctor Tomee #Blissfit

    There is no brand fandom to be talking about. Everybody has wrestlers who they like on both brands. At the same time we won’t accept anything and everything as great just because Michael Cole says so.

  • Doctor Tomee #Blissfit

    I’ll say it again, the writing team has no clue what to do with the tremendous talent on Raw. Which is why their ratings continue to drop. This is not a dig at the wrestlers.

  • KatyaMenelli

    It’s obvious that La Luchadora is Mickie imo. I mean I found that out two weeks ago when Becky threw those Forearm shots to the face. I only know one woman who sells strikes like that.