History will be made at this year’s Money in the Bank PPV event as the SmackDown Women’s Division will take part in the first ever Women’s Money in the Bank Ladder match.

To help hype up the historic match Natalya, one of the five participants, spoke with ESPN where discussed the importance behind the Women’s Money in the Bank Ladder match, how she is preparing for it and it’s level of unpredictability. Highlights of the interview below.

On participating in the first Women’s Money in the Bank Ladder match: “The Money in the Bank ladder match is going to be insane, because it is a first for us. But we’re not just girls going in there and fighting with each other. We’re Superstars in the WWE. Our company is treating us just like they’re treating the guys. It’s funny that you mention how special the SmackDown women’s division is, because we are all feeling it. It’s not just the audience, the WWE universe that’s noticing it. We notice it too.”

On the unpredictability of the match: “What I love about SmackDown Live is that every single girl means something. It doesn’t feel, when you watch a match, like, ‘Oh, we definitely know she’s going to win.’ There’s this level of unpredictability, and I think that in the Money in the Bank match, you’re going to see that level of unpredictability.”

On how she is preparing for the match: “My husband [Tyson Kidd] was part of the 2012 Money in the Bank ladder match, so I’ve been picking his brain. I’m very close friends with Christian and Edge. I’ve been picking their brains about how to make this match special. So I’ve brought every resource [I have], every tool in the box.”

Natalya also discusses her loyalty to the SmackDown Women’s division, the friendly competition between the Raw Women’s division and the pressure of performing in a physical style match.

You can read the full interview here.

What did you think of the interview? Do you think Sunday’s match will be unpredictable? Who are you rooting for to win? Let us know in the comments below!

  • Darryl lee


  • I really hope she wins the match, she’s honestly an amazing talent who has given everyone else shine but herself. WWE should realize that and let her have her moment again.

    • Darryl lee

      Except the people hardly cares about her anymore. Just like alicia fox.

      • Which proves my point.

        • Darryl lee

          Which is?

          • That she’s underused and underappreciated.

          • Darryl lee

            And you expect people to care once she wins that briefcase? They know what’s up once they win the briefcase.

          • I expect her winning the title and solidifying her spot if that happens.

          • Darryl lee

            Well, you might as well be Trying out for the lottery instead. You have a better shot at winning the lottery than natalya getting the briefcase.

      • BLKLTR05

        But that isn’t the talents’ fault at all. That’s the bookers fault. They need to give the girls, ALL the girls the same chance to shine and allow the audience to get to know them. Just look at how Alicia resonated with fans when she went crazy. The audience ate that shit up! But as WWE is wont to do, they dropped the ball.

        • Darryl lee

          True, but you expect wwe to give her a push when it’s far too late and no one gives a damn about her anymore?

          • BLKLTR05

            Yes I do because she can obviously put on a good match and is talented to boot. If they pushed her properly agains Sasha instead of letting Sasha get the upper hand, they could have easily pushed her to the top but no, they have her stuck on the Cruiserweight division.

  • #Lasskicker

    See Becky or Carmella winning but tbh Nattie has given years without many hiatuses and deserves this.

  • Shawn Ellis

    I think she should def win beat my fav Naomi at summerslam then go on to fued with charlotte her or Tamina. Charlotte had so much credibility that she doesn’t need this it’s about building a great division

    • Rocky1990

      I agree!

      Nattie wins MITB
      Naomi vs Charlotte at Summerslam with Naomi successfully defending
      Nattie cashes in on a defenseless Naomi.

      This could be iconic.

  • Don ?

    I hope either Natalya or Carmella wins. I’m leaning more towards Natalya though.

  • GlowTime

    I think Natalya should win this. She deserves it. I really do think this match is going to be something special, literally can’t wait!!!

  • BriesBreakfast

    Nattie should win to compensate for only having 1 title reign to her name.

    Plus, it will make her a hardcore triple crown winner of sorts:

    1. Winner of the first female tables match at TLC
    2.Winner of a Falls Count Anywhere match.
    3. Winner of the first Female M.I.T.B match.

    In my opinion, winning MITB will solidify Natalya’s legacy and give her the recognition she deserves.

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  • Danny?

    Nattie is just so cute I can’t, what a sweetheart! Hoping Nattie or Tamina win on Sunday.

  • BLKLTR05

    I think the match is really unpredictable in who will win but not in who WON’T win. Tamina won’t win. The other 4 have a chance, even if they don’t deserve or need it. Carmella doesn’t deserve it and Charlotte doesn’t need it. That leaves Becky and Nattie and out of the two, Nattie needs and deserves this the most.

  • Jo9834

    I honestly feel like Charlotte should win this, at this point its not about who ‘deserves’ the win because clearly that would be Nattie, but if Charlotte could take the title from Naomi, Nattie would have a greater moment taking the title from Charlotte, on a grand stage like Summerslam in a killer match.

    • Charlotte has had too many chances in the sun & the MITB winner 9/10 should be someone who needs that push.

    • BLKLTR05

      Charlotte doesn’t need it and the match itself doesn’t need her. She can elevate anybody just because of her previous accomplishments. She can elevate anyone without the title. The person who holds the briefcase should be the one who needs this push the most and deserves it more than anyone else and that’s Nattie.

      • Aye Mate

        Carmella and Natalya are both seeking credibility, but the difference between the two (and it’s an essential one to remember) is that the latter has more to offer her division should she gain that credibility.

        • BLKLTR05

          That most definitely is an essential difference between the two! Also, Carmella winning the briefcase wouldn’t necessarily give her credibility. I think she (and every other homegrown talent seen as just a model) should gain it by putting on great displays of athleticism in the ring, not just on the mic (which Mella is AMAZING on) or in brawls which we have seen plenty from her with Nikki.

          • Aye Mate

            I don’t really rate Carmella at all to be honest. Merely my own opinion; she’s fluid enough on the mic, yes, but her wrestling is far too inconsistent. And again, Nattie may have the personality of a dish towel, but I’d take her exquisite wrestling over Carmella’s best ring work any day of the week.

          • BLKLTR05

            Unfortunately Vince is high on Carmella so I see her getting the Title sometime this year or next year. She is serviceable in the ring at least. Alexa is better for sure though.

  • C’mon Nattie with the inside info lol she’s lowkey my 2nd choice to win because she deserves.

  • Aye Mate

    The thing is, although I can understand the outlined rationale for Carmella and Tamina winning, I just can’t imagine their input in the match being what it needs to be to pull off the momentous win. And therein lies the rub: we’re going to (hopefully) reflect on this match as a classic moment in women’s wrestling history, and the result plays a pivotal part in that. I guess what I’m saying is, that three of the women involved are leagues and leagues ahead of the other two – that’s the unpredictability of the match for me.

    Personally I’d love Becky or Nattie to win. Charlotte, I wouldn’t mind, though at this point it would feel like typical stat filler.

  • Kelly/Asuka???RainbowGoddess!

    I know Nattie is talented in the ring and a season vet and she can bring out the best in everyone so she knows her role. She does not need to win at MITB. She is better at putting people over than being champ.

    • BLKLTR05

      So basically keep her as a jobber? NO, she doesn’t deserve that at all.

      • Kelly/Asuka???RainbowGoddess!

        She still can win matches, just not title matches.

        • BLKLTR05

          Then how is she supposed to elevate her competitors when she is just going to get buried when it comes to the matches where it really counts? She NEEDS the credibility of a champion and being Diva’s champion for a handful of months years ago isn’t going to cut it in today’s landscape.

    • George

      Well i see your point and i agree somehow, but she’s so good would be nice for her to win the match, she deserves the HOF in the future and this will help her

      • Kelly/Asuka???RainbowGoddess!

        She will be in the HOF regardless tbh Nattie is one of the company’s hardest workers and the biggest yes woman in the company. She doesn’t need accolades to get into the HOF. She will be fine.

    • Bryskers

      I understand where you are coming from. You always need someone to put over people, and Nattie is the perfect person to do just that. But that doesn’t mean that she shouldn’t be given the chance to do more. A title run certainly wouldn’t hurt anyone. And she truly EARNED it. For her consistency, her loyalty and, let’s be honest, for all the time the company made a fool of her.
      I always cringe a little when people scream “X/Y/Z DESERVES IT” about anyone when they don’t deserve anything, but in this case, she truly does. More than anybody else.

      • Aye Mate

        The most ironic beauty of her epic Takeover match with Charlotte is that it was the first true moment the world saw the real extent of Nattie Neidhart’s wrestling ability. And even more ironic is that Charlotte was once dogged with the same criticism Nattie has never overcome: that she was a wet personality, no charisma, no promo ability. But if WWE had invested in Nattie all these years in the same vein they have Charlotte, in allowing her to naturally develop her persona, her career trajectory could have been so much more substantial.

        But deserving a win isn’t enough. What Nattie really, really needs is for the win to be a launchpad for WWE to reinvent her as the wrestler the world clearly acknowledges but has the difficult task of overlooking all the silly ways they’ve tried to make us forget it. That clean break, actually, is what Nattie Neidhart truly deserves.

        • #BrieForPeace ?

          PREACH! This is exactly 100% what I think! However Nattie needs to be receptive and adapt herself to a breath of fresh air in her carreer if it does happen and let go of her old ways of acting and doing stuff. She needs to reinvent her way of perceiving her character and wrestling first and then capitalize that launchpad opportunity.

      • Kelly/Asuka???RainbowGoddess!

        She’s gone this long without winning a title. She will be fine. She doesn’t need accolades to get into the HOF and that’s how WWE can reward later by inducting her into the HOF.

    • Wicked Bliss

      Give her one more reign as a reward for putting mostly everyone over.

      • Kelly/Asuka???RainbowGoddess!

        Sometimes rewards aren’t best for business. WWE can reward later by inducting her into the HOF.

  • Miguel Orona Rodríguez

    If Nattie wins, that’s a game changer. She needs something like this to show up a new side of her. This match made Edge and gave Dolph a few opportunities.

  • Miguel Orona Rodríguez

    When is the NXT redux taking place? I need to speak about last nights episode!

  • Darren C. #Anti-Marks ?

    I’m cheering for her, Tamina and Charlotte.

    If none of them win… https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/101ea336d817f6d252ff9ca13f8e49a66e705c1b89ba01b79264b657518dc948.gif

  • Wicked Bliss

    I want Natalya, Tamina or Camella win. Faces does not need another big win. Sd heels need more development and winning this would be a great help.

  • Womensor

    I think Carmella should be the winner. She could be the female version of Edge, the oportunist, and she is the weaker of the division, so with that briefcast she can be on the top so easy. She is good on the mic, too, and has Ellsworth to help her. I think it could work. Then, Nattie or Tamian, jealous of her, could be the next challengers and/or champs.

  • Jesus’s brother

    Rock version of her theme song, AWESOME

  • B J

    Nattie for the win!

  • Jouey

    Guys, there are rumours about a surpirse women to be in the match and also to be the winner…